The goal of this program is to provide nurses, pharmacists and surgical technologists with information about preventing surgical site infections (SSIs). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain why prophylactic antibiotics should be given 30 to 60 minutes before incision and discontinued within 24 hours after surgery
- Discuss why giving antibiotics after wound closure does not prevent infections
- Discuss why hypothermia and hyperglycemia are included in Joint Commission core measures for preventing SSIs
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, pharmacists and surgical technologists.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com
and search for this topic title.