Education, Training, and Competencies
Workshops - 2.5 hours
This session will provide education and guidance on how to conduct an SSI outbreak investigation. The actions needed to identify and control an outbreak related to SSIs are very specific. Novice IPs may struggle with some components of the investigative workflow, which could lead to misidentifying the underlying problem(s) contributing to the SSIs.
IPs will be guided through an in-depth review of the 10 key components of an investigative workflow for a cluster of SSIs. The key components are:
1) Recognize that an outbreak is occurring.
2) Write a situation, background, assessment, recommendation (SBAR) communication and collaborate with the IPC medical director.
3) Define a case and write a case definition.
4) Perform a literature review and develop a line list of potential cases.
5) Conduct environmental and OR observations.
6) Create an epidemic (epi) curve and present the data.
7) Identify potential sources of the outbreak.
8) Develop, implement, and document control measures.
9) Communicate with key stakeholders and facility leadership.
10) Close the investigation.