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A quality improvement initiative to prevent SSIs

Kate Woodhead provides an insight into an award-winning quality improvement initiative, implemented at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT, which significantly reduced the incidence of perioperative hypothermia – a well-known risk factor for SSIs.

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS provides an insight into an award-winning quality improvement initiative, implemented at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which significantly reduced the incidence of perioperative hypothermia – a well-known risk factor for surgical site infection.

OneTogether is a group of representatives from professional organisations who have a passion for reducing surgical site infections, which cause such misery to patients. The organisations which founded and continue to support the quality improvement initiative are The Royal College of Nursing, The Infection Prevention Society, The Association for Perioperative Practice, the College of Operating Department Practitioners, 3M company and the Central Sterilising Club.

The group devise infection prevention resources for use in hospital operating rooms to ensure that practice is in line with evidence-based guidance. The resources are freely available on the OneTogether website (www.onetogether.org.uk/resources) There is an annual conference, except in 2020 for reasons of COVID-19, where Awards are given for quality practice development.

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AfPP Annual Conference 2022

University of York
8-11 September 2022

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

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17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

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Dusseldorf Germany
14th November - 17th November

Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

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