AORN Comprehensive Surgical Checklist

AORN

The AORN Comprehensive Surgical Checklist can be downloaded and customized to meet a facility’s needs. The checklist includes key safety checks as outlined in the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist and The Joint Commission Universal Protocol. It is designed for use in all types of facilities (hospital ORs, ambulatory surgery settings, physician offices).

The Prevention of Surgical Site Infection in Elective Colon Surgery

Pubmed Article

Infections at the surgical site continue to occur in as many as 20% of elective colon resection cases. Methods to reduce these infections are inconsistently applied. Surgical site infection (SSI) is the result of multiple interactive variables including the inoculum of bacteria that contaminate the site, the virulence of the contaminating microbes, and the local environment at the surgical site. These variables that promote infection are potentially offset by the effectiveness of the host defense. Reduction in the inoculum of bacteria is achieved by appropriate surgical site preparation, systemic preventive antibiotics, and use of mechanical bowel preparation in conjunction with the oral antibiotic bowel preparation. Intraoperative reduction of hematoma, necrotic tissue, foreign bodies, and tissue dead space will reduce infections. Enhancement of the host may be achieved by perioperative supplemental oxygenation, maintenance of normothermia, and glycemic control. These methods require additional research to identify optimum application. Uniform application of currently understood methods and continued research into new methods to reduce microbial contamination and enhancement of host responsiveness can lead to better outcomes.

HQIC Antibiotic Stewardship Workgroup- Clostridioides difficile Module

Prepared by IPRO QIN/QIO

Video interview with a nurse describing her own C.  difficile survival story. The story includes a first-person accounting of her yearlong hospitalization, the impact of antibiotic therapy, prevention of C. difficile and the long-term effects of this devastating antibiotic adverse event.

Opioid and Pain Management Best Practices: Strategies for Success: Self – Assessment

Prepared by IPRO QIN-QIO, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement & Innovation Group

Use with Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain document and the Opioid and Pain Management Best Practice Aggregate Results Dashboard.

IPRO HQIC September 2021 PFE LAN: Understanding the Lifecycle of a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)

This material was prepared by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the IPRO Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC)

In this pre-recorded event, the AIR team hosts a discussion about the different stages of a PFAC, including how to identify them and how to move forward. The event features real-world examples of how hospitals have responded to the evolving needs of their PFACs. It includes a facilitated discussion about steps that all hospitals can take today to make the most of their PFACs and sustain engagement over time.

Toolkit for Decolonization of Non-ICU Patients with Devices

Prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This toolkit will provide hospital infection prevention programs with instructions for implementing targeted decolonization in adult patients with medical devices in hospital units outside of intensive care (i.e., non-ICUs).