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  • How clean is clean? The challenges of disinfecting porous and nonporous surfaces in healthcare environments

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Despite extensive education and controls in hand hygiene, patient isolation, and surface disinfection, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) HAIs are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Learn about potentially overlooked niche environments for pathogen survival and transmission and the challenges associated with cleaning a wide range of surfaces in the healthcare environment in this presentation. New information will be shared that evaluates disinfectant efficacy and compatibility with various surfaces to help you develop an evidence-based Approach for more effective cleaning protocols. An estimated 20% to 40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross-contamination via the hands of healthcare personnel who have become contaminated either from direct contact with patients or indirectly by touching contaminated environmental surfaces. Numerous studies have shown that both soft and hard surfaces contribute to the harboring and transmission of pathogens throughout healthcare environments. Recently, studies have shown that pathogens readily travel from a single contaminated site to multiple surfaces throughout a facility in a cycle of continuous contamination and recontamination. In one study, microbial tracers traveled from a contaminated nurse's station to 64% (25/39) of surfaces throughout the facility within four hours. Surfaces in the healthcare environment are constructed of mixed (porous and nonporous) textiles, requiring different infection control practices. Changes in surface integrity, caused by typical cleaning and disinfection practices, along with normal use, can create unseen niches for microbes to persist and be protected from contact with cleaning and disinfecting agents. Awareness of the complexity of surfaces in healthcare settings is increasing, and infection preventionists looking for best practices and guidance for reducing healthcare-associated infections and improving patient outcomes will benefit from this webinar.

    Meet the Speaker:

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    Linda Lybert
    Healthcare Surfaces Expert
    Healthcare Surface Consulting


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    

    Despite extensive education and controls in hand hygiene, patient isolation, and surface disinfection, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) HAIs are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Learn about potentially overlooked niche environments for pathogen survival and transmission and the challenges associated with cleaning a wide range of surfaces in the healthcare environment in this presentation. New information will be shared that evaluates disinfectant efficacy and compatibility with various surfaces to help you develop an evidence-based Approach for more effective cleaning protocols.

    An estimated 20% to 40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross-contamination via the hands of healthcare personnel who have become contaminated either from direct contact with patients or indirectly by touching contaminated environmental surfaces. Numerous studies have shown that both soft and hard surfaces contribute to the harboring and transmission of pathogens throughout healthcare environments. Recently, studies have shown that pathogens readily travel from a single contaminated site to multiple surfaces throughout a facility in a cycle of continuous contamination and recontamination.

    In one study, microbial tracers traveled from a contaminated nurse's station to 64% (25/39) of surfaces throughout the facility within four hours. Surfaces in the healthcare environment are constructed of mixed (porous and nonporous) textiles, requiring different infection control practices. Changes in surface integrity, caused by typical cleaning and disinfection practices, along with normal use, can create unseen niches for microbes to persist and be protected from contact with cleaning and disinfecting agents. Awareness of the complexity of surfaces in healthcare settings is increasing, and infection preventionists looking for best practices and guidance for reducing healthcare-associated infections and improving patient outcomes will benefit from this webinar.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand pathogen movement and persistence in healthcare environments 
    • Develop improved cleaning protocols for mixed textile environments 
    • Identify surfaces of increased concern for pathogen survival and transmission 

    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

     

  • Data and Infection Preventionists: Lessons Learned from the EPI Analytics Learning Lab

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    As we learned this summer through the EPI Analytics Virtual Learning Lab, data collection, interpretation and application are just some of the key responsibilities for an infection preventionist. However, understanding where to begin is easier said than done. In a follow-up to the six-week course, our clinical advisors will review its key takeaways, discuss the ongoing need for data-related education, and the common struggles infection preventionists face with data analytics.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FHSEA
    Director of Epidemiology, Lenox Hill Hospital,
    New York City, NY
     
    Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC
    Infection Prevention Manager for UR Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY
     
    Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC
    Clinical Program Manager - Infection Prevention, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions


    IP Competency: Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    
    As we learned this summer through the EPI Analytics Virtual Learning Lab, data collection, interpretation and application are just some of the key responsibilities for an infection preventionist. However, understanding where to begin is easier said than done. In a follow-up to the six-week course, our clinical advisors will review its key takeaways, discuss the ongoing need for data-related education, and the common struggles infection preventionists face with data analytics.

    This webinar is supported by Medtronic, a long-term APIC Strategic Partner and sponsor of the EPI Analytics Learning Lab.

