Thesis Committee Member(s)
Gilbert, Karen A.
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
Surgical site infections are a financial burden to society and are the second most frequently reported Health Associated Infection (HAI) that increases hospital stays and the chief cause of preventable death (Agency of Health Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2009; National Priorities Partnership [NPP], 2008). It is branded as the top national priority for the United States Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and the AHRQ. Unplanned perioperative hypothermia (UPH) is associated with a 68 percent increase in the incidence of surgical site infections (Kurz, Sessler, & Lenhardt, 1996; Pikus & Hooper, 2010). The prevention of UPH and promotion of perioperative normothermia has come to the national forefront as a quality measurement designated by the Surgical Care Improvement Program (SCIP) (2005; n.d). The incidence of SSI's in the ambulatory surgical population has not been well researched (AHRQ, 2009; Barie, 2010). Therefore, the PICO question that the researcher is trying to solve is: In adult patients undergoing ambulatory surgery, do patients who are prewarmed during surgery have fewer SSIs than those that are not? Purpose The purpose of this DNP project was to determine the incidence of UPH and SSI in the ambulatory surgery population. In addition, a relationship of Preoperative patient warming to the incidence of UPH (intraoperatively) and SSI in the ambulatory surgery population was determined. The goal of the project was to identify whether the standard of care (the SCIP measures/intraoperative warming methods) was met in an adult ambulatory surgical population and whether there was a relationship between hypothermia occurrence and the subsequent development of an SSI.
Date of Award
© Krista LaRussa
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LaRussa, Krista A., "A Practice-Based Research Approach to Explore the Relationship of Preoperative Warming to the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection in the Ambulatory Surgical Patient" (2012). All Regis University Theses. 164.