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/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGTown Hall with APIC COVID-19 Task Force - Part 4WB-2010220.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGThe Road Less Traveled: The Non-clinical IPWB-200930500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGBuilding Blocks for Infection Prevention in LTC; Closing GapWB-200923500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGTown Hall with APIC COVID-19 Task Force - Part 3WB-200910500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGLive from Industry: Clorox HealthcareWB-2009090.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNGFostering Resilience in Healthcare WorkersWB-200821500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngTown Hall with APIC COVID-19 Task Force - Part 2WB-200820500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngIPC & Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Synergistic RelationshipWB-200812500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngTown Hall with APIC COVID-19 Task Force - Part 1WB-200730500.000.00WEBINARS False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngHome Care and Hospice Survey ReadinessWB-200527500.000.00WEBINARSCMS and accrediting organization surveyors are focusing on infection prevention and control practices during home care and hospice surveys. This webinar will focus on the unique challenges of providing care in the home and provide practical guidance on how to prevent common survey compliance issues and strengthen your infection prevention and control program.At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:Recognize common problems and infection prevention challenges related to care provided in the home setting.Describe problematic infection control practices in the home and strategies to strengthen the infection prevention and control program.Strengthen the infection prevention and control program for care provided in the home care setting.More effectively prepare for a home care and hospice survey.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngNHSN Update Spring 2020WB-200521500.000.00WEBINARSHear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngLive From Industry: Eloquest HealthcareWB-2004160.000.00WEBINARSThe surgical site infection (SSI) prevention bundle is more complex and more rapidly evolving when compared to other healthcare-associated prevention bundles and keeping apprised of the latest innovations is often challenging for infection preventionists and perioperative teams. This presentation will highlight some of the more recent innovative practices and technologies, that when used as adjuncts to current surgical care practices, can reduce SSI risk among certain surgical patient populations.At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:Describe the clinical and financial impacts of SSIs on patients and healthcare facilities.List at least three core components of the current evidence-based SSI prevention bundle.List at least three innovative SSI prevention strategies that may be incorporated into the SSI prevention bundle to help further reduce SSI incidence.Identify several available resources that are helpful for ongoing education regarding evidence-based guidelines, innovations and technologies aimed at SSI reduction.Brought to you by Eloquest Healthcare.Disclaimer: The Information presented on APIC Online® does not necessarily reflect the views of APIC and in no event shall APIC assume or have any responsibility or liability for any information posted to APIC Online® or for any claims, damages or losses resulting from the use and/or appearance of such information on APIC Online®.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngAIHA & APIC COVID-19 ResponseWB-200327500.000.00WEBINARSThe webinar is designed for professionals that work in industrial hygiene, occupational health and infection prevention. It will address the gaps of knowledge of industrial hygienists and infection preventionists as it relates to ventilation, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety and business.At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:The difference between a procedure mask and an N95 respirator as well emergency use of industrial grade respirators;The role of contact, droplet, and airborne transmission of COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);The appropriate PPE for droplet and airborne precautions;Alternatives to respirators;The differences in the infection prevention approach for non-healthcare locations;Identifying locations within a hospital facility where COVID-19 exposure is most likely to occur;The six potential problems with rebalancing general ventilation to create negative pressure zones for use in place of AIIR.About AIHAFounded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors. About APICThe Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC's nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. For more information visit apic.org.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2019 Heroes of APIC: ThirdWB-200326500.000.00WEBINARSEducation is a key component of infection prevention. There are over 1,200 healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania. Developing education to meet the needs of the adult learner in difference healthcare settings, with varying levels of experience is a challenge. This webinar will discuss the various methods of education used to reach Pennsylvania’s healthcare facilities and review successful ways this was accomplished.The speakers will:Clarify the healthcare facility types in Pennsylvania governed by Act 13 and Act 52.Describe the role of the senior infection preventionists at Patient Safety Authority (PSA).Discuss three ways the senior infection preventionists provide education to facilities.List three ideas to help provide a successful educational session.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.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngHealthcare preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19WB-2003170.000.00WEBINARSHealthcare facilities face ongoing challenges related to preparing for and responding to emerging infectious diseases, including the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (which causes the disease coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19). Healthcare facilities must have a comprehensive emergency management plan that addresses the unique challenges in responding to COVID-19 and other events that result in a surge of contagious patients. The purpose of this webinar is to outline evidence-based recommendations, best practices, and Joint Commission Standards for managing an influx of infectious patients, including an outbreak or pandemic involving COVID-19.At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:Discuss the current epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.Outline evidence-based recommendations, best practices, and Joint Commission Standards for managing an influx of infectious COVID-19 patients.Describe infection prevention strategies needed to prepare for an influx of infectious patients.Outline crisis standards of care related to the use of masks and respirators during outbreaks of COVID-19.Disclaimer: This program is supported through an unrestricted grant from Aerobiotix.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2019 Heroes of APIC: SecondWB-200212500.000.00WEBINARSWe know that forging change is difficult without support from your leadership and teams. This webinar will discuss the importance of composing a team of leaders, engaging senior leaders and staff accountability. The speaker will explain the need for choosing the best leaders in order to see and sustain change in the organization. This will include discussions of how implementing a Just Culture can lead to staff engagement and accountability. As well as a first-hand account of how implemented changes are seen in the eyes of a patient.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.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPerforming Sterilization Best PracticesWB-200205500.000.00WEBINARSSterilization is an integral part of infection prevention in the healthcare setting and Infection Preventionists are responsible for ensuring that this complex process is performed safely and accurately. This presentation will discuss the critical processes of healthcare sterilization based on the industry “best practices” as prescribed by the current AAMI Sterilization Standards, AORN Guidelines and CDC Sterilization and Disinfection Standards.The speaker will:Examine the proper environment for sterilization activities to occur.Explain why it is important to follow instructions for use (IFU).Discuss the necessary steps for sterilization to occur.Describe the documentation process.