Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Care Setting – Meeting the Challenge

IP Competency: Novice

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2021


Ambulatory care visits are increasing in significant numbers. More than ¾ of surgical procedures done in the United States are done in ASC’s or outpatient settings. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) remain a significant patient risk regardless of the setting. Infection Preventionists can have an impact on the quality of care patients and staff members receive in these settings.  A review of various ambulatory settings will be discussed as well as how to develop a toolkit to address the infection prevention needs of these various setting. The discussion will include infection prevention program development, practice goals, review of disinfection and sterilization, environmental services/hygiene, safety practices, participating in quality improvement and promoting employee health. Areas of deficiency commonly seen in the outpatient setting will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what constitutes an ambulatory care setting.
  • Define the Infection Preventionist’s role in these alternate care settings.
  • Learn how to develop a toolkit for implementing an effective infection prevention program in ambulatory care.
  • Discover common issues found during surveys in outpatient settings.

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Mary Sibulsky, RN

Manager, International Eye Institute

Mary Sibulsky, RN has been involved in nursing for many years with experience in ambulatory care management and infection prevention for the past 28, in addition to being an AAAHC surveyor since 2007.  She has federally specialized training in Incident Command Systems, National Incident Management systems and experience working in disaster response including nursing management of special needs shelters.  A passion for infection prevention and education has led her to be involved in her local APIC chapter, including serving on the board and conference planning committee, as well as participating on the national APIC Annual Conference Committee.  She has presented at APIC and ASC meetings on the state and national level on topics such as Disaster Response, Surviving Your Facility’s Survey, and Infection Prevention in Challenging Settings.  She currently works as the manager of the International Eye Institute and travels to Latin America many times a year to work with surgical mission teams.

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Recorded 04/19/2018
Recorded 04/19/2018
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1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available
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