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prevent MRSA infections. This team will work to develop a care set that will be added to the electronic medical record for all pre-op patients having surgery. A clinical pathway will be developed to ensure each patient receives the correct antibiotic. Each surgical patient will have their own patient specific drawer in the pyxis to ensure safe storage of the antibiotic and the Pharmacy Director will ensure the antibiotic is available and located within the patient-specific drawer when needed. These actions will provide better patient outcomes resulting in a reduction in readmissions, a decrease in length of stay for the patient, and an increase in patient satisfactionand reimbursements received. In efforts to be successful, training, education, and reinforcement will be implemented. Handouts will be provided explaining the new protocol. Training will be
4provided to both nurses and physicians on how to initiate the care set on the electronic medical record for all pre-op patients. Nurses and patient care technicians will be provided with simulation training on how to use the chlorhexidine cleanser. Internal emails will be sent to staff regarding administrating prophylaxis antibiotics and chlorhexidine cleanser. There will also be surgeon and physician meetings to ensure all surgical patients have an order for prophylaxis antibiotics and the antibiotics have been administered prior to surgery. The pharmacy staff will be educated and trained on making rounds on the pyxis to ensure each surgical patient has their prescribed antibiotic in the patient-specific drawer. The collaboration of the multidisciplinary teams and the use of multiple learning methodologies will have the greatest impact on education and training of the staff will prove to be most effective.