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2019 Heroes of APIC: FirstWB-200122500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections by empowering Environmental Services StaffTo enhance patient safety, healthcare facilities should include environmental services (EVS) education and empowerment. By doing this healthcare facilities will experience a reduction of patient harm from healthcare associated infections that are associated with the environmental surfaces. EVS engagement will be enhanced by adopting high touch surface audits, recognition, and education programs.Presentation #2: Using Multi-Modal Strategies to Eliminate Neonatal Sepsis in Banso Baptist ConventionNeonatal Sepsis is one of the leading causes of neonatal deaths in developing countries, the infections spread most through the hands of health care personnel. Paradoxically, hand hygiene compliance is very low due to several factors including the absence of water and hand washing infrastructure in most setting. Although Alcohol based hand rub (ABR) has been proven to be the most effective strategy to improve hand hygiene, it is lacking in most facilities in developing countries due to cost. Therefore, local production is essential to ensure a steady supply of ABHR.The objective of this project was to promote local production and use of ABHR in Cameroon and other African countries. We introduced local production and use of ABHR in Banso Baptist Hospital in 2002, couple with other infection prevention improvement strategies, and later spread the initiative to other facilities of the CBC Health Service. Local production, regular supply and consistent use of ABHR together with other infection prevention strategies lead to elimination of neonatal sepsis in Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH).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.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngOnboarding New IPs: A Structured ApproachWB-200108500.000.00WEBINARSThe field of infection prevention is consistently changing which presents a challenge for novice infection preventionists who are new to the discipline. Although infection control and prevention has evolved over the last 15 years, there are basic practices that every IP must know in order to function effectively in their role. For many novices, infection control and prevention can be an intimidating world to enter into. Many may not have an academic background or prior experience in infection control and prevention and lack formal training. They may be thrust into their role without direction and are still expected to perform at an advanced level. This can be challenging, as many IPs are forced to self-train, create duties and roles, or seek out other avenues for training creating knowledge gaps and ununiformed practices.This presentation will focus on the importance and benefits of having a structured and standardized approach for orienting new IPs to their role and to the field of infection prevention. Having formalized new IP orientation checklists helps to ensure each IP has the basic training needed to function independently in their new role. Strategies for organizing and scheduling training sessions will be provided. This presentation will share strategies and approaches from the infection preventionist training program at a multi-facility healthcare system that has been identified as a best practice by regulatory and accreditation bodies.Speakers will:Discuss the importance and benefits of having a structured and standardized New IP Orientation.Analyze strategies for organizing and scheduling training sessions.Evaluate the role of IPs and IP Leaders in attaining a successful orientation-training program.False/images/Products/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_190256.PNG
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2019 APIC/SHEA Partnership ProgramWB-191213500.000.00WEBINARSJoin us for our 4th Annual Joint APIC/SHEA Presidents’ webinar taking place on December 13th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST. Hear from Hilary Babcock, SHEA president, and Karen Hoffmann, APIC president, for the annual presidents' update on the APIC and SHEA collaborative partnership. APIC and SHEA remain committed to strengthening the relationship between the two organizations with ongoing formal dialogue and development of joint communications and activities. 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 2020 and beyond.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngStrategies to Identify & Prevent Drug DiversionWB-191121500.000.00WEBINARSAccording to the Mayo Clinic, up to 15% of healthcare workers are addicted to drugs of alcohol. These workers develop and feed their addictions through drug diversion. The statistics are alarming and represent the seriousness and scope of the issue of drug diversion in healthcare.Drug Diversion can play a critical role in patient safety including risk of infection, along with other factors (Possible Impaired Provider and Potential Increase of Patient’s Pain Level).Abuse vs Diversion DefinitionEfforts to Prevent DiversionPatient Safety --- Infection ControlStrategies for Identifying & Preventing DiversionChain of Custody for Controlled SubstancesRisk AnalysisRisk Management --- Using Audit ToolsProper Disposal of Controlled SubstancesBest Practices ReportingLearning Objectives:Differentiate between Drug Abuse and Diversion.Identify the Strategies Used to Prevent Diversion.Identify the Patient Safety Issues related to Drug Diversion.Identify the steps to take for a Suspected Diversion.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngNHSN Update Fall 2019WB-191017500.000.00WEBINARSHear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngResponding to Antivaccine SentimentWB-191008500.000.00WEBINARSThis webinar will provide IPs with an overview of the current vaccine landscape in state legislatures and highlight APIC Vaccine Activities during upcoming International Infection Prevention Week.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngSurvival Guide for Observing a Surgical ProcedureWB-190926500.000.00WEBINARSIn this webinar, we will discuss the operating room environment, so the infection preventionist will understand the importance of their role in this unique area and have the confidence to observe a surgical procedure.Learning Objectives:Describe the importance of the infection preventionist (IP) role in observing surgical procedures.Understand the basics of surgical asepsis.Identify OR practices observed by the IP.Define strategies the IP can utilize when gaps in practices are known.Identify tools that can assist with surgical procedure observation.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngQuality Improvement in Home HealthcareWB-190814500.000.00WEBINARSHome healthcare (HHC) agencies are providing increasingly complex care and serve as a critical link between acute care and independent residential living. The landscape in which HHC agencies operate is changing due to the development of several value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives by HHS, changes in the CMS’ Home Health Conditions of Participation, and The Joint Commission’s focus on IPC as a national patient safety goal for HHC. This webinar will help IPs to understand and prepare for the changing landscape by:Presenting a research agenda to identify best practices for IPC and quality improvement in HHC;Describing trends in the HHC Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings (QoPC) data; andReporting results from a survey and qualitative interviews of HHC personnelDescribing the challenges to IPC and quality improvement in HHC and lessons learned.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngMeasles and Mumps in the United StatesWB-190718500.000.00WEBINARSOutbreaks of measles and mumps continue to occur in the United States despite widespread use of vaccination. Unfounded fears about risks of vaccination have resulted in declines in vaccine uptake in some areas and resultant outbreaks of infection. In this webinar, we will review the transmission, infection, diagnosis, and prevention of Measles and Mumps. We will discuss controversies surrounding vaccination and strategies for infection prevention.Learning Objectives:Identify the key components to a screening algorithm.Describe the steps when an exposure has been determined.List the symptoms and infectious period of measles and mumps.Discuss vaccines for prevention.