Free CE: Tiny Hearts, Big Complication: Preventing Sternal Wound Infections

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Delayed sternal closure can be part of the necessary postoperative course in complex congenital heart surgery. Unfortunately, it carries an increased risk of infection. Explore the rationale for delayed sternal closure and how one hospital implemented a protocol to decrease their rate of sternal wound infections in this population. You’ll learn about their protocol, outcomes, and how it impacted hospital cost and family satisfaction. 1.0 contact hour.

Use this module to:
  • explain the clinical rationale for delayed sternal closure following pediatric heart surgery
  • identify the major complication that can occur due to delayed sternal closure and its impact on outcomes
  • describe how one hospital successfully lowered the infection rate for children with delayed sternal closure

For RNs, NPs, or those looking for relevant, up-to-date CE learning activities.

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  • 1.0 contact hours accredited by NAPNAP which 0 contain Pharmacology (Rx) content (including 0 of psychopharmacology) (including 0 of controlled substances)
  • Free module!
  • Includes access to content in a media presentation format (un-narrated, viewable online only) and 6 post-test questions
  • Successful completion for contact hours is 70% or higher
  • Answers due 150 days from order process date. During this testing period you will have unlimited access to log in and out of the module so you may complete it in more than one sitting; only one opportunity to complete the module for scoring is provided. Each question is worth one (1) point. Upon completion, you may view your score report and feedback for each question. One (1) retest opportunity is available to those who generate an unsatisfactory score.
  • This module was developed from a recent poster presented at a national conference. While PNCB follows standard editorial procedures for content, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is the most up-to-date knowledge available. Read the full disclaimer.


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