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Unresolved Issues in SSI Prevention - Practical and Effective Approaches

Session: Symposium: SSI Prevention: Unresolved and Non-Traditional Approaches—Latest Recommendations and Continued Challenges
Thursday, October 9, 2014: 3:00 PM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 103-ABC
Patchen Dellinger, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, FACS, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Dr. Dellinger graduated from Swarthmore College and from Harvard Medical School. During surgical training at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA, he completed an ID Fellowship at Tufts. He is past president of SIS, a fellow of the IDSA and of SHEA. He is an author of the IDSA “Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections,” and currently represents IDSA to SCIP. He is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He was on HICPAC from 2004-07. He represented SIS in the effort to produce a coordinated surgical antibiotic prophylaxis guideline jointly from ASHP, SIS, IDSA, and SHEA which was published in 2013. He served on the Working Group on preventing surgical site infection as part of the second Global Patient Safety Challenge "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" of WHO which resulted in the Surgical Safety Checklist. He is currently in the International Surgical Infection Study Group (ISIS)working with WHO on an SSI prevention guideline for developing countries. He has been performing general and bariatric surgery at the Univ of Washington since 1977 where he is Professor in the Division of General Surgery. He is an Associate Medical Director of the University of Washington Medical Center. He is on the management committee of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) and chaired the Surgical Checklist Initiative for Washington State sponsored by SCOAP. He has authored and/or coauthored more than 190 papers and chapters and he serves on the editorial boards of Surgical Infections and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Dr. Dellinger’s work in the area of evidence-based practice includes his time on HICPAC, his authorship of IDSA guidelines for surgical antibiotic prophylaxis and for management of soft-tissue infections, his authorship of joint guidelines for prevention of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) jointly sponsored by HICPAC, Society for Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society, and Infectious Diseases Society of America, and his authorship of the Guideline for treatment of intra-abdominal infections, a joint guideline from the Surgical Infection Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a member of the writing group for the new HICPAC guidelines for prevention of surgical site infections which is actively working on the next guideline. He is an original member of the Technical Expert Panel that advised CMS for the SCIP infection prevention guidelines and continues to work on that panel.

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