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  • Managing Isolation & Screening Behavioral Patients for MRSA & VRE

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Implementing and maintaining isolation precautions in a behavioral health setting presents challenges not encountered in acute care units . IP's in the BH facility can utilize a MDRO risk assessment and patient specific application of standard and contact precautions to assist in managing infected and colonized BH patients.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Mary ann Kellar, RN, MA, CHES, CIC

     

    IP Competency: Novice and Proficient

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Implementing and maintaining isolation precautions in a behavioral health setting  presents challenges not encountered in  acute care units . IP's in the BH facility can utilize  a MDRO risk assessment  and  patient specific application of  standard and contact precautions to assist in managing infected and colonized BH patients.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe standard and contact precaution procedures and conditions under which to use these precautions in Behavioral Health (BH)
    • Outline the steps and key elements of an MDRO risk assessment
    • Discuss the use of MDRO screening in BH
    • Identify the steps necessary to implement isolation protocols in the BH setting
    • List the priority areas in a comprehensive MDRO management program 

    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.

  • What Infection Preventionists need to know about the laboratory

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The objectives of this webinar are to describe common laboratory tests and techniques relevant to infection prevention practice, identify current channels of communication between the IP and the laboratory and lists ways to improve collaboration between the two departments and to summarize important laboratory topics to disseminate to other departments.

     

     

     Meet the Speaker:

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    Ann Maher, MS, M (ASCP), CIC, Infection Preventionist,
    Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

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    Richard A. Van Enk, Ph.D. CIC
    Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology
    Bronson Methodist Hospital

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    Duration: 75 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Objectives::

    • Describe common laboratory tests and techniques relevant to infection prevention practice
    • Identify current channels of communication between the IP and the laboratory and lists ways to improve collaboration between the two departments
    • Summarize important laboratory topics to disseminate to other departments

    This resource is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche, a Strategic Partner.

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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.

    Nursing contact hours: 1.25 

    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.

  • Methods for Assessing the Adequacy of Practice and Improving Room Disinfection

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Identify four pathogens that have been demonstrated to persist in the environment and potentially cause outbreaks.

     

    Meet the Speakers:

    Philip C. Carling, M.D.
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Moderator Name: William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC

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    IP Competency: Novice and Proficient

    Duration: 20 minutes       

    Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Description:

    Identify four pathogens that have been demonstrated to persist in the environment and potentially cause outbreaks.

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    Through the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare™, Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is assembling educational materials and resources that will be provided at no cost to both AHE and APIC members.

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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.

  • Practical Tips for Understanding Research

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Using evidence-based practices means that we must first understand what the evidence is saying. Analyzing the evidence can seem difficult and daunting, but it doesn't have to be! In this program we will apply simple yet very effective tips for understanding a scientific study and explain some of the most commonly reported statistics in these types of research articles. Examples will be presented that demonstrate the importance of research to EVS and strategies to move published evidence into actual use in healthcare settings.

     

    Meet the Speaker:

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    Marilyn Hanchett RN, MA, CPHQ, CIC
    Senior Director, Research and Clinical Innovation

     

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    Duration: 60 minutes       

    Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Description:
    Using evidence-based practices means that we must first understand what the evidence is saying. Analyzing the evidence can seem difficult and daunting, but it doesn't have to be! In this program we will apply simple yet very effective tips for understanding a scientific study and explain some of the most commonly reported statistics in these types of research articles. Examples will be presented that demonstrate the importance of research to EVS and strategies to move published evidence into actual use in healthcare settings.

    Objectives

    •  Identify the basic structure of a research study
    • Explain common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when reading studies
    • Describe the basic statistics used in research and how to interpret them

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Through the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare™, Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is assembling educational materials and resources that will be provided at no cost to both AHE and APIC members.

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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.

    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.

  • Best Practices for Disinfection of Noncritical Surfaces and Equipment

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Describe best practices for environmental cleaning and assessment of the adequacy of room disinfection practices to minimize transmission of HAIs.

     

    Meet the Speakers:

    Nancy Havill, MT (ASCP)
    Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Progam
    Hospital of Saint Raphael

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    IP Competency: Novice and Proficient

    Duration: 20 min.      

    Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Description:

    Describe best practices for environmental cleaning and assessment of the adequacy of room disinfection practices to minimize transmission of HAIs.

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    Through the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare™, Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is assembling educational materials and resources that will be provided at no cost to both AHE and APIC members.

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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.

  • Knowledge to Action in the Healthcare Environment: Critical Competencies

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients project brings together leaders in infection prevention and environmental services. Collaboratively, they deliver practical strategies to endorse processes to improve patient outcomes and operational efficiencies. Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is a collaborative between APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE).


    Meet the Speakers:
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    Patti Costello, Executive Director, Association for the Healthcare Environment

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    Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC, Associate Professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

     

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    IP Competency: Expert

    Duration: 60 min  

    Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Description:
    The Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients project brings together leaders in infection prevention and environmental services. Collaboratively, they deliver practical strategies to endorse processes to improve patient outcomes and operational efficiencies. Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is a collaborative between APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). 

    Objectives:

    1.  Introduce application of infection prevention competencies for all healthcare personnel instrumental in addressing the role of the environment in the transmission of organisms
    2. Apply knowledge using case scenarios that demonstrate the importance and value of an approach that can be universally applied
    3.  Demonstrate the critical nature of transprofessional and interdisciplinary teams in order to address the complex issues involved in environmental infection prevention and control.

