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  • Heroes - Winter 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Teamwork in Healthcare And HOW to Make Changes & Improving Infection Prevention Through a Collaborative Approach

    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Meet the Speakers:    

    Teamwork in Healthcare And HOW to Make Changes

    Sarah Lopez, RN, BSN

    Infection Control Nurse, HealthSouth Desert Canyon 

    Healthcare takes a village and improving and making changes also requires trust, thought and dedication. These concepts are what continues to fuel Sarah in trying to improve in both life and career. In this presentation, learn how to re-think, change and improve what isn't working as a group, value co-workers and work to make changes after research, staff input and movement as a team.

    Improving Infection Prevention Through a Collaborative Approach

    Shannon Davila MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ

    Director, New Jersey Hospital Association Institute for Quality and Patient Safety 

    During the webinar, Shannon will share her experience as an Infection Preventionist (IP) and how she transitioned into her primary role from an IP in a small community hospital to a clinical quality improvement manager in a state hospital association, working to support over 70 different hospitals throughout the state. Shannon will highlight how in this role, she works closely with many different organizations to ensure that the principles of infection prevention are addressed through education, advocacy, and patient safety activities and efforts. To implement infection prevention collaboration at state level, there are many different strategies to use to engage stakeholders. These stakeholders include hospital leadership, front line clinicians, IPs, quality improvement professionals and patients and their families. Using the APIC IP competency model as a framework, she will discuss how an IP can adapt the core competencies and skills to develop strategies to engage those individuals and organizations in infection prevention work and implement evidence-based best practices on a large scale.  Finally, she will share some possible solutions to challenges that can arise when implementing large scale infection prevention collaboratives including partnering across the continuum of care, using data to drive action, sharing innovative ideas, and telling the stories of those that are effected by our efforts.

    BD is pleased to support the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Program and the outstanding and essential work of the Heroes honorees in the field of infection prevention. 

     

     

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Please note CE is not available for this program.

     

  • Outbreaks on Behavioral Health Units

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Patients with mental health issues may be at increased potential for infection and communicable diseases due to impaired judgment, poor medication compliance, substance abuse, homelessness, lack of personal hygiene, and poor nutrition. Those with severe illness may require acute care hospitalization for intensive treatment and stability. This poses a risk of transmission, and the potential for an outbreak, impacting both other patients and health care personnel on the behavioral health unit. Acute care recommendations to curtail an outbreak with traditional interventions such as increased hand hygiene, isolation precautions, and vaccination may be challenging on a milieu, where the patients have complex psychosocial needs and altered sensoriums. This can result with the patient declining healthy, therapeutic infection prevention activities, thus intensifying pathogen transmission. Outbreaks can arise and may not be recognized, resulting with additional cross-infection. Additionally, there may be limited diagnostic and treatment capabilities in some facilities. This presentation will discuss and explore outbreaks in behavioral health settings. The infection pathogenesis, transmission, management, sequela, and preventive strategies will be highlighted. Lessons learned and proactive strategies focusing on evidenced-based interventions to prevent future occurrences will be reviewed. The participant will obtain additional knowledge with bolstering their infection prevention program on their behavioral health units.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Steven J. Schweon RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, HEM, FSHEA


    IP Competency: Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    

    Patients with mental health issues may be at increased potential for infection and communicable diseases due to impaired judgment, poor medication compliance, substance abuse, homelessness, lack of personal hygiene, and poor nutrition. Those with severe illness may require acute care hospitalization for intensive treatment and stability.  This poses a risk of transmission, and the potential for an outbreak, impacting both other patients and health care personnel on the behavioral health unit. Acute care recommendations to curtail an outbreak with traditional interventions such as increased hand hygiene, isolation precautions, and vaccination may be challenging on a milieu, where the patients have complex psychosocial needs and altered sensoriums. This can result with the patient declining healthy, therapeutic infection prevention activities, thus intensifying pathogen transmission.  Outbreaks can arise and may not be recognized, resulting with additional cross-infection. Additionally, there may be limited diagnostic and treatment capabilities in some facilities.   This presentation will discuss and explore outbreaks in behavioral health settings. The infection pathogenesis, transmission, management, sequela, and preventive strategies will be highlighted. Lessons learned and proactive strategies focusing on evidenced-based interventions to prevent future occurrences will be reviewed. The participant will obtain additional knowledge with bolstering their infection prevention program on their behavioral health units.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify one reason why an outbreak may go undetected in a behavioral health setting 
    • State two evidenced based best practices to prevent outbreaks. 
    • Describe one intervention to halt an outbreak.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

     

  • Addressing Exogenous Factors in Preventing Surgical Site Infections Part II

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI). Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

     

    Meet the Speakers:

    Wava Truscott, PhD, MBA
    President, Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    

    Back by popular demand! This webinar is a continuation of our September 21 webinar.

