Implementing evidence-based practice findings to decrease postoperative sternal wound infections following open heart surgery.

@article{Haycock2005ImplementingEP,
  title={Implementing evidence-based practice findings to decrease postoperative sternal wound infections following open heart surgery.},
  author={Camille Haycock and Craig Laser and Jennifer Keuth and Kerry Montefour and Melissa D Wilson and Kerry Austin and Charmaine Coulen and Deborah Boyle},
  journal={The Journal of cardiovascular nursing},
  year={2005},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={299-305}
}
Sternal wound infections following open heart surgery are an infrequent occurrence but can have significant impact on patient morbidity, length of stay, and cost of care. The objective of this project initiative was to decrease the incidence of sternal wound infections by examining and changing current practice in the preoperative and postoperative management of patients undergoing open heart surgery. Following a literature review of interdisciplinary best practices, process teams were formed… CONTINUE READING