    This session is applicable to all healthcare personnel involved in any healthcare setting where the environment can be a source of disease transmission.  Common scenarios will be used to demonstrate the application of practice competencies critical in training and monitoring of performance.  An approach that supports transprofessional and interdisciplinary teams as critical to success will be reviewed and specific examples provided.  Upon completion of the session, the participants will have a working knowledge of practice competencies and their value in infection prevention.  Further, the participants will be introduced to practical approaches to the development and use of transprofessional and interdisciplinary teams as part of the improvement process.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Through the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Professional Products, Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is assembling educational materials and resources that will be provided at no cost to both AHE and APIC members.

     

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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.

    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.

  • Role of surfaces in the transmission of emerging healthcare-associated pathogens

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients project brings together leaders in infection prevention and environmental services. Collaboratively, they deliver practical strategies to endorse processes to improve patient outcomes and operational efficiencies. Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is a collaborative between APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE).

     

    Meet the Speakers:
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    William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program, University of North Carolina Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC

     

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    IP Competency: Novice

    Duration: 60 minutes        Available through: 12/31/2015

    Description:
    The Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients project brings together leaders in infection prevention and environmental services. Collaboratively, they deliver practical strategies to endorse processes to improve patient outcomes and operational efficiencies. Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is a collaborative between APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). 

     

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    Through the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Professional Products, Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients is assembling educational materials and resources that will be provided at no cost to both AHE and APIC members.

     

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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.

    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.

  • AJIC Webinar Series - Frequency of Outbreak Investigations in US Hospitals: Results of a National Survey of Infection Preventionists

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    A national survey of infection preventionists (IP) in US hospitals was conducted by APIC in 2010 to inquire about outbreak investigations in the previous 24 months. This session will provide the results of the survey responses including frequency of outbreak investigations, triggers for investigations, types of hospitals and locations, causative organisms with a focus on the four most common causes, number of patients involved, incidence of unit/bed closures, number of closure days and control measures. This information is important for all IPs to increase awareness of the causes of outbreaks and the most frequent patient populations involved.

     

    Meet the Speaker:
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    Emily Rhinehart, RN BSN MPH

    Moderator:
    Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC
    Editor, American Journal of Infection Control (http://www.apic.org/ajic/)

     

    IP Competency: Expert

     

    Duration: 60 minutes        Available through: 12/31/2015

     

    Program Description:
    A national survey of infection preventionists (IP) in US hospitals was conducted by APIC in 2010 to inquire about outbreak investigations in the previous 24 months.  This session will provide the results of the survey responses including frequency of outbreak investigations, triggers for investigations, types of hospitals and locations, causative organisms with a focus on the four most common causes, number of patients involved, incidence of unit/bed closures, number of closure days and control measures.  This information is important for all IPs to increase awareness of the causes of outbreaks and the most frequent patient populations involved.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the most common triggers for outbreak investigations in US hospitals
    • List the four most common organisms involved in outbreak investigations in US hospitals
    • Identify the patient populations most frequently effected by outbreaks of norovirus
    • Identify the organisms most commonly leading to unit closures in outbreaks

     

    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:

    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.

  • Managing MDRO in Long Term Care

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar will help you identify and develop your facility's isolation philosophy. Topics will include a review of the most recent references related to MRDO, help you understand how the CMS interpretive guidelines affect isolation practices, and how to perform a MDRO risk assessment.

    Meet the Speaker:
    James Marx, RN, MS, CIC

     

    IP Competency: Novice

     

    Duration: 60 minutes        Available through: 12/31/2014

     

    This webinar will help you identify and develop your facility's isolation philosophy. Topics will include a review of the most recent references related to MRDO, help you understand how the CMS interpretive guidelines affect isolation practices, and how to perform a MDRO risk assessment.

     

    Learning objectives
    • List two MDRO of epidemiologic significance in long term care 
    • State one intervention to prevent transmission of MDRO
    • Find two key reference or guidelines on the management of residents with MDRO

     

    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.


  • Bed Bugs - Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The purpose of this presentation is to enhance understanding of bed bugs, and to describe the challenges of and approaches to dealing with this re-emerging infestation in healthcare and in the community. Infection preventionists, specialists in breaking the chain of transmission, are often called upon to deal with these pests. While not known to carry infection, bed bugs are increasingly disrupting environments, experts at hiding, and often difficult to treat. Information available online providing bed bug tips can be confusing, incomplete or incorrect. This webinar will discuss what makes bed bug detection, prevention and mitigation unique and provide coping strategies in healthcare and home. The presentation is targeted to infection preventionists, environmental services executives, nurses, and social workers.

    Meet the Speakers:
    Shantini Gamage, PhD, MPH
    VHA National Infectious Diseases Program Office

    Marian Rodgers, RN
    Dayton VA Medical Center

    Steven Parrish
    Program Manager

     

    IP Competency: Expert

     

    Duration: 60 minutes        Available through: 12/31/2014

     

    The purpose of this presentation is to enhance understanding of bed bugs, and to describe the challenges of and approaches to dealing with this re-emerging infestation in healthcare and in the community.  Infection preventionists, specialists in breaking the chain of transmission, are often called upon to deal with these pests.  While not known to carry infection, bed bugs are increasingly disrupting environments, experts at hiding, and often difficult to treat.   Information available online providing bed bug tips can be confusing, incomplete or incorrect. This webinar will discuss what makes bed bug detection, prevention and mitigation unique and provide coping strategies in healthcare and home.

     

    The presentation is targeted to infection preventionists, environmental services executives, nurses, and social workers.

     

    Learning objectives:

    • Describe the biology and key behaviors of bed bugs.
    • Discuss the risk of bed bug infestation in health care settings: acute care, residential, and home care.
    • Discuss bed bug prevention and detection strategies for health care and home.

     

    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:

    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.