    "Tell me something new! Where are pathogen hangouts that have managed to stay relatively hidden? We take every precaution; yet some just seem to get infected. We're still below national average."

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI).  Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

    Because the patient's ability to fight infection can be drastically reduced during the immediate perioperative period, it is extremely important to understand and prevent inadvertent nosocomial immune interference as well. Addressing contamination without supporting the surgical site immune competence is like heating the house during a blizzard while leaving the front door open!

     Although attendees will know many points covered in this course, the intent is to provide many "ah ha!" moments, shedding light on additional ways to prevent SSIs and associated post-surgical complications. Case studies, outbreak investigations, studies, and new CDC information will be utilized to support evidence-based recommendations for both acute and ambulatory surgery centers.

    The challenge: To the infected patient, "we are still below the national SSI average", is not OK.

    Learning Objectives:

    • List pathogen hideouts that can provide surgical site infections.
    • Identify preventative measures for reducing these potential sources of infection.
    • Describe several perioperative practices that reduce the patient's ability to fight infection.  

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this topic, graphic images will be used in the presentation. 

     

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    APIC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider  Number CEP7146.

    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

     

  • NHSN Update Fall 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2016 will be provided.

     

    Meet the Speaker:

    NHSN Subject Matter Experts


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2016 will be provided.

    We want to hear from you! Do you have questions for our NHSN subject matter experts? Send them to nhsn@cdc.org.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

     

  • Addressing Exogenous Factors in Preventing Surgical Site Infections Part I

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI). Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

     

    Meet the Speakers:

    Wava Truscott, PhD, MBA
    President, Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    

    "Tell me something new! Where are pathogen hangouts that have managed to stay relatively hidden? We take every precaution; yet some just seem to get infected. We're still below national average."

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI).  Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

    Because the patient's ability to fight infection can be drastically reduced during the immediate perioperative period, it is extremely important to understand and prevent inadvertent nosocomial immune interference as well. Addressing contamination without supporting the surgical site immune competence is like heating the house during a blizzard while leaving the front door open!

     Although attendees will know many points covered in this course, the intent is to provide many "ah ha!" moments, shedding light on additional ways to prevent SSIs and associated post-surgical complications. Case studies, outbreak investigations, studies, and new CDC information will be utilized to support evidence-based recommendations for both acute and ambulatory surgery centers.

    The challenge: To the infected patient, "we are still below the national SSI average", is not OK.

    Learning Objectives:

    • List pathogen hideouts that can provide surgical site infections.
    • Identify preventative measures for reducing these potential sources of infection.
    • Describe several perioperative practices that reduce the patient's ability to fight infection.  

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this topic, graphic images will be used in the presentation. 

     

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

     

  • APIC Professional and Practice Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Professional and Practice Standards for Infection Preventionist (IP) were last published in 2008. Though this publication provided a strong foundation and framework for the profession on which to practice and define the professional scope; since that time, the profession has evolved tremendously and now includes functions that are expansive, novel and challenging to today's IP. The updated standards take into account the varying role of the IP across all competency domains:infection prevention and control, technical, leadership and program management,and performance improvement and implementation science; and career states:novice (early), proficient (middle), expert (advanced). They are intended to assist the IP in identifying areas for professional growth and provide performance criteria when used in conjunction with APICs Competency Model. This session is intended to facilitate the dissemination of the updated professional and practice standards to a wide audience of IPs, by providing tangible examples of how to best utilize them.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Tania N. Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC,, FAPIC
    Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Westchester Medical Center

    Corrianne Billings, BS, BSN, RN, CIC
    Infection Prevention Specialist, Mission Health System

