To provide information on risk factors for surgical site infections (SSIs) and actions to mitigate that risk. This continuing education activity is intended for surgeons, surgical teams, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1. Identify modifiable risk factors associated with the development of SSIs.2. Select steps to mitigate the risks for and morbidity from SSIs. Given the current reimbursement structure, the avoidance of a surgical site infection (SSI) is crucial. Although many risk factors are associated with the formation of an SSI, a proactive and interprofessional approach can help modify some factors. Postoperative strategies also can be applied to help prevent an SSI. If an SSI becomes a chronic wound, there are recommended guidelines and strategies that can foster healing.

Delmore, Cohen, O’Neill, Chu, Pham, Chiu, , , (2017). Reducing Postsurgical Wound Complications: A Critical Review.¬†Advances in skin & wound care, 2017 Jun;30(6):272-286.¬†https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28520605