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    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

  • Closing Plenary: Storytelling as Best Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. As we learn more about how our brains work, we're also discovering that stories are intrinsic to decision-making and shape our view of the world. In his keynote address, "Storytelling as Best Practice," Andy Goodman will explain why story telling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess,and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Andy Goodman
    Director
    The Goodman Center

     

    IP Competency: Proficient and Expert 

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    
    Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. As we learn more about how our brains work, we're also discovering that stories are intrinsic to decision-making and shape our view of the world. In his keynote address, "Storytelling as Best Practice," Andy Goodman will explain why story telling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess,and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

    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

  • Opening Plenary: Preparing Globally, Acting Locally: Applying Infection Prevention Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This session will examine Ebola preparedness from several different perspectives with a focus on the ways in which Ebola can help convince healthcare leaders,policy makers, and the public of the value of infection prevention preparedness. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the lessons that can be learned from Ebola preparation and what they can teach us about other more day-to-day issues such as HAI reduction, antibiotic resistance, and what's needed to strengthen infection prevention preparedness overall.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Michael Bell, MD, 
    Deputy Director
    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     
    Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, 
    Director
    Infection Prevention and Control
    Patient Care Services
    Unified Clinical Organization
    Trinity Health
     
    Philip W. Smith, MD, 
    Medical Director
    Nebraska Biocontainment Unit
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
     
    Seema Yasmin, MD, 
    Staff writer
    The Dallas Morning News
    Professor of Public Health
    University of Texas at Dallas
     
    Moderator: 
    Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP, 
    Associate Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University 
    School of Nursing 
    2015 President of APIC

    IP Competency: Proficient and Expert 

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    
    This session will examine Ebola preparedness from several different perspectives with a focus on the ways in which Ebola can help convince healthcare leaders,policy makers, and the public of the value of infection prevention preparedness. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the lessons that can be learned from Ebola preparation and what they can teach us about other more day-to-day issues such as HAI reduction, antibiotic resistance, and what's needed to strengthen infection prevention preparedness overall.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand what can be learned from a gold-standard facility and how critical learnings can be applied to other healthcare facilities.
    • Learn how upfront investment will reduce the likelihood of the U.S. having to deal with another threat like Ebola.
    • Discuss how Ebola preparations are helping to identify gaps in day-to-day infection prevention practice and understand what is needed to address them.
    • Describe importance of system-level preparedness.

    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

  • Hand Hygiene in a behavioral health setting - Can it be accomplished?

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Review of infection prevention challenges facing staff who care for behavioral health patients in any setting. This review will include population risks for multi-drug resistant organisms, tuberculosis, chemical dependency, homeless, group homes, and frequent acute care readmissions. There will be a review of a PI Project that was initiated after joining the Joint Commission Transformation Center and Essential Hospitals Institute collaborative using the Targeted Solutions Tool and WHO guidelines. Included will be a quick review of the literature, identification of baseline data, and identification of staff reasons for lack of compliance with infection prevention practices. A review of common safety concerns with the Behavioral health patients including: differences in isolation practice in the behavioral health setting vs. acute care, differences in hand hygiene product availability and the perception of the staff that this setting is different and doesn't require the same diligence in infection prevention. The presentation will show how to use the risk assessment to evaluate actions and products to assure continued safety for the patient and staff. Description of Just-In-Time training to include documentation to identify actions taken for later follow up if indicated.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Thomas C. Button, RN, NE-BC, CIC
    Corporate Director Infection Prevention & Control
    Truman Medical Centers


    IP Competency: Novice

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

     

    Description:    

    Review of infection prevention challenges facing staff who care for behavioral health patients in any setting.  This review will include population risks for multi-drug resistant organisms, tuberculosis, chemical dependency, homeless, group homes, and frequent acute care readmissions.  There will be a review of a PI Project that was initiated after joining the Joint Commission Transformation Center and Essential Hospitals Institute collaborative using the Targeted Solutions Tool and WHO guidelines.  Included will be a quick review of the literature, identification of baseline data, and identification of staff reasons for lack of compliance with infection prevention practices.  A review of common safety concerns with the Behavioral health patients including: differences in isolation practice in the behavioral health setting vs. acute care, differences in hand hygiene product availability and the perception of the staff that this setting is different and doesn't require the same diligence in infection prevention.  The presentation will show how to use the risk assessment to evaluate actions and products to assure continued safety for the patient and staff.  Description of Just-In-Time training to include documentation to identify actions taken for later follow up if indicated.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe at least 3 steps that can be taken to increase staff hand hygiene compliance in the behavioral health setting.
    • Identify two risk factors in the behavioral health population resulting in increased risk of transmission of significant organisms. 
    • Verbalize required elements in effective Just-In-Time training.
    • List 3 differences in the safety needs of the behavioral health patient.
    • Describe the use of Infection Prevention Risk Assessment in mitigation of potential risk.

    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.

  • Study of UV Light in a Long-Term Care Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Long-term care facilities house vulnerable populations; thus, effective disinfection practices are of utmost importance. An emerging technology in the disinfection space is ultra-violet room treatment systems. Published literature has mostly focused on UV-C light's efficacy in the lab setting and in the acute care setting. Dr. Gerba has done extensive research in the long-term care setting to understand whether UV-C light is an effective tool for pathogen reduction and how UV-C technology should be used in long-term care. This webinar will help you understand the appropriate use of UV-C light for room treatment through a careful study of data.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Dr.Charles Gerba 

    IP Competency:   Novice

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Long-term care facilities house vulnerable populations; thus, effective disinfection practices are of utmost importance. An emerging technology in the disinfection space is ultra-violet room treatment systems. Published literature has mostly focused on UV-C light's efficacy in the lab setting and in the acute care setting. Dr. Gerba has done extensive research in the long-term care setting to understand whether UV-C light is an effective tool for pathogen reduction and how UV-C technology should be used in long-term care. This webinar will help you understand the appropriate use of UV-C light for room treatment through a careful study of data.  

