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Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a significant concern due to the harmful consequences they can cause a patient after a surgical procedure. Surgical site infections rank the highest type of hospital-acquired infections causing adverse patient outcomes by increasing length of stay and increasing morbidity and mortality. Specific surgical procedures have been associated with a higher risk of infection. Orthopedic and abdominal surgeries have the highest risk of post-operative infections. Patients experiencing an SSI can undergo various complications such as additional surgeries, antibiotics, increased length of stay, and even death. There are modifiable and unmodifiable risks that can increase the chance of SSIs in combination with high-risk surgeries. Surgical attire worn by the surgical staff may contribute to the possible contamination of a surgical wound. The healthcare team provides care to all their patients during their shifts without changing attire. This quality improvement plan tested the knowledge of a group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). An educational module was presented and their understanding regarding SSIs and chlorhexidine impregnated scrubs was analyzed utilizing a pretest and posttest.