Surgical Site Infection STRIKE Teams

Kristine Wells, BSN, RN, CNOR, Stephani Gallenberger, RN, CNOR, Emily Hesterly, Jay Radlund, RN, Holly Francis, Savannah Shortess, BSN, RN, CNOR, Rachel Schmidt, BSN, RN, CNOR, Michelle Schmitz, CIC, ICP, Charles Heise, MD, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD

Contact: RSchmidt3@uwhealth.org, LBavery@uwhealth.org, ahelke@uwhealth.org, MSpreeman@uwhealth.org

In January 2019, two Surgical Site Infection STRIKE Teams—Colon and Abdominal Hysterectomy STRIKE Teams—were formed and tasked with implementing real-time root cause analysis (RCA) and FOCUS-PDCA interventions to improve compliance and sustainment of SSI bundle elements. Through successful interdisciplinary collaboration and multiple rapid, evidence-based process improvement interventions, the STRIKE Teams have achieved sustained decreases in colon and abdominal hysterectomy SSI rates, thus improving surgical outcomes for this patient population.

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