    This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare. Clorox Healthcare is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with Clorox on this educational opportunity. 

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    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


  • Sterile vs. Non-sterile: Dispelling myths about skin antiseptic sterility

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Provide the history of contaminated skin antiseptics that lead to patient infection. Provide background on the FDA investigation and their industry-wide request regarding skin preparation solution sterility and single-use packaging. Update the infection prevention community on industry's response to the request. Educate clinicians on the on the facts of skin antiseptics and how they impact best practices.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Allan Morrison Jr., MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

    IP Competency:   Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Learning Objectives:

     

    • Provide the history of contaminated skin antiseptics that lead to patient infection.

    • Provide background on the FDA investigation and their industry-wide request regarding skin preparation solution sterility and single-use packaging.

    • Update the infection prevention community on industry's  response to the request.

    • Educate clinicians on the on the facts of skin antiseptics and how they impact best practices.   

    This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from CareFusion. CareFusion is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with CareFusion on this educational opportunity. 

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    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

  • Respiratory Viruses in Healthcare: Nothing to Sneeze At

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This presentation will provide the audience with background information on the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of respiratory viruses (RV) in adults and children. The significance of transmission within hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient environments will be reviewed along with the impact that RV have in vulnerable patient populations. Prevention strategies will be dissected to reveal the challenges and benefits of RV prevention in healthcare. Possible solutions for creating a culture of RV prevention awareness among healthcare staff and patients will be outlined for the audience. This presentation is designed for infection preventionists; nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; staff in long-term care, ambulatory care, and public health; infectious disease specialists.

    Meet the Speakers:

    Sara Podczervinski, RN, MPH, CIC
    Epidemiologist
    Program Manager Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)
    Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology
    Division of Disease Control & Health Statistics
    Washington State Department of Health

    IP Competency:  Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes     

     

    This presentation will provide the audience with background information on the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of respiratory viruses (RV) in adults and children.  The significance of transmission within hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient environments will be reviewed along with the impact that RV have in vulnerable patient populations.  Prevention strategies will be dissected to reveal the challenges and benefits of RV prevention in healthcare.  Possible solutions for creating a culture of RV prevention awareness among healthcare staff and patients will be outlined for the audience.  This presentation is designed for infection preventionists; nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; staff in long-term care, ambulatory care, and public health; infectious disease specialists.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Develop an awareness of the seasonal trends of several respiratory viruses

    • Describe the significance of a robust staff sick policy in RV prevention

    • List two prevention strategies that are critical to fostering a culture of RV prevention in a healthcare setting

    • Describe the difference in RV prevention strategies in an inpatient versus outpatient environment.

    BD is pleased to support the 2014-2015 APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Program and the outstanding and essential work of the Heroes honorees in the field of infection prevention.

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    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.

  • Legislative Representatives Training and Regulatory Update

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar, designed for both new and veteran Chapter Legislative Representatives (CLRs), will provide an update on APIC legislative and regulatory activities, and training on how to utilize APIC public policy resources.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Lisa Tomlinson
    Vice President, Government Affairs and Practice Guidance, APIC

    Nancy Hailpern
    Director, Regulatory Affairs, APIC

    Laura Evans
    Legislative Affairs Representative, APIC


    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient and Expert 

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    
    This webinar, designed for both new and veteran Chapter Legislative Representatives (CLRs), will provide an update on APIC legislative and regulatory activities, and training on how to utilize APIC public policy resources.

    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.

  • Worth 1000 Words: Data Visualization and Infection Prevention

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Statistical graphics can help identify problems, assess contributing factors, educate others about these issues, and track outcomes. The presenter will discuss construction of effective statistical graphics and graphical data analysis. A case study will be presented showcasing use of these principles for infection prevention purposes. This presentation is intended for anyone interested in making their graphs more effective by taking advantage of the way our brains process visual data.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Daniel Bronson-Lowe, PhD, CIC
    Carle Hospital and Physician Group 


    IP Competency: Proficient and Expert 

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    
    Statistical graphics can help identify problems, assess contributing factors, educate others about these issues, and track outcomes. The presenter will discuss construction of effective statistical graphics and graphical data analysis. A case study will be presented showcasing use of these principles for infection prevention purposes. This presentation is intended for anyone interested in making their graphs more effective by taking advantage of the way our brains process visual data.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Design statistical graphics appropriate to infection prevention.
    • Identify and investigate patterns using statistical graphics.
    • Describe use of statistical graphics to support interventions and reports. 

    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.

     

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