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  • Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Long Term Care: An Innovative Model for Success

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Inconsistencies in implementation of evidence-based infection control best practices, and the number of deficiencies for infection control problems in long term care facilities, indicate the need for increased emphasis on identifying barriers to development of a structured framework to integrate infection control strategies into clinical practice. The presenter will demonstrate the utilization of an innovative model designed to enhance nursing homes' success with incorporating infection control best-practices into clinical practice by exploring areas of greatest challenge and assessing patterns of care that could be targeted for improvement. A component of the model, a unique best practice assessment tool will be illustrated.This tool specifically measures in which infection prevention domains nursing homes perform either well or poorly, in which implementation categories there are differences in facility performance, and which elements of best practice are most lacking in areas of poor performance. Pennsylvania's experience with utilizing this model to study the impact of various levels of implementation of infection prevention practices on infection rates in nursing homes, and to successfully drive infection reduction in nursing homes with high infection rates, will be highlighted. The presenter will describe use of this model as a powerful device to justify or prioritize implementation of appropriate prevention strategies and resources, and to gain a fresh perspective on the effectiveness of improvement strategies needed to enhance the infection control program.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Sharon M. Bradley, RN, CIC
    Senior Infection Prevention Analyst, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority


    IP Competency: Moderate

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2016

     

    Inconsistencies in implementation of evidence-based infection control best practices, and the number of deficiencies for infection control problems in long term care facilities, indicate the need for increased emphasis on identifying barriers to development of a structured framework to integrate infection control strategies into clinical practice. The presenter will demonstrate the utilization of an innovative model designed to enhance nursing homes' success with incorporating infection control best-practices into clinical practice by exploring areas of greatest challenge and assessing patterns of care that could be targeted for improvement. A component of the model, a unique best practice assessment tool will be illustrated.This tool specifically measures in which infection prevention domains nursing homes perform either well or poorly, in which implementation categories there are differences in facility performance, and which elements of best practice are most lacking in areas of poor performance. Pennsylvania's experience with utilizing this model to study the impact of various levels of implementation of infection prevention practices on infection rates in nursing homes, and to successfully drive infection reduction in nursing homes with high infection rates, will be highlighted. The presenter will describe use of this model as a powerful device to justify or prioritize implementation of appropriate prevention strategies and resources, and to gain a fresh perspective on the effectiveness of improvement strategies needed to enhance the infection control program.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Utilize multifocal methods of assessment to measure integration of best practices into infection control program and structure.
    • Detect opportunities for improvement to implementing infection control best practices at leadership, physician, clinical and support staff levels.
    • Translate assessment results into a structured framework to incorporate infection control strategies into clinical practice.

    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.

    No CNE's for this session

  • Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The overall purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to describe the epidemiology and impact of CRE and discuss the basic prevention measures necessary to prevent transmission within healthcare facilities.

    Meet the Speakers:

    Alexander J. Kallen, MD, MPH
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Wendy Bamberg, MD
    Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program
    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

     

    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, and Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2016

     

    Description:     

    The overall purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to describe the epidemiology and impact of CRE and discuss the basic prevention measures necessary to prevent transmission within healthcare facilities.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the basic epidemiology of CRE in the United States
    • Discuss the impact of CRE in healthcare settings
    • Identify measures to prevent the transmission of CRE in healthcare settings
    • Describe how state-level CRE surveillance is useful to infection preventionists.
    • Describe challenges that might occur with CRE prevention efforts and steps to overcome them
    • Describe the importance of collaboration between health departments, infection preventionists and other partners to prevent CRE 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.

    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.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    APIC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider  Number CEP7146.