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngNHSN Update Spring 2019WB-190523500.000.00WEBINARSHear directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts on the most commonly asked questions and scenarios received from NHSN users. Do you have questions for the NHSN? Send them to nhsn@cdc.gov prior to the webinar.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngMaintaining Ongoing Ebola Preparedness WB-190515500.000.00WEBINARSDuring the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in Africa, the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) affecting populations outside of Africa was high. Healthcare organizations around the world responded to the call for action, and resources were allocated to prepare organizations with rapid identification, isolation, transportation and treatment of patients under investigation for or positive for EVD. As the outbreak was contained, and the global threat waned, the perceived need to maintain preparedness also declined.The ease of global travel has increased the ability for infectious diseases previously thought to be contained within geographic borders, to be rapidly transported to new locations that may not be prepared to rapidly identify, isolate and treat these patients. Expanding the scope of infectious disease preparedness will provide healthcare organizations the leverage necessary to appropriately allocate resources, and maintain a program designed to prevent the spread of these diseases. Understanding the types of infectious threats that may occur will help healthcare organizations evaluate their current EVD plan and transition to a plan that that can be applied to other high consequence infectious diseases. Acknowledging the need for continued preparedness, organizations can allocate appropriate resources, and maintain preparedness.Learning Objectives:Identify three major components to perform a risk assessment on an old program.List two key reasons ongoing readiness is important in today's health care world.Articulate the potential financial impact this transition can have on an institution.Identify key stakeholders that need to be engaged to ensure resource allocation is sufficient.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngUnderstanding the Low-level Disinfection IFUWB-190417500.000.00WEBINARSThousands of equipment/devices exist across the health care continuum which require low level disinfection (LLD). For each equipment/device there is a unique IFU, which may include cleaning instructions, as well a description of how to then perform disinfection. In the fast paced healthcare setting, it is impossible for a healthcare worker to remember all of these instructions, and equally impossible for a healthcare system to adequately support a unique cleaning method for each piece of equipment. This webinar provides insight to the infection preventionists looking for an answer to “How can I clean all of the equipment in my institution, safely and still pass an inspection”.Learning Objectives:Participants will understand the IFU as it relates to cleaning and how this applies to equipment that requires low level disinfection.Participants will understand the science behind cleaning, why IFUs don’t always make sense.Participants will learn how partnering with your key stakeholders can help ensure safe and reliable cleaning practices in low level disinfection.Participant will understand essential components needed in a risk assessment for high reliability in low level disinfection.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2018 Heroes of APIC: ThirdWB-190403500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Process Improvements and Culture Change Drive C. diff DecreaseThe Infection Prevention and Quality departments at MountainView Hospital combined evidence-based process improvements with an emphasis on front-line collaboration to significantly enhance safety for their patients.In early 2015, the team “de-engineered” the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) their facility was reporting to identify specific improvement opportunities. Leveraging their varied medical technology, quality, and nursing backgrounds, Harsha Dave, Jan Olivas, and Lisa Schaffer then created processes to reduce HAIs across the board, with an emphasis on Clostridium difficile (C. diff).Using evidence-based guidelines, the team developed a C. diff testing algorithm designed to prevent unnecessary and duplicative C. diff testing. The algorithm was disseminated to all healthcare workers in the facility and medical staff leadership support for the project and appropriate testing was clear. The appropriateness of C. diff testing at MountainView has greatly improved and the facility’s C. diff rate dropped from 1.78 standardized infection ratio (SIR) in 2015 to 0.56 in mid-2016.Presentation #2: Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship Nationwide Through Untiring LeadershipMarc Meyer has tirelessly leveraged his infection prevention and pharmacy expertise to become a recognized leader and advocate for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), driving improvements in his small critical-access facility, his community and nationwide.A pharmacist by training, Meyer assumed responsibility for his 25-bed hospital’s infection control department in 1995. “I saw an ideal marriage between clinical pharmacy and infection prevention,” Meyer said. “These departments really need to work together, especially in small hospitals.” Southwest Memorial credits Meyer and his department for a 60 percent decline in surgical site infections and a 30 percent decline in multi-drug resistant organisms.But Meyer knew that hospital-based efforts alone would not preserve antimicrobial efficacy. As a member of the Colorado Hospital Association’s AMS collaborative, he works with 26 hospitals statewide to improve stewardship. Extending his advocacy and leadership even further, Meyer has helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum develop ASM guidance documents.imageBD 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2018 Heroes of APIC: SecondWB-190321500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Containing an Outbreak Through Preparation and CollaborationThe infection prevention and control (IPC) team at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota effectively employed their experience and relationships to rapidly contain the largest state measles outbreak in 30 years.When Children’s identified the first measles case in April 2017, established IPC processes and systems gave the team a head start on containment. These included an “empty and ready” spreadsheet to track individual patient details, an electronic medical record that generated reports detailing potential in-hospital exposures, and the knowledge that Children’s staff was MMR-vaccinated. The organization mobilized by using the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). “We designated a single process of communication and emphasized that HICS only works if everyone follows it,” Stinchfield said.The Children’s team also helped contain the outbreak statewide by partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to assist with at-home patient management and sharing information about their interventions in statewide clinicians’ conference calls. Ultimately, the Children’s IPC team helped end the measles transmission within five months and a total of 75 cases, while also improving patient management and fostering IPC relationships statewide.Presentation #2: Making Patients Safer Through Leadership and InnovationDr. Cindy Hou has systematically created and sustained programs that reduced rates of multiple healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) while improving collaboration around patient safety at her hospital system.Named physician chair of infection control for Jefferson Health New Jersey in 2012, Hou quickly determined that she wanted to expand beyond the Infection Control Committee to reduce HAIs. She established a task force to address rising Clostridium difficile (C. diff) rates that same year and followed annually with new task forces addressing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI; 2013), Sepsis on the Floors (2014) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI; 2015).Hou’s multi-disciplinary approach emphasizes leadership involvement and mutual respect to ensure task-force members’ engagement and long-term participation. The approach has generated impressive results: CLABSI rates at Jefferson Health have decreased from 1.8 in 2016 to 0.4 in 2017. CAUTI cases declined from 27 in 2013 to 17 in 2016. Antibiotic use decreased while the hospital-acquired C. diff rate declined from 5.1 to 3.0 in two years. A unique “Sepsis on the Floors” program—emphasizing recognition and management of hospital-onset sepsis—helped to decrease sepsis-associated mortality by 10 percent.