On-Demand Webinars

  • APIC/SHEA Partnership Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This webinar is an opportunity to hear directly from the presidents on what SHEA and APIC are doing together and what is on the horizon for 2019 and beyond.

  • Peripheral IV BSIs: It's Just an IV, isn't it?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Every IP understands the importance and high priority of good patient outcomes and works to track and guide interventions that supports this priority. One outcome that we may be overlooking is Peripheral IV (PIV) bloodstream infection (BSI).Peripheral IV catheterization (PIC) is the most common invasive procedure performed on hospitalized patients. PIV insertion and maintenance provides a potential risk for a number of safety incidents, including microbial growth in the bloodstream, infiltration, leakage, catheter obstruction and phlebitis. This webinar will attempt to provide data on the prevalence of PIV BSI and definitions used identify them. Since most IPs are not vascular access specialists by background, we would like to provide education around the nuances of vasculature, guidance from vascular experts and potential bundles and education that can assist in decreasing our patient's risk for PIV BSI. Finally, we would like to explore patient advocacy and the potential voice IPs are going to have in the future of PIV BSI.

  • NHSN Update Fall 2018

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on several commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Topics will include updates on CLABSI exclusions for 2019, Annual Facility Surveys, and information on the upcoming PedVAE module and Outpatient Procedure Component. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.

  • The Infection Preventionist' Role in the Implementation of SSI Prevention Bundles

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    SSIs pose significant patient morbidity and mortality and are among the most common health care associated infections. IPs have an important role in the prevention of SSI beyond SSI surveillance. IPs should have expert knowledge and understanding of the new CDC guidelines, along with existing and future prevention guidelines, and should serve as leaders in the implementation of best practices and prevention bundles. Implementation of new and existing guidelines in SSI prevention requires thoughtful and careful collaboration with several interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams. IPs can serve as leaders in bringing these teams together to ensure best practice.

  • What's New: An APIC Update on Congress and the Regulatory Agencies

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    APIC Government Affairs staff summarize the latest updates on federal regulations and legislation impacting the role of infection prevention and control.

  • Preparing for Your Hepatitis A Outbreak - Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Several states have been involved in an outbreak of Hepatitis A (HAV), concentrated in populations of homeless, drug users, and contacts of those individuals. The rapid growth of the outbreak once it infiltrates local communities has been overwhelming local resources and has required measures to attempt containment and control that differ from those previously used in HAV outbreaks. This presentation will describe lessons learned in this outbreak, providing possible assistance to IPs, public health workers, and communities that will experience this outbreak in the future.

  • Infection Prevention Practices on the Healthcare Frontier: Emerging Models of Ambulatory Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    The dramatic shift of healthcare delivery to outpatient settings is accelerating. Within three years, it is expected that revenue from ambulatory or outpatient care will nearly double the revenue of inpatient acute care for most hospital systems (Truven, 2016). This session will examine projected growth over the next decade, as derived from analytical sources. This growth is across broad specialties and in varied settings including micro-hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care, and other outpatient locations. Advanced surgeries once thought to only be within the realm of inpatient acute care hospitals and involve several days of post-operative stay, are now being done on the same day with minimally-invasive techniques. This presents clear benefits as to patient experience and may limit risk of infection, but also this creates diverse challenges for the IP, such as lack of staff knowledge and insufficient resources to properly review practices. The need for oversight is highlighted by several ambulatory outbreaks in the last 40 years. Some of the earliest were Hepatitis B infections in outpatient hemodialysis patients, published in 1976. There have been many preventable transmissions of Hepatitis C due to unsafe injection practices. In addition, other organisms such as nontuberculous mycobacteria, Group A Strep, MRSA, Tsukamurella, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, and Streptococcus salivarius have caused infections. In the past, IPs could focus efforts on one main hospital but now they may be tasked with multiple facilities spread across broad geographies. Leading larger health systems have devoted staff specifically to ambulatory or outpatient settings. APIC and other organizations including CDC, ASHE, and SHEA have developed tools and other resources to assist. This presentation will review key findings and guidance from these multiple sources.

  • NHSN Update Spring 2018

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting BSIs. Detailed answers and guidance on CDI testing and analysis will also be provided. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.