    Lisa Caffery, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
    Infection Prevention Coordinator, Genesis Health System

    Maureen Titus-Hinson, MHA, RN, CIC
    Assistant Vice President, Quality Division, Infection Prevention, Carolinas HealthCare System


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes     
    Available through:
    12/31/2018

     

    Description:   

    Professional and Practice Standards for Infection Preventionist (IP) were last published in 2008. Though this publication provided a strong foundation and framework for the profession on which to practice and define the professional scope; since that time, the profession has evolved tremendously and now includes functions that are expansive, novel and challenging to today's IP.  The updated standards take into account the varying role of the IP across all competency domains:infection prevention and control, technical, leadership and program management,and performance improvement and implementation science; and career states:novice (early), proficient (middle), expert (advanced). They are intended to assist the IP in identifying areas for professional growth and provide performance criteria when used in conjunction with APICs Competency Model.  This session is intended to facilitate the dissemination of the updated professional and practice standards to a wide audience of IPs, by providing tangible examples of how to best utilize them.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the current scope practice of the infection prevention and control profession and how the APIC Professional and Practice Standards address each scope.
    • Utilize APIC Professional and Practice Standards to develop evaluation criteria.
    • Utilize APIC Professional and Practice Standards to assist in developing comprehensive infection prevention and control programs.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary I

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us where it all began this year! The opening plenary is where we really kick things off and set the tone for a great conference. Welcomed to Charlotte by the Host Chapter Liaison Kathy Cochran and Annual Conference Committee Chair Deb Johnson, we heard from APIC President Susan Dolan, and honored a number of award winners, including those designated as the first APIC Fellows!

    Meet the Speakers:

    Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC
    2016 APIC President
    Hospital Epidemiologist, Children's Hospital Colorado

     

    Kathy Cochran, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, FAPIC
    Manager, Infection Control
    Vidant Medical Center

     

    Debra Johnson, RN, BSN, CIC
    ICN, Stanford Healthcare

     


    IP Competency: Novice,Proficient, and Expert 

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:

    Join us where it all began this year!

    The opening plenary is where we really kick things off and set the tone for a great conference. 

    Welcomed to Charlotte by the Host Chapter Liaison Kathy Cochran and Annual Conference Committee Chair Deb Johnson, we heard from APIC President Susan Dolan, and honored a number of award winners, including those designated as the first APIC Fellows!

    Film Fest Winner
    "Stop the Spread of Infection: It's In Our Hands" from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    APIC Fellows Recognition: 165 APIC Members
    Fellow of APIC status is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field. This designation validates an infection preventionist's advanced competencies and distinguishes them as an expert leader.

    Healthcare Administrator Award
    Beth Duffy, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, Pennsylvania

    This award recognizes the pivotal role that healthcare administrators play in establishing an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention efforts.

    Carol DeMille Achievement Award
    Georgia Dash, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Cape Cod Healthcare in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

    APIC's lifetime achievement award honors infection preventionists whose contributions have improved the practice of infection prevention through research, performance improvement, visionary leadership, and community service.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Please note CE is not available for this program.
  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary II

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    To kick off Plenary II, Deverick Anderson, winner of the APIC Distinguished Scientist Award, will present on the future opportunities for Infection Preventionist, emphasizing the importance of research and stewardship. The APIC Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control. This award recognizes a serious and ongoing commitment on the part of the recipient to advancing implementation science. Following Dr. Anderson will be an entertaining and informative session by renowned expert William Rutala. Get a fresh take on all things disinfection and sterilization, including the "good" classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the "bad" non-compliance with guidelines for reprocessing medical/surgical devices; and the "ugly" endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Deverick Anderson, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Duke University Medical Center

     

    William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD, CIC
    Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine
    Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology
     

    IP Competency: NoviceProficient, and Expert 

    Duration: 75 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    
    To kick off Plenary II, Deverick Anderson, winner of the APIC Distinguished Scientist Award, will present on the future opportunities for Infection Preventionist, emphasizing the importance of research and stewardship. The APIC Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control. This award recognizes a serious and ongoing commitment on the part of the recipient to advancing implementation science.  

