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Medline to Unveil Comprehensive Approach to Reducing SSIs at AORN

CDC reports an SSI equates to an average of 7-10 additional days for length of stay in the hospital

By Marianne Ostrogorski | March 15, 2017

Surgical site infections (SSIs) now account for 31 percent of all health care-associated infections (HAIs) among hospitalized patients according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  And experts say they’re coming with a hefty price tag: $10 billion every year.

There’s an even greater physical and emotional toll on the patients.  The Institute for Healthcare Improvement shares one woman’s story where a SSI led to the loss of part of her right leg, but she also lost her home, her job and much of her independence.

Combatting HAIs

Perioperative planning requires standardization and it is important that the care delivered at every level is aligned while having consistency from provider to provider.  Leading medical supplier Medline offers products, solutions and education to help prevent SSIs throughout the patient’s journey from physician office through post-op care.  During the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN Surgical Conference and Expo 2017) in Boston, April 1 – 5, the final ‘key’ to helping healthcare providers reduce SSIs will be revealed at Booth 1841.

Click to tweet: @Medline final ‘key’ to helping healthcare providers reduce SSIs will be revealed at Booth 1841 at #AORN2017

“I will say it is very special because it is the pinnacle of empowering and engaging patients, making them a part of their care and supporting the OR staff,” said Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer, Medline.  “By partnering with Medline, we provide innovative solutions to help healthcare systems lower costs, make a better consumer experience while delivering a quality outcome every time.”

MacInnes will be available for interviews about how Medline’s programs and clinical expertise recently assisted a large healthcare organization with more than 35 hospitals improve their patient experience, lower costs and reduce risk when they adopted the company’s SSI-reduction initiative in a majority of their surgical units by using a systematic coordination of care known as systemness.

Continuing Education

This year, Medline is offering exclusive in-booth education titled ‘The Key to SSI Reduction: Achieving Systemness.  Healthcare systems are beginning to utilize a practice of systemness: end-to-end standardization to help improve the quality and consistency of care.  Attendees will walk away with a better understanding about systemness, ways it can give a consistent patient and caregiver experience regardless of the setting and its role in reducing SSIs.  After AORN, the course will be offered on Medline University, the largest, free online education platform with more than 250 courses for continuing education credit.

Click to tweet: Reducing SSIs with #MedlineAtAORN. @Medline is offering new CE course on ‘Achieving Systemness’ at #AORN2017

For more information about zeroing in on HAIs, visit  To hear more from MacInness about the impact of SSIs on hospitals and patients, click here to read “The Voices of Healthcare” blog.

Education and Expertise

Attendees checking out Booth 1841 will also have the opportunity to learn about infection prevention best practices and engage with Medline representatives and clinicians on how to increase efficiencies in perioperative supply management.  With more than 50 years outfitting operating rooms, Medline’s perioperative experts work to proactively solve the toughest O.R. challenges with a deep product portfolio that can meet demands across the perioperative continuum.  The right products and resources can help elevate patient care, drive efficiencies and control costs.

About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care.  For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.