  • 2017 Heroes of APIC

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Collaborating to connect dots and save lives & Creating a foundation to support infection prevention excellence

  • Heroes of APIC: Sharp Injury Reduction and becoming an Assessment Hospital

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    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.

  • Sterile Processing Department: What You Need to Know

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Learn the intricacies of the sterile processing department, including what items you should look for, what processes should be reviewed and what questions should be asked. Topics cover the entire pathway from point of use cleaning, through decontamination and sterilization, to sterile storage.

  • Reduction of Surgical Site Complications and Skin Breakdown

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This presentation is targeted to Infection Preventionists that have infection prevention overview and surveillance for surgical site infections. In the past IP activities have focused on pre-operative and operative SSI prevention. This presentation will bring into focus the post-operative and post-discharge risks and prevention activity. The focus of this presentation will be wound biology, nutrition, dressing selection, wound care, and patient education.

  • NHSN Update Fall 2017

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2017 will be provided. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.

  • Safe Injection Practices for Infection Prevention

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This webinar will provide an overview of evidence based injection practices designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infection for patients.

  • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfecting in Long-term Care Part II: Using the Required Performance Improvement Project (PIP) Framework to Improve Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Keeping the healthcare environment clean and disinfected requires systems and a plan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new Mega Rule requires the use of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) systems and plans. This webinar targets long-term care facility staff, and discusses how to use the required regulatory framework to develop an interdisciplinary cleaning and disinfecting in long-term care program.

  • NHSN Update Spring 2017

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2017 will be provided. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.

  • Cleaning and Disinfection in the Long-term Care Setting: Where do we Start?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In partnership with the Illinois Department of Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is offering a complimentary webinar presented by Deb Patterson Burdsall PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC. Cleaning and Disinfection in the Long-term Care Setting: Where Do We Start? Keeping a healthcare environment clean and disinfected is a cornerstone of infection prevention and control. One of the main responsibilities of the infection preventionist is to be aware of and involved in all aspects of environmental cleaning and disinfection. This webinar targets long-term care facility staff, and discusses the basics of keeping the long-term care environment clean and disinfected using an interdisciplinary teamwork model.

  • Heroes of APIC: Infection Reduction through IP team integration and patient safety culture

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Integration enables dramatic infection reduction & Reducing CAUTI through championing a patient safety culture

  • CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule - What IPs Should Know

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In November 2016, CMS's new Emergency Preparedness rule went into effect, and some elements of this rule could affect the way the Infection Preventionist does their job. During this session, we will review the rule, what it means and describe some of the components that are most important to IPs and Preparedness professionals combined. Familiarizing yourself with this rule could help you become more streamlined with the efforts of preparedness in your facility, and ensure you are in compliance by its official implementation in November 2017. A win-win for everyone!

  • Infection prevention in the OR: A close examination of 3 interventions

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Although surgical-site infections (SSIs) are currently the most common and most costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) up to 60% of SSIs have been estimated to be preventable by using evidence-based infection prevention practices. Surgical site infections can manifest as a superficial infection involving only the skin or develop into a deeper infection and involve tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material. The CDC and other organizations provide guidelines to prevent risks in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods. The epidemiology of SSI and risk factors associated with their development are important in understanding the types of patients that develop SSI. Surgical site infections are identified using standardized definitions from the CDC and are a component of a facility's surveillance program. These infections are part of the reporting system to the National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) and most state Department of Health's mandatory reporting systems. It is important that the infection preventionist and OR staff understand the definition, surveillance methodology and reporting structure in their facility.

  • APIC Heroes - Winter 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Teamwork in Healthcare And HOW to Make Changes & Improving Infection Prevention Through a Collaborative Approach

  • Heroes - Winter 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Teamwork in Healthcare And HOW to Make Changes & Improving Infection Prevention Through a Collaborative Approach

