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Archive Infection Control 2013

Inside Our Antibiotic Delivery Success

We've achieved 100% compliance in selecting the correct medication and delivering it on time.

Catherine Rehnert, RN, MSN

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Marian LeCoultre, RN, BSN, CNOR

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antibiotic administration practices DYNAMIC DUO Catherine Rehnert, RN, MSN (left), and Marian LeCoultre, RN, BSN, CNOR, helped improve antibiotic administration practices at St. Luke's University Health Network.

One out of every 24 patients develops a surgical site infection, according to current literature, and antibiotic selection and timing are key first steps to reducing the risk. In 2009, however, our compliance rate for delivering the appropriate antibiotic hovered around 92%. Good, not great, so we monitored our surgical team's performance and discovered inconsistency in selecting the right medication was a major issue. The essential elements of our improved antibiotic delivery program highlighted here have kept our compliance rate at 100% since July 2010, and we're confident it won't slip again.

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