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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngTargeting Zero Infections in Hemodialysis PatientsWB-190314500.000.00WEBINARSInfections among patients receiving hemodialysis continue to be major causes of morbidity and mortality despite recent advances in the science of infection prevention. Many infections are potentially preventable if caregivers adhere to proven best practices. Yet research suggests that many evidence-based interventions are not uniformly practiced in dialysis settings. This webinar will review the challenge of infection for dialysis patients and discuss proven best practices to prevent infections in dialysis facilities. We will demonstrate how engaged staff, partnering with an infection preventionist, can deliver high quality care according to industry best practice in the complex hemodialysis setting, help ensure regulatory adherence and promote optimal patient safety. Specifically, this webinar will provide attendees with tools and resources to help improve infection prevention practices of dialysis staff, including an overview of the CDC Core Elements to reduce BSI in dialysis patients, and available tools such as checklists and audit forms which can be used to assess current practice and inform quality improvement.Learning Objectives:Understand the mortality and morbidity of infections for hemodialysis patientsDescribe the evidence-based policies and procedures that reduce infections in hemodialysis patientsDescribe an algorithm of blood sampling on hemodialysis to minimize contaminationUnderstand an algorithm of hepatitis C screening for hemodialysis patientsDescribe how the hemodialysis program can impact the organization’s healthcare-associated infection ratesIdentify interventions that the infection preventionist can implement to reduce the risk of infectionFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2018 Heroes of APIC: FirstWB-190213500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Engaging Multi-Disciplinary Expertise to Generate Sustained ImprovementsBy fully leveraging expertise from multiple departments, the infection prevention team at Excela Health effectively tackled rising Clostridium difficile (C. diff) rates at their three-hospital system.When a steadily rising C. diff infection (CDI) rate led Excela Health leadership to establish an internal target for reducing or eliminating the infection, the infection prevention team welcomed the creation of an interprofessional team to help improve patient safety. The system’s continuous improvement team leveraged LEAN methodology to bring everyone together and achieve their goals. “We knew we needed a broad range of expertise to achieve our goals and the LEAN facilitator really helped us stay on track,” Deborah Schotting said. Excela Health’s CDI LEAN team created a comprehensive campaign focused on early identification and prevention of C. diff infections through appropriate testing, physician education, isolation/safety zone precautions, antibiotic stewardship, environmental cleaning, and staff and patient awareness. In addition to participation from nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, and environmental services departments, the Excela Health marketing and communications department created instrumental tools, team members educated nurses about documentation and process, and the system librarian identified key evidence-based resources. In just over two years, the system achieved a 43.8 percent reduction in healthcare-associated C. diff infections.Presentation #2: Collaboration and Creativity Generate Dramatic CAUTI ReductionThe Infection Prevention and Control Team at University of Louisville Hospital developed a program emphasizing continual education, awareness, collaboration, and fun to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) at their facility.The team had made some progress in CAUTI prevention, but “we really wanted to hit a tipping point that would enable us to sustain progress,” Sarah Bishop said. This desire led to a facility-wide 2017 CAUTI-reduction goal. The team created a multi-dimensional campaign comprising quality improvement, education initiatives, and creativity to promote reduction of indwelling urinary catheter usage and increase adherence to a nurse-driven removal protocol.Throughout the campaign, the team emphasized collaboration and relationship-building across departments. Ultimately, the team’s creativity and passion generated a 34 percent decrease in CAUTI. Continual education, including through nursing orientation and preceptorships, is helping to ensure they’ve reached their “tipping point.”imageBD 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2018 APIC/SHEA Partnership ProgramWB-181213500.000.00WEBINARSJoin us for our 3rd Annual Joint APIC/SHEA Presidents' webinar on December 13 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST. Hear from Keith Kaye, SHEA president, and Janet Haas, APIC president, for the annual presidents' update on the APIC and SHEA collaborative partnership. APIC and SHEA remain committed to strengthening the relationship between the two organizations resulting in ongoing formal dialogue and development of joint communications and activities. 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPeripheral IV BSIsWB-181025500.000.00WEBINARSEvery 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.Learning Objectives:Discuss data on the prevalence of PIV BSI and definitions used identify themDescribe at least one concept around knowledge of vascular preservation in patientsIdentify at least two ways to assist in decreasing our patient's risk for PIV BSIExplore the potential voice IPs are going to have in the future of PIV BSIFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngNHSN Update Fall 2018WB-181018500.000.00WEBINARSHear 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngImplementation of SSI Prevention BundlesWB-180919500.000.00WEBINARSSSIs 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. Learning Objectives:Describe the major components to the Update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (2017) Define the current best practice bundles for the prevention of SSIs Describe the role of the infection preventionist in bundle implementation Identify process improvement tools to assist the IP in leading multi-disciplinary teams in implementing bundled SSI reduction strategies. False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngUpdate on Congress and the Regulatory AgenciesWB-180828500.000.00WEBINARSAPIC Government Affairs staff will summarize the latest updates on federal regulations and legislation impacting the role of infection prevention and control.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPreparing for Your Hepatitis A OutbreakWB-180822500.000.00WEBINARSSeveral 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.Learning Objectives:Describe unique characteristics of the current multi-state HAV outbreak.Review lessons learned from the HAV outbreak that could be useful in planning for the spread of the outbreak to new locations.Plan for HAV outbreak management in future settings.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngEmerging Models of Ambulatory CareWB-180726500.000.00WEBINARSThe 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.Learning Objectives:List trends and project growth in ambulatory/outpatient care across broad specialties and in varied settings.Describe the typical patient profile, procedural capabilities, physical environment, and staffing structure of these locations and their relationship to traditional hospital systems.Identify strategies, best practices, and practical tools to support patient safety for IPs working in these new settings.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngNHSN Update Spring 2018WB-180516500.000.00WEBINARSHear 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngAmbulatory Care Setting Meeting the ChallengeWB-180419500.000.00WEBINARSAmbulatory care visits are increasing in significant numbers. More than ¾ of surgical procedures done in the United States are done in ASC’s or outpatient settings. