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The OSDH has sponsored the development of this Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention Collaborative to accomplish two main purposes:

1. The overarching purpose of this HAI Collaborative is to prevent SSIs in the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma SSI Prevention Collaborative will support participating hospitals and their surgical team collaborative members by offering guidance, education, methodology, and evidence-based practice interventions which have demonstrated improvement in surgical patient outcomes. 

2. The secondary purpose of the collaborative is to prepare and assist Oklahoma hospitals that perform surgery to successfully report SSIs via the NHSN electronic surveillance system as surveillance is an integral part of infection prevention and control programs in hospitals. Standard data collection and analysis is vital to monitor progress towards the reduction of SSIs and other HAIs at both the facility and state level.

The Oklahoma HAI Prevention Advisory Work Group identified SSIs as one of the HAI prevention targets for which a joint collaborative would be formed for the collective purpose of preventing SSI infections within Oklahoma hospitals. The Oklahoma HAI Prevention Advisory Work Group selected the goals and objectives listed below which are consistent with the HHS metrics for the SSI prevention target. 

Long Term Goal: To reduce the SSI Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) by at least 25% from baseline as a 5 year goal.

Short Term Goal: To reduce the SSI SIR by at least 10% from baseline at the end of the collaborative project.

Objectives: To identify and implement prevention strategies that build a culture of patient safety and move beyond the culture of blame.

Surgical Site Infection Prevention Collaborative Handbook

To download an electronic copy of the SSI Prevention Collaborative Handbook, please click here.

The link below will take you to the training module that will assist you in inputting SSI data into the NHSN database. 


Learning Sessions

May 17, 2011

May 31, 2011

Surgical Site Infection Prevention Outcomes Congress!!!

The conference has been scheduled and will take place on December 5, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. Registration is limited to 150 participants so get registered early! For details please view the links below:

SSI Prevention Conference Flyer.pdf

SSI Prevention Conference Registration Form.doc


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