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Fight surgical site infections from every angle.

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Learn

Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) are often talked about in healthcare, but what are they and why is it important that clinicians do everything they can to prevent them?

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    3M Health Care Academy: Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) eLearning Module.

    This online module describes surgical site infections, their prevalence and impact on patient outcomes and operational costs.


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Lead

As a clinician you want to give the very best care to your patients, which sometimes means changing practice to adapt to new processes or technologies. However, change is not always easy and there are often obstacles that need to be overcome. This summary includes a step-by-step guide and useful tips to help you to understand, identify and overcome barriers to change in clinical practice.

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    How to change clinical practice: understand, identify and overcome barriers to change.

    • How to change clinical practice.
    • Understanding, identifying and overcoming the barriers to change.
      Even when changes need to be made in an organisation, reluctant individuals and established processes can often block the path to progress.
    • Understanding the barriers to change
      The vital, initial step is acknowledging that something needs to change in the first place. This can be made harder by healthcare professionals who may consider it compromises their own interests or conflicts with long-held beliefs.
    • Other barriers to change can be divided into two main camps: practical barriers, such as delivery difficulties or a lack of resources, and external barriers that lie beyond your control. These include an unfavourable financial climate or political environment that could make healthcare professionals resistant to adopting new ideas.
    • Identifying the barriers to change
      The vital, initial step is acknowledging that something needs to change in the first place. This can be made harder by healthcare professionals who may consider it compromises their own interests or conflicts with long-held beliefs.
    • These include talking to key individuals with the knowledge and authority to explore new ways forward. You could also conduct brainstorms or focus groups, issue questionnaires or simply observe the current clinical practice behaviours to identify areas of resistance.
    • Overcoming the barriers to change
      To successfully overcome the barriers identified, you will need, among other things, a combination of influencer support and training.
    • Opinion leaders can be very persuasive at inspiring healthcare professionals to change tack. Patients too, who may now have a good knowledge of their own medical issues gleaned from searching the internet, can influence decisions about their own care.
    • Training can take many forms including conferences, workshops, training courses and the distribution of traditional educational materials.
    • Making change a reality
      The barriers understood, identified and overcome, you are now able to make change happen and redefine best practice as part of your overall drive to improve quality.
    • For more information, click here to download our handy PDF

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Act

With a wealth of clinical evidence, guidelines and recommendations available globally, it is sometimes difficult for clinicians to identify which ones are relevant to improve their clinical practice and patient outcomes.

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    European Guideline Summary.

    Our clinical guideline summary will help you to identify the main recommendations published by experts and professional bodies in Europe to support clinicians in the prevention of surgical site infection and inadvertent perioperative hypothermia. See how your current clinical practice compares to the guidelines now!

    Please complete this form to be sent the Clinical Guidelines Summary.


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