    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

  • Preventing Legionnaires Disease: Complying with ASHRAE Standard 188 in Healthcare Facilities

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Degrading public water systems, lower budgets for water treatment, and climate extremes may be some of the underlying contributors to widespread occurrences of Legionnaires Disease in the United States today. Attendees will be introduced to the requirements that health care facilities will need to follow in order to comply with the new ASHRAE Standard 188 Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. This newly developed standard of care applies to all healthcare facilities and establishes a process to identify critical points for monitoring and prevention of Legionnaires Disease associated with building water systems. We will present practical issues that Infection Prevetionists can expect to encounter when responding to an outbreak of Legionellosis. Attendees will learn how to evaluate the various immediate exposure mitigation measures available. Recommended approaches to working with Public Health Officials investigating the outbreak will be discussed. Finally we will discuss how to choose and monitor the effectiveness of long term prevention strategies to avoid recurring outbreaks.

    Meet the Speaker:

    John D. Krause, Ph.D., MSPH, CIH
    Certified Industrial Hygienist
    ENVIRON International

     

    IP Competency: Novice

    Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2016

     

    Degrading public water systems, lower budgets for water treatment, and climate extremes may be some of the underlying contributors to widespread occurrences of Legionnaires  Disease in the United States today. Attendees will be introduced to the requirements that health care facilities will need to follow in order to comply with the new ASHRAE Standard 188  Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. This newly developed standard of care applies to all healthcare facilities and establishes a process to identify critical points for monitoring and prevention of Legionnaires Disease associated with building water systems. We will present practical issues that Infection Prevetionists can expect to encounter when responding to an outbreak of Legionellosis. Attendees will learn how to evaluate the various immediate exposure mitigation measures available. Recommended approaches to working with Public Health Officials investigating the outbreak will be discussed. Finally we will discuss how to choose and monitor the effectiveness of long term prevention strategies to avoid recurring outbreaks.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the actions necessary to comply with ASHRAE Standard 188 - Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems
    • Evaluate the usefulness of immediate exposure mitigation measures during al Legionellosis outbreak.
    • Choose and monitor the effectiveness of long term prevention strategies to avoid recurring outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease.

     

    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.

    Accreditation Statement:
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    APIC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider  Number CEP7146.

    Disclaimer:
    APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

    No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.

  • It's a Gas! Infection Prevention in Anesthesia

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This presentation will highlight key infection prevention challenges in anesthesiology. Recent national anesthesia guidelines, unique issues and application of the new guidelines will be discussed. An evaluation tool of Anesthesiology Infection Control practices for use by infection preventionists (IPs) will be shared.

     

    Meet the Speaker:
    Susan Dolan, RN, MS, CIC

    IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, and Expert

    Duration: 60 minutes       

    Available through: 12/31/2016

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    Description:
    This presentation will highlight key infection prevention challenges in anesthesiology. Recent national anesthesia guidelines, unique issues and application of the new guidelines will be discussed. An evaluation tool of Anesthesiology Infection Control practices for use by infection preventionists (IPs) will be shared.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss the revised American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)Recommendations for Infection Control for the Practice of Anesthesiology.
    • Identify the role of the IP in working with anesthesia to address the prevention of HAI in patients as well as infection transmission to the anesthesia staff.
    • Incorporate a practical tool for IP use when evaluating compliance with the above ASA Recommendations at your institution.

    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 Challenges an IP faces working in the Long Term Acute Care environment

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This presentation will highlight what an LTAC is and how it is different from our counterparts in the short term acute hospitals (STAC), the challenges that the IP faces working in the long term acute care environment including the upcoming regulatory changes and the challenges to meet CMS reporting requirements.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Sean Muldoon, MD  

    Sheila Fletcher, RN, CIC

     

    IP Competency: Novice

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

     

    This presentation will highlight  what an LTAC is and how it is different from our counterparts in the short term acute hospitals (STAC), the challenges that the IP faces working in the long term acute care environment including the upcoming regulatory changes and the challenges to meet CMS reporting requirements.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe what an LTAC is and how it is different from a short term acute care hospital
    • Verbalize at least two of the challenges an IP faces when working in the LTAC environment that the STAC counterpart does not face, and
    • Describe the regulatory requirements the IP in an LTAC faces in light of the upcoming CMS mandatory reporting requirements. 

    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.

  • 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.