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) remain a significant patient risk regardless of the setting. Infection Preventionists can have an impact on the quality of care patients and staff members receive in these settings. A review of various ambulatory settings will be discussed as well as how to develop a toolkit to address the infection prevention needs of these various setting. The discussion will include infection prevention program development, practice goals, review of disinfection and sterilization, environmental services/hygiene, safety practices, participating in quality improvement and promoting employee health. Areas of deficiency commonly seen in the outpatient setting will also be discussed.Learning Objectives:Understand what constitutes an ambulatory care setting.Define the Infection Preventionist’s role in these alternate care settings.Learn how to develop a toolkit for implementing an effective infection prevention program in ambulatory care.Discover common issues found during surveys in outpatient settings.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2016 Heroes of APIC: SecondWB-171108500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Establishing a Highly Infectious Disease Assessment HospitalJamie SwiftIn 2014 the world realized just how close we were to the threat of highly infectious diseases during the Ebola outbreak and subsequent spread to the United States. Hospitals across the country had to quickly prepare and train to respond to any patient who might arrive at their doorstep with Ebola, a disease most had never seen or treated. This presentation will focus on the work necessary to become an Assessment Hospital in the CDC and State Health Department's Highly Infectious Disease Treatment Network. These hospitals train and prepare to care for patients up to 96 hours until a diagnosis is confirmed. We will review the plans, training and ongoing communication necessary to ensure our team readiness at any time.Presentation #2: Sharp Injury Reduction Guide: Innovative Strategies for SuccessMary Jo Bellush and Megan KapolkaIdentification, prevention and management of needle stick injuries are controlled through education, safety awareness and continuous improvement. Sustainability of the program must include executive level buy in. All needle stick injuries require the manager to complete a problem sheet and meet with senior leadership. This process will ensure that standard work was followed, the root cause of the exposure was determined, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle was complete. The PDCA cycle identified staff knowledge gaps and led to targeted, department specific education particularly in surgical areas. Physicians were not aware of retractable safety devices and the standard work to use them. Physicians reported "breaking off" the safety needle cover due to an obstructed view of the surgical site. Under-utilization of neutral zones and the lack of safe hand to hand passing was also discovered. All physicians and ancillary medical staff were mandated to complete hands on education with safety devices and provided the opportunity to choose safety needle and syringe gauge and size to best suit their needs.Marketing campaigns can be used as a tool for effective communication to staff. The Marketing Department teamed with Safety and Occupational Health to develop innovative, eye catching campaigns to spark staff interest.Previous practice was reporting after the fact (lagging indicators) vs. programs to prevent sharp injuries (leading indicators). Ultimately all of these methods play a key role in sharp injury reduction.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngSterile Processing DepartmentWB-171026500.000.00WEBINARSLearn 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.Learning Objectives:Understand the steps needed to process re-usable instruments used in sterile proceduresIdentify key updates to AAMI ST79:2017 that are important for Infection PreventionFeel prepared to complete a comprehensive assessment of a sterile processing department.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngReduction of Surgical Site Complications and Skin BreakdownWB-171025500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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.Learning Objectives:At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to describe the stages of wound healing.Identify elements of wound care, dressings, patient education and how they affect surgical site infection risks.Understand how patient co-morbidities can affect wound healing and must be addressed to prevent surgical site infections.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngSafe Injection PracticeWB-170808500.000.00WEBINARSThis webinar will provide an overview of evidence based injection practices designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infection for patients.Learning Objectives:Describe the key elements of an injection safety planList the components that must be taught to frontline staffIdentify the role of the infection preventionist in injection safety.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngEnvironmental Cleaning Disinfecting in Longterm Care Part IIWB-170530500.000.00WEBINARSKeeping 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.Learning Objectives:Approach environmental cleaning and disinfecting program through collaborative (interdisciplinary) teamsUnderstand how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) toolkit can help a facility develop and maintain an environmental cleaning and disinfecting programUse the QAPI Performance Improvement Project (PIP) model to improve a facility's environmental cleaning and disinfecting programFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngCleaning and Disinfection in the Long-term Care SettingWB-170329500.000.00WEBINARSIn 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.Learning Objectives:Describe how the healthcare environment can become a reservoir for organisms that cause infectionsDifferentiate between cleaning and disinfectingUnderstand chemical contact timeApply strategies for an interdisciplinary team approach to cleaning and disinfecting the LTC environmentFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2016 Heroes of APIC: FirstWB-170216500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Integration enables dramatic infection reductionThe skills required for infection prevention and safe delivery of care are not simple. One of the roles of the infection preventionists is to help colleagues change processes and change behavior, but many of us struggle with effectively coaching frontline healthcare workers to improve performance. Infection Prevention leaders are also challenged to train and mentor early career infection preventionists. This session will share strategies for providing effective feedback to others to improve performance.Presentation #2: Reducing CAUTI through championing a patient safety cultureThe presentation will highlight the journey that Tampa General Hospital is on to reach zero CAUTI across the facility. While there will be mention of many technical interventions, each was done with the intent of making a lasting cultural impact to sustain the interventions as highlighted in the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality Toolkit for Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Hospital Units: Implementation Guide. The target audience is any person involved with infection prevention, patient safety, or quality initiatives.