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Title: Building the Business Case for Infection Prevention/Environmental Services Resources: Three Facilities Achieve Success

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Guest Speakers:

  • William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC will present data on the role of environmental services in preventing infections and the associated cost benefit.
  • Kathy Horn, RN, CIC and Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP will discuss their approach to obtaining the resources they needed to build a robust infection prevention program at their community teaching hospital. Using feedback from their hospital CEO, they will describe how their approach was viewed successfully by their ‘C-suite’.
  • Debra Hurst, RN, BSN, CIC will present details on how Rogue Valley built up their infection control program from the foundation up with buy in from the fundamental departments including Environmental Services and Nursing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of surfaces in diseases transmission and how environmental services can assist in prevention
  • Describe a successful approach to obtaining infection prevention resources in a community teaching hospital.
  • Discuss the relationship between Mission and Margin.
  • Describe three ways that partnering with Infection Control can benefit the environmental services program
  • Identify desired program outcomes, relevant costs, and projected benefits.

Title: Practical Tips for Understanding Research

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Guest Speaker:  Marilyn Hanchett RN, MA, CPHQ, CIC
, senior director, Research and Clinical Innovation

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.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify the basic structure of a research study

2.  Explain common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when reading studies

3.  Describe the basic statistics used in research and how to interpret them


Title: Measuring Clean: Audit Tools and Practices

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Guest Speaker:  Philip Carling, MD is the Director of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology at Carney Hospital in the Dorchester area of Boston. He teaches and is involved in clinical research at Boston University School of Medicine where he is a Professor of Clinical Medicine.

Research studies have shown that microorganisms can live and thrive for days, weeks and months in the environment on inanimate surfaces. If this is the case how can we ensure that the surfaces we clean and disinfect are really clean?

Some believe that direct covert observation is sufficient for certain surfaces. Others advocate use of ATP technology or fluorescent marker systems. Yet, still others support use of a combination of these technologies as well as other practices, emphasizing that the combination provides the ideal level of effectiveness. Which is it? What does current research point to as the most effective technology in the measurement of clean? How can we effectively mitigate the risk factors associated with these technologies? And what methodologies and practices get us to accurate and consistent cleanliness measurements?

Join environmental expert and physician Dr. Phil Carling as he takes us on a deep dive into the pristine waters of hygienic cleaning and measurement. 

Learning Objectives:

1.  Explore strategies for optimizing compliance with CDC recommended Level I Environmental Hygiene Practices

2.  Determine how to best evaluate environmental cleaning practice from conventional and enhanced monitoring approaches

3.  Review and discuss the benefits of CDC Level II Programs


Title: "Best" Practices for Surface Disinfection

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

Learning Objectives:

1.  Review the CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization: Focus on environmental surfaces

2.  Review the use of low-level disinfectants and the activity of disinfectants on key hospital pathogens

3.  Review "best" practices for environmental cleaning and disinfection

4.  Discuss options for evaluating environmental cleaning and disinfection

5.  Review "no touch" methods for room decontamination


Title: Knowledge to Action in the Healthcare Environment: Critical Competencies

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Guest Speakers:


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

Patti Costello,
Executive Director, Association for the Healthcare

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.

Learning 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


Title: Role of surfaces in the transmission of emerging healthcare-associated pathogens: norovirus, Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter spp

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Guest Speaker: William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, will focus on the role of surface contamination in the transmission of three emerging nosocomial pathogens. He will also review the scientific evidence that demonstrates the important role that hospital environmental surfaces play in the transmission of these pathogens.


About the project:

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).

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.

For more about Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients please visit the website www.apic.org/CleanSpaces