  • Outbreaks on Behavioral Health Units

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Patients with mental health issues may be at increased potential for infection and communicable diseases due to impaired judgment, poor medication compliance, substance abuse, homelessness, lack of personal hygiene, and poor nutrition. Those with severe illness may require acute care hospitalization for intensive treatment and stability. This poses a risk of transmission, and the potential for an outbreak, impacting both other patients and health care personnel on the behavioral health unit. Acute care recommendations to curtail an outbreak with traditional interventions such as increased hand hygiene, isolation precautions, and vaccination may be challenging on a milieu, where the patients have complex psychosocial needs and altered sensoriums. This can result with the patient declining healthy, therapeutic infection prevention activities, thus intensifying pathogen transmission. Outbreaks can arise and may not be recognized, resulting with additional cross-infection. Additionally, there may be limited diagnostic and treatment capabilities in some facilities. This presentation will discuss and explore outbreaks in behavioral health settings. The infection pathogenesis, transmission, management, sequela, and preventive strategies will be highlighted. Lessons learned and proactive strategies focusing on evidenced-based interventions to prevent future occurrences will be reviewed. The participant will obtain additional knowledge with bolstering their infection prevention program on their behavioral health units.

  • Addressing Exogenous Factors in Preventing Surgical Site Infections Part II

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI). Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

  • NHSN Update Fall 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2016 will be provided.

  • Addressing Exogenous Factors in Preventing Surgical Site Infections Part I

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this course, we want to expose some of these hideouts that can supply pathogens for surgical site infections (SSI). Reservoirs in the OR, ICU and SPD will be identified.

  • APIC Professional and Practice Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Professional and Practice Standards for Infection Preventionist (IP) were last published in 2008. Though this publication provided a strong foundation and framework for the profession on which to practice and define the professional scope; since that time, the profession has evolved tremendously and now includes functions that are expansive, novel and challenging to today's IP. The updated standards take into account the varying role of the IP across all competency domains:infection prevention and control, technical, leadership and program management,and performance improvement and implementation science; and career states:novice (early), proficient (middle), expert (advanced). They are intended to assist the IP in identifying areas for professional growth and provide performance criteria when used in conjunction with APICs Competency Model. This session is intended to facilitate the dissemination of the updated professional and practice standards to a wide audience of IPs, by providing tangible examples of how to best utilize them.

  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary I

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us where it all began this year! The opening plenary is where we really kick things off and set the tone for a great conference. Welcomed to Charlotte by the Host Chapter Liaison Kathy Cochran and Annual Conference Committee Chair Deb Johnson, we heard from APIC President Susan Dolan, and honored a number of award winners, including those designated as the first APIC Fellows!

  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary II

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    To kick off Plenary II, Deverick Anderson, winner of the APIC Distinguished Scientist Award, will present on the future opportunities for Infection Preventionist, emphasizing the importance of research and stewardship. The APIC Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control. This award recognizes a serious and ongoing commitment on the part of the recipient to advancing implementation science. Following Dr. Anderson will be an entertaining and informative session by renowned expert William Rutala. Get a fresh take on all things disinfection and sterilization, including the "good" classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the "bad" non-compliance with guidelines for reprocessing medical/surgical devices; and the "ugly" endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients.

  • 2016 Annual Conference Plenary III - Executing Imagination: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    With a career spent harnessing the spirit of creative disruption, renowned tech entrepreneur and bestselling author, Josh Linkner is an authority on fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Linkner started his career as a jazz guitarist, prior to founding and serving as CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Now an avid venture capitalist and mentor, he has invested in more than 100 startups, as a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners. He is a two-time recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has also been honored with the President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award. Linkner offers fascinating insight on the risks that companies face when they rely on the past to determine the future, as well as valuable tools and techniques for fostering innovation, creativity and disruption within one's organization.

  • The evolution of lab diagnostics for C difficile, and the role of the IP in facilitating appropriate and timely testing

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    The diagnostic and microbiology laboratory is an essential component of an effective infection prevention and control program. Laboratory personnel have a broad range of technologies, from traditional to cutting-edge, that they can use to support and enhance the efforts of the infection preventionist (IP). In this era of required HAI reporting via lab identification, appropriate and timely testing along with prompt notification to IP and healthcare workers is essential. IPs must collaborate with lab personnel to achieve shared goals and to communicate needs and problems. A strong relationship between IP and the laboratory is integral to ensuring healthcare quality, patient safety and cost containment.

  • NHSN Update Spring 2016

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Hear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users reporting HAIs. Detailed answers and guidance on how to navigate decision-making for reporting data into our nation's HAI surveillance system for 2016 will be provided.

