|Dr. Michael Scott|
My experience with surgical site infection (SSI) risk reduction is a mixed bag. Perhaps our interventions were seen as too infectious disease oriented and not in line with a global surgical quality approach.
What was desperately needed was a comprehensive, bundled approach to surgical safety with ownership by anesthesiologists and surgeons, where reduced surgical site infections are a secondary yet important collateral benefit.
Enter Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol!
I refer you to this excellent review article on ERAS published in JAMA Surgery by my VCU colleague, Dr. Michael Scott. The topic was presented at VCU Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on 4/12/18 by Dr. Scott.
Enhanced (early) recovery after surgery results in fewer complications and fewer infections.
More information at the ERAS site.
I am off to SHEA 2018 next week, stay tuned.