Using a change model to reduce the risk of surgical site infection.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Surgical site infections can result in harm and financial hardship for patients. In light of increased rates of surgical site infections among patients with breast cancer, this commentary describes how a project applied a classic change model to enhance existing processes to address behavioral and cultural barriers to improvement and reduced surgical site infections over the course of the initiative. Team collaboration was highlighted as a key element of the project's success.