Improvement report from AniCura Kleintierspezialisten Ravensburg

Once a year, data on surgical site infections are collected in the QualiCura survey. As a result of the outcome, the daily practice in our clinic has changed.

The QualiQura surveys have played a big role in bringing management of body temperature and perioperative use of antibiotics to the attention of the whole team.

CHANGE OF USE OF PERIOPERATIVE ANTIBIOTICS
Today, we must report why antibiotics are desirable and why we justify the use. Previously we had to report why perioperative antibiotics were NOT used.

A SMALL CHANGE WITH A BIG IMPACT
Thereby, we have gradually omitted the peri- and postoperative antibiotics in various types of surgeries. Additionally we have adjusted the intervals of checkups of surgical sites after surgery. We have learned that in many procedures an antibiotic has no effect on the development of surgical site infection.

TO KEEP THE PATIENT WARM
We have improved managing the body temperature of our surgery patients. By discussing the survey result in the team and explaining why and how to keep a patient warm during the surgical preparation phase and during surgery, we have improved our procedures. For me, a decisive factor for continuous improvement is the annual repetition of the study. This encourages people to assess perioperative management once a year and prevents them from falling back into old behavior. It also allows us to change a small part every year for the benefit of our patients.

JUDITH WAGNER, VETERINARIAN AT ANICURA KLEINTIERSPEZIALISTEN RAVENSBURG