Hospitals may appear to be clean environments for patient care but in reality they can easily become ground zero for the development of many infections in hospitalized patients. Though infections are just one measure of a hospital’s patient safety record, they’re an important one. Ever year an estimated 648,000 people in the U.S. develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). High-touch surfaces such as door handles, faucet hardware, countertops, privacy curtains, and overbed tables can harbor and become breeding grounds for bacteria. Also, the air handling system, mechanical systems and plumbing toilets and sinks can emit and circulate contamination into the air and surrounding environment. As new healthcare facilities are built there are new innovative technologies that can be used to prevent cross contamination and enhance infection prevention measures. In this webinar a review of new products and systems will be presented that can be implemented in a new hospital build.
- Learn why healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are of concern for both human health and financially
- Describe the role of the infection preventionist in the healthcare setting.
- Describe the calculation for the standardized infection ratio (SIR)
- Describe which areas of the hospital are most susceptible to contamination
- Describe sources for air and environmental contamination in hospitals
- Discover what technologies are available and their differences
- List the performance measures a hospital might use to measure success
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Role of the Infection Preventionist: consultant, educator, researcher, epidemiologist
- CDC guidelines, CMS standards, The Joint Commission standards, FDA, EPA and AORN guidelines that influence the practice of hospital infection prevention and control
- How pathogens survive on hospital surfaces and cause healthcare associated infections
- Standardized infection ratio used by the CDC to calculate the risk of HAIs and the CDC’s most recent national reports on HAIs
- Sources for air and environmental contamination in healthcare settings
- Innovative air and environmental disinfection technologies that can be used in healthcare settings
- Physical environment considerations when designing hospitals
Who Should Attend:
- Infection Preventionists
- Hospital Epidemiologists
- Chief Nursing Offices
- Plant Operation and Facility Directors
- Healthcare Facility design architects and consultants
About the Presenter:
Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed. has been an Infection Preventionist for over 40 years and board certified in infection control (CIC). As one of the early pioneers in infection control, she was awarded the APIC National Carole DeMille Award in 1990 and was selected as one of the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention in 2007 for her work in establishing a MRSA and Staph aureus Elimination Program at New England Baptist, an Orthopedic Center of Excellence in 2006.In 2012 she was selected as one of the “Who’s Who of Infection Prevention” and in 2017 she was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC) for her advanced practice in infection prevention and leader within the field.She is currently an independent Infection Preventionist Consultant and was previously the Director, Clinical Education at Accelerate Diagnostics, Tucson, AZ facilitating clinical adoption sessions of a fast antibiotic susceptibility system for sepsis with IPs, clinicians and staff.She was previously the Corporate Director, Infection Prevention for Universal Health Services, overseeing the IP programs in 28 hospitals in 7 states.Her Infection Prevention career in Boston included the role as Infection Control Director at New England Baptist Hospital, an orthopedic center of excellence and Director of the Infection Control Unit at Mass General Hospital.
Maureen has presented numerous research abstracts and lectures at national conferences and published many peer reviewed articles on healthcare associated infections. As a national and international speaker she has presented in conferences in Austria, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, France, Turkey, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.
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