A primary concern in healthcare today is the prevention of infection. Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the leading type of infection among hospitalized patients. Advanced practice nurses play a vital role in patient care, and those who incorporate best practice standards can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with SSIs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published recommendations for prevention of SSIs. This article reviews current literature regarding the prevention of SSIs and how critical care practitioners can incorporate these scientifically tested recommendations into their practice.
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Emerging Infections| August 01 2002
Awareness of Surgical Site Infections for Advanced Practice Nurses
Judith Seltzer, MS, RN, CNOR;
From University of Maryland Medical Center (Ms Seltzer, McGrow, and Horsman); and the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Medicine (Dr Korniewicz).
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Kathleen McGrow, BSN, RN, CCRN;
Alison Horsman, BSN, RN, CNOR;
Denise M. Korniewicz, DNSc, RN, FAAN
AACN Adv Crit Care (2002) 13 (3): 398–409.
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Judith Seltzer, Kathleen McGrow, Alison Horsman, Denise M. Korniewicz; Awareness of Surgical Site Infections for Advanced Practice Nurses. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 2002; 13 (3): 398–409. doi:
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