How Penn Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center prevent SSIs after vascular procedures

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Ben Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This saying still holds true today, particularly for surgery patients at high-risk of infections.

Surgical site infections of groin wounds after vascular procedures are a common and often preventable cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in patients with obesity. A study published in Annals of Vascular Surgery found 31 percent of patients who underwent a lower extremity revascularization procedure with a groin incision developed a surgical site complication. These complications doubled length of stay and led to a 50 percent reoperation rate.

During this webinar, vascular surgeons from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston will share how they're working to reduce wound complications to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Key learnings:
  • The risk factors for SSIs after vascular procedures
  • How to prevent wound breakdown in high-risk patients
  • The benefits of various wound closure options


Mark Conrad MD-354x531 - Jason Grady

Mark Conrad, MD

Chief of vascular and endovascular surgery – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA

Shang Loh MD - Jason Grady

Shang Loh, MD

Chief of vascular surgery and endovascular surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA