Monday, September 25, 2023 @ 1 pm ET
Speakers: Christine Zirges, DNP, ACNS-BC, CIC, FAPIC, Lisa Schweitzer, RN, BSN, MS, Tess Hendricks, BS, MLS, CIC, Miki Gould, MAH, RN, MLT, CIC, FAPIC and Alicia Strahl, MPH, MLS (ASCP)
The Trifecta: The Long-Term Care, Hospital, and Home Health Outbreak Investigation - With the Help of Public Health!
A total of six patients from home health and a long-term care facility acquired carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanni (CRAB) as identified through site and surveillance cultures. The latter created an alert to the local public health department. The community hospital was identified as the point source. Collaborative calls occurred and an onsite Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) was performed within the hospital. Action planning and interventions to mitigate further risk of transmission occurred within home health and the hospital as both areas are part of the same healthcare system. As of five weeks out, no further cases identified.
Monday, October 30, 2023 @ 1 pm ET
Speakers: Maria Gomes, BSN, RN, CIC and Joanna Dragone, RN, BA
Bridging the Gap in Behavioral Health Settings
This presentation will bring awareness to the unique needs of behavioral health populations and programs as it relates to Environment of Care (EOC). We will discuss differences between traditional healthcare settings and behavioral health, how to build an effective EOC team and rounding tools, and how to bridge the gap and maintain infection control practices while maintaining patient safety.
Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 1 pm ET
Speakers: HeatherLyn Gray, MPH, CEM, CHEC and Amber Shaye Beville, MSN, RN
Eyes on the Hot Zone: Novel Diseases Drive Collaborative Efforts
This presentation will focus on the collaboration between Prisma Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Management, utilizing the development and implementation of the COVID-19 Site Manager role as a case study. Establishment and sustainment of the NDU program prior to the pandemic provided the foundation to adapt and scale for COVID-19 response. By enabling both clinical and non-clinical team members to serve in the role of COVID-19 Site Manager, Prisma Health was better equipped to ensure team member and patient safety in a rapidly changing infectious disease response environment.
Monday, December 4, 2023 @ 1 pm ET
Speakers: Ami Hughes, PHD, MPH, CIC and Chris Butler, PharmD
Achieving Success in Antimicrobial Stewardship through Partnership with Infection Prevention and Pharmacy
The current presentation will describe a successful partnership between Infection Prevention and Pharmacy departments to implement complementary antimicrobial stewardship activities. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how resources from Infection Prevention activities and Pharmacy monitoring can be leveraged to make progress towards common goals. Infection Prevention surveillance of MDROs can inform Pharmacy policies on antimicrobial prescribing practices.