Heroes of APIC: Reduction and Elimination of HAIs and Neonatal Sepsis

Recorded On: 01/22/2020

IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2022

Presentation #1: Reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections by empowering Environmental Services Staff

To enhance patient safety, healthcare facilities should include environmental services (EVS) education and empowerment. By doing this healthcare facilities will experience a reduction of patient harm from healthcare associated infections that are associated with the environmental surfaces. EVS engagement will be enhanced by adopting high touch surface audits, recognition, and education programs.

Presentation #2: Using Multi-Modal Strategies to Eliminate Neonatal Sepsis in Banso Baptist Convention

Neonatal Sepsis is one of the leading causes of neonatal deaths in developing countries, the infections spread most through the hands of health care personnel. Paradoxically, hand hygiene compliance is very low due to several factors including the absence of water and hand washing infrastructure in most setting. Although Alcohol based hand rub (ABR) has been proven to be the most effective strategy to improve hand hygiene, it is lacking in most facilities in developing countries due to cost. Therefore, local production is essential to ensure a steady supply of ABHR.

The objective of this project was to promote local production and use of ABHR in Cameroon and other African countries. We introduced local production and use of ABHR in Banso Baptist Hospital in 2002, couple with other infection prevention improvement strategies, and later spread the initiative to other facilities of the CBC Health Service. Local production, regular supply and consistent use of ABHR together with other infection prevention strategies lead to elimination of neonatal sepsis in Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH).


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.

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Teresa Daniels, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, T-CHEST

Market Director of Infection Prevention, Employee Health, and Environmental Services at LifePoint Health’s East Central Kentucky Market

Teresa Daniels is currently the Market Director of Infection Prevention, Employee Health, and Environmental Services in the acute care setting for LifePoint Health’s East Central Kentucky Market. Teresa is also a Professor at Eastern Kentucky University where she is an adjunct Facilitator for the online RN to BSN program. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years with recently earning a master’s in nursing (2016) with a specialty in infection prevention from American Sentinel University.  She holds multiple national certifications which include; Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician trainer (T-CHEST), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). Teresa earned the status as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC) in 2019. Teresa is also a Master trainer of TeamSTEPPS.

Teresa is involved with professional organizations such as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) where she served as Chapter President in 2014 and in 2018. In 2018 Teresa was presented the Patient Safety Hero award from the Kentucky Hospital Association. In 2019 she was named 2019 APIC Hero of Infection Prevention.

Nkwan Jacob Gobte, RN, BNS, MPH

Director of Baptist Training School for Health Personnel at Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services

Nkwan Jacob Gobte is a Cameroonian, holder of the Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Buea, and an MPH degree from the University of Roehampton in UK.  He is working with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS). He is the Director of Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP), Banso, and the supervisor of CBCHS infection control program of the CBCHS. He has sixteen years of experience as the pioneer infection prevention nurse at Banso Baptist Hospital in 2002. 

He is a current member of the following professional/ethics associations:

  • Infection Prevention and Control Association, Cameroon (IPCam)
  • Cameroon Bioethics Association (CAMBIN)
  • Infection Control African Network (ICAN) and chair of IPC/WASH working group
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), Canada,
  • Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC),
  • Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • Associate member of International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)

As the lead person of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services infection control program, he has conceived and successfully implemented many infection control projects including control of neonatal sepsis in the obstetric units from 2004-2008, conducting infection control training for primary health care birth attendants and Field Supervisors in 2010. In 2017, he conceived and successfully implemented the alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) project in 37 health facilities of the CBCHS. Through his leadership, the Banso Baptist Hospital team won the OXOID infection control team of the year award in 2006.The award was offered by SANOFI in the United Kingdom. His work as the lead infection prevention nurse of the CBC Health Services increased the visibility of the CBCHS infection control program nationally and internationally and earned him the prestigious awards as including the 2018 Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America (SHEA) International Ambassador Award in April 2018, and APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention in 2019. His goal and vision is to promote infection prevention, specifically hand hygiene by promoting the local production and use of alcohol hand rub in rural health facilities in Africa.

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01/22/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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