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Topic Suggestion Description

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Date submitted: October 31, 2013

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
What interventions are successful in preventing postop infections in vitrectomies on patients with multiple comorbidities. How many and what comorbidities put patients at a higher risk for infection.


Describe why this topic is important.
Patients with multiple comorbidities are a higher risk for infection. In ambulatory surgery centers we don't know until they arrive that they have multiple comorbidities. That eliminates our option to decrease bacterial/fungal normal flora load prior to surgery with antiseptic showers.

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
We need a preop solution after arrival to the surgery center for our patients who are a higher risk for infection to decrease our infection risk for that class of patients. Or we need a post op solution.

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Infection Control Coordinator, RN BSN CLNC
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DuPage Eye Surgery Center
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