  • What You Need to Know About the TAP Report

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this presentation, experts from the CDC will introduce the ability to use the NHSN analysis output options to create a report for targeting HAI prevention efforts called TAP Reports. They will describe the metrics used within the TAP Report and provide a demonstration on how to generate them.

  • Environmental Cleaning Roles & Responsibilities

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Who is responsible for cleaning the patient care environment and the equipment contained therein for an acute care facility? This question has been asked for years. Usually, the response is "housekeeping!" Not necessarily. So we have developed a comprehensive document that provides the answers to those questions.

  • Construction and Renovation in Healthcare Facilities: Beyond the Basics

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    .Healthcare Facilities are constantly initiating construction and renovation projects in order to upgrade their infrastructure to better meet the needs of their patients, staff, and visitors. In addition to developing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), Infection Preventionists (IP) should be an integral part of these project teams for the entire project. IPs should also have the knowledge and resources to insure that projects are built with infection control considerations included. The presentation will cover issues associated with construction and renovation in healthcare facilities. It will increase IP awareness of the complexities associated with these issues as well as possible resolutions. Topics to be included in the presentation include: IP's involvement and their role in all phases of construction and renovation projects and coordination with other departments. A review of appropriate FGI Guidelines and the documentation required will also be discussed. In addition, materials, finishes, and design features in construction projects will be reviewed. Areas in which knowledge deficits are common, including building systems, and interpretation of architectural drawings will also be covered.

  • APIC Heroes - Winter 2015

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    "Plastic" Rounds: A Nurse-Centric Approach to Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) & Antimicrobial Stewardship: Defining the Role of the Infection Preventionist Inter-Professional Collaboration

  • How clean is clean? The challenges of disinfecting porous and nonporous surfaces in healthcare environments

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Despite extensive education and controls in hand hygiene, patient isolation, and surface disinfection, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) HAIs are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Learn about potentially overlooked niche environments for pathogen survival and transmission and the challenges associated with cleaning a wide range of surfaces in the healthcare environment in this presentation. New information will be shared that evaluates disinfectant efficacy and compatibility with various surfaces to help you develop an evidence-based Approach for more effective cleaning protocols. An estimated 20% to 40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross-contamination via the hands of healthcare personnel who have become contaminated either from direct contact with patients or indirectly by touching contaminated environmental surfaces. Numerous studies have shown that both soft and hard surfaces contribute to the harboring and transmission of pathogens throughout healthcare environments. Recently, studies have shown that pathogens readily travel from a single contaminated site to multiple surfaces throughout a facility in a cycle of continuous contamination and recontamination. In one study, microbial tracers traveled from a contaminated nurse's station to 64% (25/39) of surfaces throughout the facility within four hours. Surfaces in the healthcare environment are constructed of mixed (porous and nonporous) textiles, requiring different infection control practices. Changes in surface integrity, caused by typical cleaning and disinfection practices, along with normal use, can create unseen niches for microbes to persist and be protected from contact with cleaning and disinfecting agents. Awareness of the complexity of surfaces in healthcare settings is increasing, and infection preventionists looking for best practices and guidance for reducing healthcare-associated infections and improving patient outcomes will benefit from this webinar.

  • Data and Infection Preventionists: Lessons Learned from the EPI Analytics Learning Lab

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    As we learned this summer through the EPI Analytics Virtual Learning Lab, data collection, interpretation and application are just some of the key responsibilities for an infection preventionist. However, understanding where to begin is easier said than done. In a follow-up to the six-week course, our clinical advisors will review its key takeaways, discuss the ongoing need for data-related education, and the common struggles infection preventionists face with data analytics.

  • Closing Plenary: Storytelling as Best Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. As we learn more about how our brains work, we're also discovering that stories are intrinsic to decision-making and shape our view of the world. In his keynote address, "Storytelling as Best Practice," Andy Goodman will explain why story telling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess,and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

  • Opening Plenary: Preparing Globally, Acting Locally: Applying Infection Prevention Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This session will examine Ebola preparedness from several different perspectives with a focus on the ways in which Ebola can help convince healthcare leaders,policy makers, and the public of the value of infection prevention preparedness. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the lessons that can be learned from Ebola preparation and what they can teach us about other more day-to-day issues such as HAI reduction, antibiotic resistance, and what's needed to strengthen infection prevention preparedness overall.