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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngInfection prevention in the OR: 3 interventionsWB-170118500.000.00WEBINARSAlthough 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.Learning Objectives:Describe the clinical and economic impact of SSIs on patients and health care facilitiesProvide an outline of the evidence-based methodology currently employed by the CDC and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) for developing guidelinesGive a brief overview of infection prevention measures in the surgical suite: surgical attire, traffic control, instrument sterilization, disinfection of the environment, monitoring of the air-handling systemUnderstand the evidence related to and protocols for 4 process-improvement measuresThis program is made possible by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2015 Heroes of APICWB-161207500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation #1: Teamwork in Healthcare And HOW to Make ChangesHealthcare takes a village and improving and making changes also requires trust, thought and dedication. These concepts are what continues to fuel Sarah in trying to improve in both life and career. In this presentation, learn how to re-think, change and improve what isn't working as a group, value co-workers and work to make changes after research, staff input and movement as a team.Presentation #2: Improving Infection Prevention Through a Collaborative ApproachDuring the webinar, Shannon will share her experience as an Infection Preventionist (IP) and how she transitioned into her primary role from an IP in a small community hospital to a clinical quality improvement manager in a state hospital association, working to support over 70 different hospitals throughout the state. Shannon will highlight how in this role, she works closely with many different organizations to ensure that the principles of infection prevention are addressed through education, advocacy, and patient safety activities and efforts. To implement infection prevention collaboration at state level, there are many different strategies to use to engage stakeholders. These stakeholders include hospital leadership, front line clinicians, IPs, quality improvement professionals and patients and their families. Using the APIC IP competency model as a framework, she will discuss how an IP can adapt the core competencies and skills to develop strategies to engage those individuals and organizations in infection prevention work and implement evidence-based best practices on a large scale. Finally, she will share some possible solutions to challenges that can arise when implementing large scale infection prevention collaboratives including partnering across the continuum of care, using data to drive action, sharing innovative ideas, and telling the stories of those that are effected by our efforts.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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngOutbreaks on Behavioral Health UnitsWB-161109500.000.00WEBINARSPatients 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.Learning Objectives:Identify one reason why an outbreak may go undetected in a behavioral health setting State two evidenced based best practices to prevent outbreaks. Describe one intervention to halt an outbreak.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPreventing Surgical Site Infections Part IIWB-161020500.000.00WEBINARSBack by popular demand! This webinar is a continuation of our September 21 webinar."Tell me something new! Where are pathogen hangouts that have managed to stay relatively hidden? We take every precaution; yet some just seem to get infected. We're still below national average."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.Because the patient's ability to fight infection can be drastically reduced during the immediate perioperative period, it is extremely important to understand and prevent inadvertent nosocomial immune interference as well. Addressing contamination without supporting the surgical site immune competence is like heating the house during a blizzard while leaving the front door open! Although attendees will know many points covered in this course, the intent is to provide many "ah ha!" moments, shedding light on additional ways to prevent SSIs and associated post-surgical complications. Case studies, outbreak investigations, studies, and new CDC information will be utilized to support evidence-based recommendations for both acute and ambulatory surgery centers.The challenge: To the infected patient, "we are still below the national SSI average", is not OK.Learning Objectives:List pathogen hideouts that can provide surgical site infections.Identify preventative measures for reducing these potential sources of infection.Describe several perioperative practices that reduce the patient's ability to fight infection. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this topic, graphic images will be used in the presentation. False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPreventing Surgical Site Infections Part IWB-160921500.000.00WEBINARS"Tell me something new! Where are pathogen hangouts that have managed to stay relatively hidden? We take every precaution; yet some just seem to get infected. We're still below national average."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.Because the patient's ability to fight infection can be drastically reduced during the immediate perioperative period, it is extremely important to understand and prevent inadvertent nosocomial immune interference as well. Addressing contamination without supporting the surgical site immune competence is like heating the house during a blizzard while leaving the front door open! Although attendees will know many points covered in this course, the intent is to provide many "ah ha!" moments, shedding light on additional ways to prevent SSIs and associated post-surgical complications. Case studies, outbreak investigations, studies, and new CDC information will be utilized to support evidence-based recommendations for both acute and ambulatory surgery centers.The challenge: To the infected patient, "we are still below the national SSI average", is not OK.Learning Objectives:List pathogen hideouts that can provide surgical site infections.Identify preventative measures for reducing these potential sources of infection.Describe several perioperative practices that reduce the patient's ability to fight infection. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this topic, graphic images will be used in the presentation. False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngWhat You Need to Know About the TAP ReportWB-160316500.000.00WEBINARSIn 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.Learning Objectives:Overview of the metrics used in the TAP ReportReview the steps for running Facility TAP ReportsExplain how to interpret the data represented in TAP Reports Demonstration: Generating TAP ReportsFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngEnvironmental Cleaning Roles & ResponsibilitiesWB-160224500.000.00WEBINARSWho 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.Learning Objectives:Define the roles and responsibilities of environmental cleaning.Describe how roles and responsibilities for cleaning the patient and work environment are assigned.Create a process that will ensure consistent standards for environmental cleaning.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngConstruction and Renovation in Healthcare FacilitiesWB-160120500.000.00WEBINARSHealthcare 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.Learning Objectives:Learn the importance of infection prevention and control involvement in all phases of construction projects and strategies for inclusion into project planning meetings.Become familiar with materials, finishes and equipment that may be incorporated in construction projects. Raise an awareness of areas associated with construction and renovation in which infection prevention and control knowledge deficits often exist.Understand regulatory requirements associated with construction as they relate to infection prevention and control.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.png2014 APIC HeroesWB-151209500.000.00WEBINARSPresentation 1#: "Plastic" Rounds: A Nurse-Centric Approach to Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)Plastic Rounds is an innovative, nurse-led program that was created to help reduce infections associated with central lines and urinary catheters. Starting with nurses, the program provided education about proper use of central lines and urinary catheters, promoted critical thinking about the necessity of devices for each patient, and encouraged discussion with physicians when necessity was questioned. One key aspect to the program's success was the use of a Nursing best practice to achieve an Infection Prevention best practice. The program utilized a multi-disciplinary team representing infection prevention, nursing, educators, physicians, lean performance, database analysis, and the Quality Nurse Council , with executive sponsorship.Presentation 2#: Antimicrobial Stewardship: Defining the Role of the Infection Preventionist Inter-Professional CollaborationIn response to increasing rates of multidrug resistant organism (MDRO) infections at St. Joseph, Stephens worked with the ASP, Department of Infection Control, and Environmental Services (EVS) to develop institutional guidelines targeted at reducing carbapenem resistance and preventing environmental cross-contamination. This initiative included a three-tiered Patient Care Cleaning (PCC) program for all patient-care areas: direct, monthly observation of cleaning procedures; fluorescent markers applied to high-touch patient surface areas prior to terminal cleaning; and finally, patient-care service and equipment monitoring with ATP Bioluminescence. Monitoring was followed by education to all front-line EVS providers and management team members. In the four years following PCC implementation, the total number of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections at St. Joseph Hospital decreased from 274 to 176 and the carbapenem susceptibility rate among patients with the microbe increased from 78 to 94 percent. Reduction in the total number of carbapenem-resistant infections resulted in approximately $1.1 million in total cost avoidance in 2013.