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OR Excellence Awards – Infection Prevention: SSI-Free for Nearly Three Years
Ascension St. Vincent Mercy Hospital’s sterling record is the result of teamwork, proactivity and an all-encompassing patient-first philosophy.
Joe Paone | Senior Editor
Borescope
EXTRA ASSURANCE Instrument tech Kaitlin Goens uses a borescope to examine channels that are otherwise difficult to visualize for residual debris and damage.   |   All photos courtesy Ascension St. Vincent Mercy Hospital

The surgical services team at Ascension St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood, Ind., is well into year three without a single surgical site infection (SSI). That impressive run has earned its staff the 2022 OR Excellence Award for Infection Prevention. Here’s a look inside some of the initiatives that have kept the facility SSI-free: 

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