Surgical Pathway is Part of Patient SafetyName : Caroline Bilen
Affliation : Scientific Affair and Education Manager
University : 3M, CEEMEA - Infection Prevention Division
Country : UAE
Discussion: Health care-associated infections (HCAI) are the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery worldwide. Up to 16% of HCAI are Surgical Site infections (SSI). Managing the risk of Surgical Site infection is complex .Many patients are affected by SSI each year, leading to significant mortality, morbidity and financial losses for health systems.
There are multiple sources of contamination and other variables that can increase the risk of SSI. Some of these variables can be controlled, and some of these variables are outside the control of the health care team.
Surgical pathway is part of patient safety .It includes guidelines, protocols, Bundle of care and clinical Evidence that can help to reduce risk of SSI. There is no doubt, that by standardizing the process of care we enhance patient safety and outcomes and team work
Biography: Caroline Bilen holds BS in nursing since 1988, certified in infection control (NYIC) as well as in educator for NYIC. She is JCI Certified Educator for JCI Education Program “Safety In Surgical Services”. She has more than 28 years of experience in nursing management, infection control, health care quality, accreditation management and elderly care. She held the position of director of nursing services at Home Care Lebanon, where she was leading the health care team and responsible for patient safety. She is a public speaker at international and national congresses for patient safety, hand hygiene campaigns and infection preventions events. Her contribution in creating awareness of the best practices and drive patient surgical pathway, clinical evidences and standards of care to prevent hospital acquired infection as well as educating health care staff in CEEMEA region is broadly recognized and appreciated.