In this single institution trial, colorectal surgery patients were randomized to a “bundle” (warming, omission of mechanical bowel prep, oxygen, restricted IVF, and a surgical wound protector) or usual care. Patients in the bundle group were 2.5 times more likely to suffer an SSI. The exemplifies the need to rigorously study the effects of preventive bundles before implementation (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.