  • Hand Hygiene in a behavioral health setting - Can it be accomplished?

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Review of infection prevention challenges facing staff who care for behavioral health patients in any setting. This review will include population risks for multi-drug resistant organisms, tuberculosis, chemical dependency, homeless, group homes, and frequent acute care readmissions. There will be a review of a PI Project that was initiated after joining the Joint Commission Transformation Center and Essential Hospitals Institute collaborative using the Targeted Solutions Tool and WHO guidelines. Included will be a quick review of the literature, identification of baseline data, and identification of staff reasons for lack of compliance with infection prevention practices. A review of common safety concerns with the Behavioral health patients including: differences in isolation practice in the behavioral health setting vs. acute care, differences in hand hygiene product availability and the perception of the staff that this setting is different and doesn't require the same diligence in infection prevention. The presentation will show how to use the risk assessment to evaluate actions and products to assure continued safety for the patient and staff. Description of Just-In-Time training to include documentation to identify actions taken for later follow up if indicated.

  • Study of UV Light in a Long-Term Care Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Long-term care facilities house vulnerable populations; thus, effective disinfection practices are of utmost importance. An emerging technology in the disinfection space is ultra-violet room treatment systems. Published literature has mostly focused on UV-C light's efficacy in the lab setting and in the acute care setting. Dr. Gerba has done extensive research in the long-term care setting to understand whether UV-C light is an effective tool for pathogen reduction and how UV-C technology should be used in long-term care. This webinar will help you understand the appropriate use of UV-C light for room treatment through a careful study of data.

  • Sterile vs. Non-sterile: Dispelling myths about skin antiseptic sterility

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Provide the history of contaminated skin antiseptics that lead to patient infection. Provide background on the FDA investigation and their industry-wide request regarding skin preparation solution sterility and single-use packaging. Update the infection prevention community on industry's response to the request. Educate clinicians on the on the facts of skin antiseptics and how they impact best practices.

  • Respiratory Viruses in Healthcare: Nothing to Sneeze At

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This presentation will provide the audience with background information on the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of respiratory viruses (RV) in adults and children. The significance of transmission within hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient environments will be reviewed along with the impact that RV have in vulnerable patient populations. Prevention strategies will be dissected to reveal the challenges and benefits of RV prevention in healthcare. Possible solutions for creating a culture of RV prevention awareness among healthcare staff and patients will be outlined for the audience. This presentation is designed for infection preventionists; nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; staff in long-term care, ambulatory care, and public health; infectious disease specialists.

  • Legislative Representatives Training and Regulatory Update

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar, designed for both new and veteran Chapter Legislative Representatives (CLRs), will provide an update on APIC legislative and regulatory activities, and training on how to utilize APIC public policy resources.

  • Worth 1000 Words: Data Visualization and Infection Prevention

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Statistical graphics can help identify problems, assess contributing factors, educate others about these issues, and track outcomes. The presenter will discuss construction of effective statistical graphics and graphical data analysis. A case study will be presented showcasing use of these principles for infection prevention purposes. This presentation is intended for anyone interested in making their graphs more effective by taking advantage of the way our brains process visual data.

  • Crucial Conversations and Empowering Front-Line Staff

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Infection prevention, patient safety, and quality leaders implement the policies and processes to reduce harm; they are also tasked with gaining 'buy-in' from front-line staff and physicians. These relationships can be difficult to manage when not equipped with the tools to assist these individuals with the changes that are required. Infection Preventionists as leaders must develop the ability to both motivate and enable people to change through personal, social, and structural forces. This first requires the leader to understand their personal motivation and how 'change-ready' they are as individuals. Once this has been achieved, the next goal is to assist those front-line staff to understand how 'change-ready' they are. Once, this is accomplished, the staff will feel empowered to address the potential lapses in infection prevention or safety that they observe on a daily basis, but are afraid to address. This presentation will give real world examples that have been successful and will supply infection preventionists with the tools to make this same impact in their organization.

