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  • 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)

    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.

    Please note CE is no longer available for this program.

  • NHSN Update Spring 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    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 nhailpern@apic.org prior to the webinar.

    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 no longer available for this program.

     

  • What You Need to Know About the TAP Report

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    In this presentation, experts from the CDC will introduce the ability to use the NHSN analysis output options to create a report for targeting HAI prevention efforts called TAP Reports. They will describe the metrics used within the TAP Report and provide a demonstration on how to generate them.

    Meet the Speakers:

    Rashad Arcement, MSPH
    CDC Contractor (CACI) Public Health Analyst
     
    Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR
    Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    IP Competency:  Novice, Proficient, Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes     

     

    In this presentation, experts from the CDC will introduce the ability to use the NHSN analysis output options to create a report for targeting HAI prevention efforts called TAP Reports. They will describe the metrics used within the TAP Report and provide a demonstration on how to generate them.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Overview of the metrics used in the TAP Report

    • Review the steps for running Facility TAP Reports

    • Explain how to interpret the data represented in TAP Reports Demonstration: Generating TAP 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 no longer available for this program.

  • Environmental Cleaning Roles & Responsibilities

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Who is responsible for cleaning the patient care environment and the equipment contained therein for an acute care facility? This question has been asked for years. Usually, the response is "housekeeping!" Not necessarily. So we have developed a comprehensive document that provides the answers to those questions.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Marti C. Craighead, MBA, RN, CIC
    Infection Prevention Specialist, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    St. Louis, Missouri


    IP Competency: Novice

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

     

    Description:   

    Who is responsible for cleaning the patient care environment and the equipment contained therein for an acute care facility? This question has been asked for years. Usually, the response is "housekeeping!" Not necessarily. So we have developed a comprehensive document that provides the answers to those questions.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define the roles and responsibilities of environmental cleaning.
    • Describe how roles and responsibilities for cleaning the patient and work environment are assigned.
    • Create a process that will ensure consistent standards for environmental cleaning.

    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 no longer available for this program.

  • Construction and Renovation in Healthcare Facilities: Beyond the Basics

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    .Healthcare Facilities are constantly initiating construction and renovation projects in order to upgrade their infrastructure to better meet the needs of their patients, staff, and visitors. In addition to developing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), Infection Preventionists (IP) should be an integral part of these project teams for the entire project. IPs should also have the knowledge and resources to insure that projects are built with infection control considerations included. The presentation will cover issues associated with construction and renovation in healthcare facilities. It will increase IP awareness of the complexities associated with these issues as well as possible resolutions. Topics to be included in the presentation include: IP's involvement and their role in all phases of construction and renovation projects and coordination with other departments. A review of appropriate FGI Guidelines and the documentation required will also be discussed. In addition, materials, finishes, and design features in construction projects will be reviewed. Areas in which knowledge deficits are common, including building systems, and interpretation of architectural drawings will also be covered.

     

    Meet the Speaker:

    Richard Vogel, MS, CIC
    Infection Control Specialist, New York Presbyterian


    IP Competency: Proficient and Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes

     

    Description:    


    Healthcare Facilities are constantly initiating construction and renovation projects in order to upgrade their infrastructure to better meet the needs of their patients, staff, and visitors. In addition to developing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), Infection Preventionists (IP) should be an integral part of these project teams for the entire project. IPs should also have the knowledge and resources to insure that projects are built with infection control considerations included.  The presentation will cover issues associated with construction and renovation in healthcare facilities. It will increase IP awareness of the complexities associated with these issues as well as possible resolutions. Topics to be included in the presentation include: IP's involvement and their role in all phases of construction and renovation projects and coordination with other departments. A review of appropriate FGI Guidelines and the documentation required will also be discussed. In addition, materials, finishes, and design features in construction projects will be reviewed. Areas in which knowledge deficits are common, including building systems, and interpretation of architectural drawings will also be covered.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the importance of infection prevention and control involvement in all phases of construction projects and strategies for inclusion into project planning meetings.
    • Become familiar with materials, finishes and equipment that may be incorporated in construction projects.   Raise an awareness of areas associated with construction and renovation in which infection prevention and control knowledge deficits often exist.
    • Understand regulatory requirements associated with construction as they relate to infection prevention and control.

    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

  • APIC Heroes - Winter 2015

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    "Plastic" Rounds: A Nurse-Centric Approach to Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) & Antimicrobial Stewardship: Defining the Role of the Infection Preventionist Inter-Professional Collaboration

    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2017

     

    Meet the Speakers:    

    Carol Vance, RN, BSN, CIC
    Infection Prevention Manager, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    "Plastic" Rounds: A Nurse-Centric Approach to Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

    Plastic Rounds is an innovative, nurse-led program that was created to help reduce infections associated with central lines and urinary catheters.  Starting with nurses, the program provided education about proper use of central lines and urinary catheters, promoted critical thinking about the necessity of devices for each patient, and encouraged discussion with physicians when necessity was questioned. One key aspect to the program's success was the use of a Nursing best practice to achieve an Infection Prevention best practice. The program utilized a multi-disciplinary team representing infection prevention, nursing, educators, physicians, lean performance, database analysis, and the Quality Nurse Council , with executive sponsorship.

    Dana Stephens, MT, BS, CIC
    Director of Infection Prevention and Control, KentuckyOne Health
    and
    Russ Judd, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, KentuckyOne Health

    Antimicrobial Stewardship: Defining the Role of the Infection Preventionist Inter-Professional Collaboration

    In response to increasing rates of multidrug resistant organism (MDRO) infections at St. Joseph, Stephens worked with the ASP, Department of Infection Control, and Environmental Services (EVS) to develop institutional guidelines targeted at reducing carbapenem resistance and preventing environmental cross-contamination. This initiative included a three-tiered Patient Care Cleaning (PCC) program for all patient-care areas: direct, monthly observation of cleaning procedures; fluorescent markers applied to high-touch patient surface areas prior to terminal cleaning; and finally, patient-care service and equipment monitoring with ATP Bioluminescence. Monitoring was followed by education to all front-line EVS providers and management team members.  In the four years following PCC implementation, the total number of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections at St. Joseph Hospital decreased from 274 to 176 and the carbapenem susceptibility rate among patients with the microbe increased from 78 to 94 percent. Reduction in the total number of carbapenem-resistant infections resulted in approximately $1.1 million in total cost avoidance in 2013.

    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.

     

  • 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:

    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.

     

    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