Ann Folin, RN, CNOR,MSN, Clinical Nurse Advisor
She received her nursing diploma in 1977 and the OR specialization diploma in 1986. She was awarded her Master of Medical Science with a major in Nursing January 2001 from the Karolinska Institute of Nursing Solna in Sweden. In year 1989 Ann together with two other persons started the Swedish OR nurses membership magazine “Uppdukat” on request from SEORNA (The Swedish Association of Operating Room Nurses). Between 1989-1996 she was a member of the editorial board of Uppdukat. She served as an elected member of the Board of directors for SEORNA between 1994 – 1998 and as one out of two elected delegates from Sweden in the EORNA (the European Operating Room Nurses Association) board of directors between 1995-1998.
During her career as an Operating Room Nurse, she has been working primarily in ophthalmic surgery, ENT and orthopedics. Ann initiated and was the leader for many different projects.
She has spoken at numerous occasions and at different Congresses for Associations for Operating Room Nurses and other specialty nursing organizations, and has been published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the AORN Journals and other professional periodicals.
Ann has worked in the current position for the Nordic Markets the last 20 years. Some of the responsibilities include education, education program development, research facilitation regarding infection preventions, hand hygiene, allergies to different material used for prevention of infections and cross-contaminations, and other barrier protection issues. This includes planning, producing and implementing clinical education for nurses, physicians and other health care professionals. She also functions as a clinical resource for customers and hospital administrative professionals.
RN, CNOR, MSN, Clinical Nurse Advisor,
Mölnlycke Health Care Region North
In the past, when medical hygiene was unknown, wound infections were a common and greatly feared complication of surgery. Since the concept of sepsis became understood health care workers recognized the importance of barrier protection to minimize the risk of spreading infection. But it was not until 1970 that the concept ”Infection control” was established by the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention and refers to policies and procedures used to minimise the risk of spreading infections.
A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. For the surgical patient this can be a potentially life-threatening condition related to lack of different treatment possibilities some of them related to the increasing antibiotic resistance that we have today.
The SSI risk depends not only on the type and amount of microbes that reach the wound but also on different other factors such as the:
- patient condition
- care environment
- type of surgical procedure
- length of the surgical procedure
- surgical technique
- aseptic techniques
- antibiotic prophylaxis
Many studies shows that implementing a range of preventive measures significantly reduces the harm from SSIs and this presentation will focus on some of these measures because wound infections are again a greatly feared complication of surgery.