  • Disinfection and Sterilization: Best Practices for Infection Prevention

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    Each year in the US there are approximately 46,500,000 surgical procedures and about 10 million gastrointestinal endoscopies. All invasive procedures involve contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with the patient's sterile tissue or mucous membrane. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of infection. Our speaker will review the recommendations that should improve disinfection and sterilization practices in healthcare facilities. In addition to discusses best practices, Dr. Rutala will discuss at least two issues/controversies that still exist in disinfection and sterilization.

  • PPE Donning and Doffing

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join APIC for the new Ebola Q&A series of live webinars in the coming weeks to help address your inquiries regarding Ebola prevention and control. This first Q&A session will focus on donning and doffing PPE while managing patients with Ebola virus disease. APIC Communications Committee Member Barbara Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC, will facilitate this 45-minute presentation and discussion. View Ms. Smith during the October 21 webcast hosted by the Greater New York Hospital Association/1199SEIU Healthcare Education Project as she demonstrates the right way to don and doff PPE.

  • Human Factors Engineering 101

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Human factors design interventions have been suggested to mitigate infection risk in health care.This presentation will highlight Human Factors/ Systems Engineering, how people interact physically and cognitively with the world around them, including environments, tools, processes, and procedures. Human Factors Engineering is "matching" the work system to the "person".

  • Infection Prevention is a Team Sport--Game On!

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Infection Prevention and Control is a well established science and historically began with the infection preventionist (IP) serving as the primary lead responsible for implementing quality initiatives to control disease and improve patient outcomes. The IP's role has only continued to expand in knowledge, scientific and technical expertise. Another tool to bolster the IP's vast skill set relates to creating, strengthening and partnering with interdisciplinary safety teams within the healthcare system to develop reformative and sustainable changes.

  • Bridging the Gap: Establishing a Working Relationship with Anesthesiology

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    Traditionally, infection prevention (IP) efforts in the operating room (OR) have focused on nursing and surgical staff. However, a strong partnership with anesthesiology is also crucial to IP efforts in the OR. Our department has spent several years establishing a working relationship with anesthesiology. Our initial focus was on best practices for techniques used in the OR, such as sterile technique for central line insertion and proper care of invasive devices. We use several venues to share information, including a yearly education program for all staff, and monthly education programs for new staff. These in-person sessions allow anesthesia personnel to ask clarifying questions, and work through situations where it is difficult to comply with recommended best practices. Monthly educational articles are shared through an anesthesiology newsletter. These short summaries allow one area of concern to be highlighted each month, helping to maintain the focus on IP-related issues throughout the year. IPs complete OR observations several times each month, and anesthesia personnel are specifically observed performing central line insertion, Foley catheter maintenance, and hand hygiene. To promote transparency and foster a collegial relationship, IP has implemented real-time feedback to the anesthesia personnel about deficiencies. Monthly summaries of compliance are given to anesthesiology administration, and areas of concern are discussed. These processes have contributed to steady increases in compliance with best practices. The credibility our department has built with anesthesiology has allowed us to tackle some more challenging topics. Recently, we have been working toward increasing compliance with contact isolation both in and outside of the OR, as well as discussing appropriate technique for transport of patients between the OR and holding or other areas of the hospital. Overall, our continued efforts have resulted in a better relationship, which leads to better care for our patients.

  • A New Role for Infection Preventionist - Corporate Wide IP Consultants and Directors for Multi-Hospital Systems

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    A new role for Infection Preventionist (IP) is emerging in large hospital systems. The Corporate Infection Preventionist Consultant (CIPC) provides consultative and educational services, facilitates the standardization of surveillance systems, policies, products, processes and structure. These are key components in the development of a strong national IP program. The CIPC serves as a facilitator to bring leadership and a collaborative working relationship among the facilities. The CIPC participates in a monthly "Full Book" readiness survey (Joint Commission and CMS standards). The team is comprised of IP, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance, EOC, Medication Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Risk Management, Facilities and Life Safety. The team surveys the hospital in a three day period and revisits within 6 months to assist with action plans. Photos of IC issues and findings are prepared with TJC and CMS citations. The CIPC visits hospitals for onsite consultation and manages communication, NHSN data, webinars, teleconferences, product evaluations and policy development. This role is challenging and requires a strong experiential background in hospital epidemiology and infection prevention to be successful. The Corporate IP Consultant position, under Quality and Patient Safety, is an excellent resource to work toward zero HAIs. Innovative IC bundles of products and practices, standardized algorithms for identifying HAIs in each facility, a standardized corporate dashboard and examples of webinars, courses and projects that assisted in the corporate-wide successful reduction in HAI reductions will be presented.