    Following Dr. Anderson will be an entertaining and informative session by renowned expert William Rutala. Get a fresh take on all things disinfection and sterilization, including the "good" classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the "bad" non-compliance with guidelines for reprocessing medical/surgical devices; and the "ugly" endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Please note CE is not available for this program.
  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary III - Executing Imagination: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    With a career spent harnessing the spirit of creative disruption, renowned tech entrepreneur and bestselling author, Josh Linkner is an authority on fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Linkner started his career as a jazz guitarist, prior to founding and serving as CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Now an avid venture capitalist and mentor, he has invested in more than 100 startups, as a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners. He is a two-time recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has also been honored with the President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award. Linkner offers fascinating insight on the risks that companies face when they rely on the past to determine the future, as well as valuable tools and techniques for fostering innovation, creativity and disruption within one's organization.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Josh Linkner 
    New York Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Innovation & Creativity Expert
     

    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, and Expert 

    Duration: 120 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2016

     

    Description:    
    With a career spent harnessing the spirit of creative disruption, renowned tech entrepreneur and bestselling author, Josh Linkner is an authority on fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.  Linkner started his career as a jazz guitarist, prior to founding and serving as CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Now an avid venture capitalist and mentor, he has invested in more than 100 startups, as a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.  He is a two-time recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has also been honored with the President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award.  Linkner offers fascinating insight on the risks that companies face when they rely on the past to determine the future, as well as valuable tools and techniques for fostering innovation, creativity and disruption within one's organization.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Please note CE is not available for this program.
  • The evolution of lab diagnostics for C difficile, and the role of the IP in facilitating appropriate and timely testing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The diagnostic and microbiology laboratory is an essential component of an effective infection prevention and control program. Laboratory personnel have a broad range of technologies, from traditional to cutting-edge, that they can use to support and enhance the efforts of the infection preventionist (IP). In this era of required HAI reporting via lab identification, appropriate and timely testing along with prompt notification to IP and healthcare workers is essential. IPs must collaborate with lab personnel to achieve shared goals and to communicate needs and problems. A strong relationship between IP and the laboratory is integral to ensuring healthcare quality, patient safety and cost containment.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Lynn Fine, PhD, MPH, CIC
    Infection Control Practitioner,
    University of Rochester Medical Center

    Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC
    Manager Infection Prevention,
    Highland Hospital


    IP Competency: Novice and Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018

     

    Description:    The diagnostic and microbiology laboratory is an essential component of an effective infection prevention and control program. Laboratory personnel have a broad range of technologies, from traditional to cutting-edge, that they can use to support and enhance the efforts of the infection preventionist (IP). In this era of required HAI reporting via lab identification, appropriate and timely testing along with prompt notification to IP and healthcare workers is essential. IPs must collaborate with lab personnel to achieve shared goals and to communicate needs and problems. A strong relationship between IP and the laboratory is integral to ensuring healthcare quality, patient safety and cost containment. Brief overview of IP needs:

      1. Continuing basic and advanced education on diagnostic and screening tests, especially on new and rapidly changing technology;
      2. How best to use the data generated by the lab; 
      3. How best to work with the lab on automated surveillance; understanding better the data lab is reporting; 
      4. Need for a recommended structure of communication with the lab, especially for IPs with stretched capacity and resources; 
      5. Education on ways to overcome obstacles in understanding and perception of the lab's work by creating a 2-way street of communication based on a clear understanding of both the unique and shared goals of both infection prevention and the lab.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • Compare and contrast lab Id surveillance with traditional infection surveillance
    • Review current lab testing methodologies for C difficile  testing
    • Discuss future trends in lab diagnostics for C difficile testing
    • Explain the role of the IP and the laboratory in collaborating to develop, and implement standardized C. difficile testing protocols which are shared nursing and medical staff
    • Describe ways in which IPs can provide education and feedback to nursing and medical staff to ensure timely and appropriate testing
     

    This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche, an APIC Strategic Partner.

    Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

    Nursing contact hours: 1

    What is required to get CNE?

    To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.

    How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

    You can complete the on-line evaluation from your personal computer immediately after attending the webinar by using the link provided at the conclusion of the program. Once the on-line evaluation is complete you will be eligible to obtain your CE Certificate of completion.

    Accreditation Statement: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    Disclaimer: APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.