Promoting best practice in infection prevention in general surgery through education.
Surgical patients are particularly at risk of healthcare associated infection (H C A I) by virtue of the presence of a surgical site leading to surgical site infections (S S I) and because of the need for intravascular access resulting in catheter-related bloodstream infection (C R B S I).
A two-year initiative commenced with an initial audit of surgical practice which was used to inform the development of a targeted educational initiative by surgeons specific for surgical trainees. Parameters assessed during initial and repeat audits after the educational initiative included intra- and post-operative aspects of the prevention o f S S I as well as the care of peripheral venous cannulae (P V C ) in surgical patients.
The proportion of prophylactic antibiotics administered pre-incision across 360 operations increased from 30% to 59.1% (p
Significant improvements were seen in surgical practice in S S I and C R B S I prevention through a focused educational programme developed by and for surgeons.
First SupervisorProfessor Hilary Humphreys
Second SupervisorProfessor Arnold DK Hill
CommentsA Theses presented to The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for the degree of Doctor of Medicine
Published CitationMcHugh SM. Promoting best practice in infection prevention in general surgery through education. [MD Thesis]. Dublin: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; 2011.
- Doctor of Medicine (MD)