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Degree Type

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Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Mary DeLetter, PhD, RN

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Catherine L. Velotta

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Third Advisor

Gina Purdue

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


Although a surgical site infection (SSI) is a risk of an operative procedure, most are preventable (Health Protection Agency, 2009). The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal 7 stipulates the implementation of evidence-based practice for SSI prevention in acute care facilities. The purpose of this pilot project was to implement a bordered silver foam dressing protocol for post-operative colorectal surgical patients. Using a pre- and post-comparison design, the new dressing protocol was implemented for a two-month pilot for colorectal surgical patients meeting the specified criteria at Cabell Huntington Hospital. SSI rate following the protocol was compared to the SSI rate for a similar pre-intervention period did not reflect success in the protocol. Anecdotal data to evaluate the process were useful in identifying some areas for improvement.