Decreasing the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection – The Patient Journey

National Meeting
Date Time
Friday, April 30, 2021 10:00am to 5:30pm ET Register


Vedra Augenstein, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Atrium Health
Carolinas HealthCare System
Charlotte, North Carolina

H. John Cooper, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Division of Hip & Knee Reconstruction
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
New York, New York

Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Private Practice
Vancouver, Washington

Paul J. Kim, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Director
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Richard C. Prielipp, MD, MBA, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology, Univ of Minnesota
Executive Section Editor, Patient Safety
Anesthesia & Analgesia
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Red Hills Surgical Center
Tallahassee, Florida

Devinder Singh, MD
Chief & Program Director, Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Miami and Jackson Health Systems
Clinical Professor of Surgery (interim)
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Casey Thomas, DO, FACS, FACOS
Chief Medical Officer
The Surgicalist Group
Jackson, Wyoming


Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), an HMP Global Company.

For questions regarding this educational activity, please call 609-371-1137 or email


This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, and physician assistants in plastic surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, and podiatry. 


After participating in this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Examine the latest trends that are shaping healthcare today and the overall focus on health care quality outcomes
  • Recognize the health and economic impact of surgical site infections (SSIs)
  • Explain the process for assessing patient populations at risk for surgical site compromise and identify risk reduction strategies
  • Investigate the importance of maintaining perioperative normothermia as a component of global standard surgical care and the prevention of surgical complications
  • Explore the role of closed incision negative pressure wound therapy for incision and surrounding soft tissue management to help reduce the risk of surgical site complications, hospital readmissions & post-op follow-up appointments

To be eligible for credit, participants must complete the online activity and the evaluation. Upon completing the activity, there will be instructions on how to complete the evaluation and print a certificate or other documentation of credit.

Release Date: April 30, 2021
Expiration Date: April 30, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete: 7.00 hours

There is no fee associated with this activity.


NACCME would like to thank the following company who has supported "Decreasing the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection – The Patient Journey" through educational grants and/or in-kind support: 3M Health Care, Medical Solutions Division 



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Clinical Reviewers

Daniel Federman, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Associate Chief of Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, Connecticut

Nurse Planner: Susie Seaman, NP, MSN, CWOCN, Susie Seaman Wound Care Consulting, San Diego, CA

Planning Committee

In addition to the faculty listed below, NACCME planners and staff include Samantha Conforti, Mary Johnson, Tiffney Oliver, Randy Robbin, Greaton Sellers and Margie Stefan. 

All planning committee members have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.


The faculty has reported the following:

Dr. Augenstein: Consultant and Speakers' Bureau—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division, Allergan, Intuitive, Medtronic, Vicarious Surgical

Dr. Cooper: Consultant—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division, DePuy, Zimmer-Biomet

Dr. Gabriel: Consultant—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division, Allergan

Dr. Kim: Consultant and Speakers' Bureau—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division

Dr. Prielipp: Speakers' Bureau—Merck Co, Inc, Key Opinion Leader Program—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division

Dr. Thomas: Consultant and Speakers' Bureau—Lifecell; Medical Advisor—3M Healthcare Medical Solution's Division

Dr. Federman, Ms. Seaman, Dr. Shapiro, and Dr. Singh have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.


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