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngThe challenges of disinfecting porous and nonporous surfacesWB-151119500.000.00WEBINARSDespite 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.Learning Objectives:Understand pathogen movement and persistence in healthcare environments Develop improved cleaning protocols for mixed textile environments Identify surfaces of increased concern for pathogen survival and transmission False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngHand Hygiene in a behavioral health settingWB-150520500.000.00WEBINARSReview 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.Learning Objectives:Describe at least 3 steps that can be taken to increase staff hand hygiene compliance in the behavioral health setting.Identify two risk factors in the behavioral health population resulting in increased risk of transmission of significant organisms. Verbalize required elements in effective Just-In-Time training.List 3 differences in the safety needs of the behavioral health patient.Describe the use of Infection Prevention Risk Assessment in mitigation of potential risk.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngUV Light in a Long-Term Care SettingWB-150413500.000.00WEBINARSLong-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.This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare. Clorox Healthcare is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with Clorox on this educational opportunity.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngDispelling myths about skin antiseptic sterilityWB-150407500.000.00WEBINARSLearning Objectives: 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. This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from CareFusion. CareFusion is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with CareFusion on this educational opportunity. False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngRespiratory Viruses in HealthcareWB-150319500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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.Learning Objectives:Develop an awareness of the seasonal trends of several respiratory virusesDescribe the significance of a robust staff sick policy in RV preventionList two prevention strategies that are critical to fostering a culture of RV prevention in a healthcare settingDescribe the difference in RV prevention strategies in an inpatient versus outpatient environment.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngData Visualization and Infection PreventionWB-150225500.000.00WEBINARSStatistical 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.Learning Objectives:Design statistical graphics appropriate to infection prevention.Identify and investigate patterns using statistical graphics.Describe use of statistical graphics to support interventions and reports. False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngIP Consultants and Directors for Multi-Hospital SystemsWB-150129500.000.00WEBINARSA 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.Learning Objectives:Describe three functions of the role of a corporate Infection Preventionist in a multi-hospital systemDevelop algorithms for the identification and classification of HAIs (CLABSI, CAUTI, SSI, VAE,MDRO, C difficile)Describe the structure to a Unit Based Champion program at the local facility level.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngDisinfection and Sterilization: Best PracticesWB-141112500.000.00WEBINARSEach 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.Learning Objectives:Discuss a rational approach to disinfection and sterilization and a rec=view of guidelinesIdentify best practices for low level disinfection, high-level disinfetion and sterilizationIdentify at least two unresolved issues/controversies related to disinfection and sterilizationThis program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare. Clorox Healthcare is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with Clorox on this educational opportunity.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPPE Donning and DoffingWB-141031500.000.00WEBINARSJoin 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngHuman Factors Engineering 101WB-140723500.000.00WEBINARSHuman 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". Learning Objectives:Define what human factors engineering is and is not.Summarize what a system is, and what are the implications for its design.Be familiar with the personal and organizational factors that affect infection prevention.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngInfection Prevention is a Team SportWB-140521500.000.00WEBINARSInfection 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. In order to build a highly functional team, the speaker will discuss the IP's role using the following principles:Safety in NumbersDescribe systems-level thinking and the organizational teamReview attributes of high reliability organizationsIntroduce human factors and decision-making Interventions to Strengthen Systems and TeamsIdentify error prevention methods that enhance multidisciplinary communicationEmploy the use of huddles to communicate risk points and opportunities for process changesDescribe indicators used to assess preferences and behavioral strengths to optimize team performanceCreate a culture of respect by recognizing the human capital--people--as a central tenet of organizational success Infection Prevention and Control's professional responsibilities will continue to evolve.Building highly efficient teams and collaborating with a variety of disciplines to develop "the people product" will ensure a system design that is reliable, supports infection prevention strategies and mitigates patient harm.Learning Objectives:Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how to engage interdisciplinary teams to lead infection prevention initiatives and ensure organizational success.Upon completion, participants will be able to describe utility of behavioral and personality indicators in optimizing team strengths.Upon completion, participants will be able to identify and evaluate human factors concepts and how these impact infection prevention strategies.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngEstablishing a Working Relationship with AnesthesiologyWB-140430500.000.00WEBINARSTraditionally, 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.Learning Objectives:Utilize ideas offered to increase focused education to anesthesia personnelUse the anesthesia section of the OR observation tool presented as a templateBuild the basis of a working relationship with anesthesia providers in their institutionFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngGlobal Hand HygieneWB-131022500.000.00WEBINARSKicking off the 2013 International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, APIC is proud offer a webinar on the World Health Organization's First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care. IIPW provides a focal point for healthcare professionals, consumers, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives in both developed and developing countries around the world. 