Decreasing surgical site infections, correct usage of the right antibiotics, a uniform approach to blood transfusions during hip and knee replacement surgeries, and a significant emphasis on patient education through the entire process all help eliminate complications in surgery and after. At Our Lady of Lourdes, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Eric Seybold explains his approach to creating a dedicated surgical team. Following all evidence-based protocols down to the last detail has led to better patient outcomes and more efficiencies at every stage of the surgical process.

Dr. Seybold is well-known for attention to detail in every aspect of the hip and knee replacement surgeries he performs for his patients at Our Lady of Lourdes.

“Surgical site infection is like electricity,” said Dr. Seybold. “You don’t know if the wire you’re touching is hot or not. You can’t see it. And sometimes the sources of infection or its causes are nebulous. So, you have to be ever-vigilant.

“The number one thing we have done in my operating room settings is reduce traffic. Some orthopedic surgeries can run several hours. So, I may be on my second or third surgery of the day, and my operating staff, especially my OR techs, stay with me until the surgery is complete, whether their shifts are over or not.” Seybold cites studies that indicate even opening a door for a team member to come in can cause dust which can settle on instruments. “For me, if I have the same team, they know how I approach cases, so there is very little variability in instrument preparation and very little learning curve. Scrubs are always tucked in, the operating room techs who both set up instruments and aid me in the surgeries are fantastic. As a result, surgeries are done more efficiently. Because we know the less time an incision is open, the less chance there is for infection.”