Whitepaper | Educate‚ Empower‚ Engage: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Call to Action for Reducing Surgical Site Infection
More than 80 subject matter experts‚ noted faculty‚ professional society leaders and industry partners came together during the Infection Prevention Leadership Summit to take a fresh look at challenges and barriers associated with reducing SSIs. The overall consensus and call to action in this whitepaper is to educate‚ empower and engage (E3) all parties‚ from c-suite to hospital staff to patients‚ while also leveraging the power of unity among societies‚ such that all are working and communicating collaboratively toward a single goal: improving patient care through reducing Surgical Site Infections.
We would like to recognize and thank the healthcare leaders who attended the 2011 Summit and participated in workshops to define the principles needed for successful cross-functional collaboration in the area of SSI reduction.
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Summit Faculty and Whitepaper authors:
E. Patchen Dellinger‚ MD‚
Richard P. Dutton‚ MD‚ MBA‚
Steven Gordon‚ MD‚
Charlotte L. Guglielmi‚ MA‚ BSN‚ RN‚ CNOR‚
Lisa Spence Huber‚ BA‚ CRCST‚ ACE‚ FCS‚
Kathleen Kohut‚ RN‚ MSN‚ CIC‚ CNOR
(Note: author affiliations provided in the Whitepaper Executive Summary)
Professional Society Partners:
Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM)
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
Surgical Infection Society (SIS)
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA)