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Decreasing Risks of Surgical Site Infections and Optimizing Surgical Outcomes


Frank A. Buttacavoli, MD
Chief, Adult Reconstruction
AAOS, Hip & Knee Evaluation Committee
Associate Professor, Clinical
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Texas Health, San Antonio


Saeed A. Chowdhry, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

H. John Cooper, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
NY Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Ellen D. Dillavou, MD
Medical Director, Vascular Surgery
WakeMed Hospital System, Raleigh, NC

John P. Fischer, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Director of Clinical Research
University of Pennsylvania

Paul J. Kim, DPM, MS
Professor, Medical Director
University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Seenu Reddy, MD
Chief. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
HCA TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Devinder Singh, MD
Chief, Professor & Program Director of Plastic Surgery
University of Miami & Jackson Health Systems Miami, FL



Provided by HMP Education, an HMP Global Company.

For questions regarding this educational activity, or to cancel your account, please call 609-371-1137 or email


This activity is designed for physician, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and podiatrists from plastic, ortho and general surgery departments.


After participating in this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Recognize the impact of surgical care complications as it relates to postoperative infections and identify patient populations at risk for surgical site compromise
  • Examine the use of closed incision negative pressure wound therapy for patients at high risk for developing surgical site infection or who are undergoing a high-risk procedure
  • Explain the process and implication of an FDA De Novo classification
  • Review cases on the use of incision management on surgical incisions
  • Employ best practice protocols in preventing surgical site infections


To be eligible for credit, participants must complete the educational activity and complete the evaluation form. Upon completing the activity, there will be instructions on how to complete the evaluation and print a certificate or other documentation of credit.

Release Date: August 24th, 2022 
Expiration Date: February 24th, 2023 
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.00 hour

There is no fee associated with this activity.


The evaluation is accessible after the activity via a PC or Mac computer with current versions of the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. A PDF reader is required for print publications. 


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13255 for 1.00 contact hour. 


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The faculty has reported the following:

Dr. Buttacavoli: Education Consultant— 3M KCI; Research Funding— 3M KCI

Dr. Chowdhry has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any ineligible company (commercial interest).

Dr. Cooper: Consultant— 3M, Zimmer Biomet, DePuy

Dr. Dillavou: Consultant— WL Gore, 3M/KCI; Advisory Board— WL Gore, BD, Boston Scientific; Section Editor—UpToDate

Dr. Fischer: Consultant— BD, 3M, WL Gore, Integra, Baxter, AbbVie; 

Dr. Kim: Consultant— 3M; 

Dr. Reddy: Consultant— 3M

Dr. Singh has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any ineligible company (commercial interest).



Daniel Federman, MD
Chief of Medicine
VA CT, 950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT

Dr. Federman has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any ineligible company (commercial interest).


Susie Seaman, NP, MSN, CWCN, CWS (nurse planner)
Wound Clinic, Family Health Centers of San Diego
San Diego, California

Ms. Seaman has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any ineligible company (commercial interest).

HMP Education planners and staff include Samantha Conforti, Randy Robbin, and Andrea Zimmerman.

No HMP Education planner or staff has disclosed a relevant financial relationship with any ineligible company (commercial interest).


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Supported by an independent educational grant from 3M Health Care, Medical Solutions Division