Candis Kles, Elizabeth Baugus-Wellmeier, Kerry Fleming; Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, GA

Purpose: Surgical site infections (SSIs) increase mortality, readmission rates, length of stay, and cost to patients and medical facilities. A need for reduction of SSIs after isolated coronary artery bypass (CABG) with donor site surgery was identified by a comparison of our rate with the rates cited by the National Healthcare Safety Network. The purpose of this project was to decrease our rate of SSIs by 40% to achieve an annual rate of 1.61 per 100 procedures. This rate is based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ national safety goal for overall reduction in hospital infections. Description: Using DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) and rapid adoption methods, a multidisciplinary committee of cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses from each patient contact department, environmental services, home health care, and support personnel...

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