The OneTogether collaborative approach to reduce the risk of surgical site infection: identifying the challenges to assuring best practice

Wilson, Jennie, Topley, Kathryn, Stott, Dawn and Neachall, Jonathan (2015) The OneTogether collaborative approach to reduce the risk of surgical site infection: identifying the challenges to assuring best practice. Journal of Infection Prevention, 16 (3). pp. 18-25. ISSN 1757-1774

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Abstract

Background: Surgical site infections (SSI) account for 16% of healthcare associated infections, and are associated with considerable morbidity, mortality and increased costs of care. Ensuring evidence-based practice to prevent SSI is incorporated across the patient’s surgical journey is complex. OneTogether is a quality improvement collaborative of infection prevention and operating department specialists, formed to support the spread and adoption of best practice to prevent SSI. This paper describes the findings of an expert workshop on infection prevention in operating departments.
Methods: A total of 84 delegates from 75 hospitals attended the workshop, comprising 46 (55%) theatre nurses/operating department practitioners; 16 (19%) infection control practitioners and 22 (26%) other healthcare practitioners.
Discussion focused on evidence, policy implementation and barriers to best practice. Responses were synthesised into a narrative review.
Results: Delegates reported significant problems in translating evidence-based guidance into everyday practice, lack of local polices and poor compliance. Major barriers were lack of leadership, poorly defined responsibilities, and lack of knowledge/training.
Conclusions: This workshop has provided important insights into major challenges in assuring compliance with best practice in relation to the prevention of SSI. The OneTogether partnership aims to support healthcare practitioners to improve the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery by reducing the risk of SSI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Audit, behaviour, clinical governance, competencies, education, evidence-based practice, surgical site infection
Subjects: Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Jennie Wilson
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 11:39
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:42
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2276

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