Loyola University, Chicago
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Temple University, Philadelphia
Dr. Erin Cavanaugh obtained her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Cavanaugh started her Global Health Fellowship in July 2017 and is currently working on a prospective cohort study collecting data about surgical practices, pre-and post-operative care and post-operative infection from time of admission through post-operative day 30. Inpatient observational data will be collected to determine whether current practices are in line with World Health Organization’s Surgical Unit Based Safety Program guidelines. Potential confounding risk factors for infection will be identified, and post-operative information will be collected through inpatient follow-up as well as telephone calls on post-operative day one and 30 to assess for signs or symptoms of surgical site infection.
The results of this study will elucidate risk factors for surgical site infection and prioritize future interventions to decrease the rate of surgical site infection at Ayder Referral Hospital in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, as well as other low and middle-income country hospitals. The data collected regarding surgical site infection rates will also prove beneficial in measuring outcomes of any interventions that are developed as a result of this study.