  • Global Hand Hygiene

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    Launched in 2005, the World Health Organization First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care fosters partnerships and nationally- coordinated activities to reduce infections through improved hand hygiene in healthcare worldwide. By 2013, 132 of 194 United Nations' members' states had pledged their support to implement actions to reduce hospital infections, corresponding to 93% coverage of the world population. Between 2009 and 2013, over 15,000 hospitals from 169 countries joined its sister initiative SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. The next challenge is to convince and mobilize the private sector, governments, and patients to join forces with the potential to save millions of lives each year.

  • Lunch with an Expert: Innovative strategies to overcome infection control challenges in LTC

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    Do you work in Long Term Care and have burning questions about infection prevention and control? Then this Lunch with an Expert session may be just for you. APIC invites you to join our expert IP, Deb Burdsall who is the Corporate Infection Preventionist at Lutheran Life Communities in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Deb has 20 years of experience in infection prevention and is board certifications in gerontological nursing (ANCC) and infection control (CBIC).

  • Global perspective on Clostridium difficile: With specific focus on Dutch infection prevention measures

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This live program provides infection prevention training for professionals working in all healthcare settings to learn about infection prevention and control practices for preventing and control Clostridium difficile. The key to reducing infections and preventing contamination is implementing effective basic hygiene in daily practice, understanding the chain of infection and providing healthcare professionals with methods for self-protection. We will address the means of bedpan management with practical examples worldwide and specifically in the Netherlands regarding the international standard ISO15883. There will be a focus on Clostridium difficile in the Netherlands where the prevalence is lower as in USA. Finally we will discuss how the Netherlands prevent and combat Clostridium difficile with relevant Dutch Guidelines of the Working Party of Infection Control (WIP) where basic hygiene is highly promoted and Guidelines of the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB).

  • Developing IP Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Today's infection preventionist must be a catalyst for change in the practices or individual behaviors of healthcare workers who may not report to them directly. We must affect this change by expanding our sphere of influence, and in order to be successful in this, must develop strong leadership skills. Leadership and program management are so important to success that they have been included as one of the four essential domains of the APIC Competency Model for the Infection Preventionist. The APIC Competency Model for the Infection Preventionist in a white paper in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the official journal of APIC, in a special topic issue focused on "The Road to 2020."This session will present different leadership skill sets that will be needed at different stages of the infection preventionist's career, beginning with skills that are essential for success as new infection preventionist and the skills that will be needed as your scope of influence expands within your facility and beyond. Participants will learn practical tools for acquiring and practicing the leadership skills discussed in the APIC competency model, with a focus on collaboration, communication and program management. Tools for self-assessment will be shared, along with strategies for developing areas of weakness. This session will also discuss different styles of leadership to help participants begin to develop their own leadership styles and vision for leadership.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Comprehensive HAI Prevention: Finding and Controlling the Sources of Resistant Bacterial Transmission in the Healthcare Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    The presentation will provide information on the comprehensive program that was implemented throughout Kaiser Permanente's 13 Southern California hospitals. The Program established unique partnerships, improved environmental sanitation, reduced transmission of HAI infections caused by environmental contamination. Successful implementation strategies, systematic changes, stakeholder engagement and reinforcement/redundancy components will be presented and illustrated throughout the presentation.

  • Show Me the Evidence! Using Evidence-Based Practices to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Evidenced-based guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections have been developed by a variety of professional organizations and government agencies. However, dissemination of these guidelines does not necessarily lead to changes in clinical practice. Active resistance to practice change is common. How do we promote change? This presentation will discuss barriers that can affect acceptance and implementation of evidence-based infection prevention recommendations and review strategies that have been used successfully to overcome these barriers.

  • Infection Prevention in the Long-term Acute Care Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This session will provide an introduction to the Infection Prevention program in the long-term acute care setting. This unique setting comes with its own set of unique challenges to developing and implementing an effective infection control program. An overview of the population served, surveillance challenges and prevention measures will be discussed.