SSI Prevention After
By Rebecca Rudolph-Witt, Editor
Outpatient surgeries were a foreign
concept to the surgical industry about
40 years ago when two surgeons
opened up the first practice in 1970.
Since then, the money-saving trend
has caught fire.
A 2013 study found that of the
35.1 million United States surgery
patients, about 65 percent were discharged to a home setting for care.
The initial challenges of providing
quality care in the outpatient setting
have been addressed, but a renewed
focus on readmission rates has
strengthened the focus on a healthy
Vicki Allen, MSN, RN, CIC, vice chair
of APIC’s Communications Committee,
explains that patient education on
surgical site infections and common
post-operative complications is the crux
of confidently discharging patients.
Allen’s facility uses hard copy and
digital educational materials to prepare
Experts Say Educated Patients are the Key to Reduce Readmission Rates
“I think the checklists
and it’s a great way
to make sure all the
checks and balances
are in place.”