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. Target audience: ID specialists, infection control professionals, hospital epidemiologists, public health professionals, hospital administratorsLearning Objectives:Discuss the importance of infection prevention and the key role of hand hygiene in both developed and developing countriesEmphasize the feasibility of the WHO multimodal implementation strategy for hand hygiene promotion across all settings and culturesHighlight barriers to infection control and how to overcome the barriersEncourage the inclusion of patient participation in multimodal hand hygiene promotion strategiesFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngOvercome infection control challenges in LTCWB-130918500.000.00WEBINARSDo 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).Get expert insight and answers to your questions on the challenges that IPs face in LTC facilities in this lively interactive discussion as we open the chat panels on September 11th.Learning Objectives:Describe three common challenges associated with implementing infection control programs in LTCIdentify resources that can provide support for IPs in LTCDescribe at least one strategy to overcome common infection control challenges in LTCFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngGlobal perspective on Clostridium difficileWB-130731500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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).Learning Objectives:Describe the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile in the WorldDescribe the preventive measures for Clostridium difficile in the NetherlandsIdentify the risks for healthcare associated infections in case of neglecting bedpan managementAwareness rising of the ISO standard 15883 for Washer-DisinfectorsFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngDeveloping IP LeadersWB-130626500.000.00WEBINARSToday'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.Learning Objectives:Identify leadership skills that are needed by the infection preventionist at each stage of an expanding scope of practicePerform a self-assessment of leadership skills to understand personal strengths and areas of weaknessIdentify and access appropriate leadership training resources to help develop their skills as a leaderFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngResearch and Practice in Long Term CareWB-130515500.000.00WEBINARSInconsistencies 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngCarbapenem-resistant EnterobacteriaceaeWB-130501500.000.00WEBINARSThe 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 StatesDiscuss the impact of CRE in healthcare settingsIdentify measures to prevent the transmission of CRE in healthcare settingsDescribe how state-level CRE surveillance is useful to infection preventionists.Describe challenges that might occur with CRE prevention efforts and steps to overcome themDescribe the importance of collaboration between health departments, infection preventionists and other partners to prevent CRE transmissionFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngComplying with ASHRAE Standard 188 in Healthcare FacilitiesWB-130417500.000.00WEBINARSDegrading 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 SystemsEvaluate 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngInfection Prevention in AnesthesiaWB-130101500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngChallenges in the Long Term Acute Care environmentWB-121205500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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 hospitalVerbalize at least two of the challenges an IP faces when working in the LTAC environment that the STAC counterpart does not face, andDescribe the regulatory requirements the IP in an LTAC faces in light of the upcoming CMS mandatory reporting requirements.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngManaging Isolation & Screening for MRSA & VREWB-121114500.000.00WEBINARSImplementing 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 assessmentDiscuss the use of MDRO screening in BHIdentify the steps necessary to implement isolation protocols in the BH settingList the priority areas in a comprehensive MDRO management programFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngWhat IPs need to know about the laboratoryWB-120823500.000.00WEBINARSObjectives:Describe common laboratory tests and techniques relevant to infection prevention practiceIdentify current channels of communication between the IP and the laboratory and lists ways to improve collaboration between the two departmentsSummarize important laboratory topics to disseminate to other departmentsThis resource is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche, a Strategic Partner.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngPractical Tips for Understanding ResearchWB-120524500.000.00WEBINARSUsing 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 studyExplain common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when reading studiesDescribe the basic statistics used in research and how to interpret them 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngDisinfection of Noncritical Surfaces and EquipmentWB-120430500.000.00WEBINARSDescribe best practices for environmental cleaning and assessment of the adequacy of room disinfection practices to minimize transmission of HAIs.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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngHealthcare Environment: Critical CompetenciesWB-120322500.000.00WEBINARSThe 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). Objectives: Introduce application of infection prevention competencies for all healthcare personnel instrumental in addressing the role of the environment in the transmission of organismsApply knowledge using case scenarios that demonstrate the importance and value of an approach that can be universally applied Demonstrate the critical nature of transprofessional and interdisciplinary teams in order to address the complex issues involved in environmental infection prevention and control.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. 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngTransmission of emerging healthcare-associated pathogensWB-120228500.000.00WEBINARSThe 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.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngFrequency of Outbreak Investigations in US HospitalsWB-120222500.000.00WEBINARSProgram 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.Learning Objectives:Describe the most common triggers for outbreak investigations in US hospitalsList the four most common organisms involved in outbreak investigations in US hospitalsIdentify the patient populations most frequently effected by outbreaks of norovirusIdentify the organisms most commonly leading to unit closures in outbreaksFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngManaging MDRO in Long-Term CareWB-110824500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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.Learning objectives• List two MDRO of epidemiologic significance in long term care • State one intervention to prevent transmission of MDRO• Find two key reference or guidelines on the management of residents with MDROFalse 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngComprehensive HAI PreventionWB-110406500.000.00WEBINARSThe 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.Learning Objectives:1. Identify key partnerships that should be in place to assure the safest environment for patients and healthcare workers2. Describe successful practices that staff can implement to identify sources and prevent transmitting resistant bacteria including KPC, MRSA, VRE, C. difficile.3. Describe mechanisms used to assure sustained success and ownership by frontline staff.False 
https://apic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Webinar-Announcement-1.pngInfection Prevention in the Long-term Acute Care SettingWB-100901500.000.00WEBINARSThis 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.Learning objectives• Describe the patient population in the long-term acute care setting. • Identify the barriers to an effective infection prevention program in this setting. • Discuss prevention measures that can be applied to this setting.False 
 Redefining This Moment: Bouncing-Back From Where You Are toRECHRGE101920500.000.00WEBINARSThe webinar from Acheloa Wellness will leverage the prior tools offered in Sessions 1-3, but provide additional unique techniques and mindset prompts to inspire resilience. This will help you take back the reins of this moment. Together we’ll explore ideas and exercises that will have you thinking differently as you cultivate and actualize an action plan forward. As a result of participating, you will walk away feeling motivated to shift your life in a way that brings more health, joy, and meaning.False 
 Dip Into Bliss meditation with Donna D'CruzRECHRGE101220500.000.00WEBINARSA beginners journey to Stillness, Peace and Happiness. Join Donna D’Cruz in this powerful session to help reduce stress and anxiety during this time.False 
 Move Your Body with APICRECHRGE100520500.000.00WEBINARSFeeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious? Fortunately, there is yoga, which is proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. The best part? You don’t need any prior experience to benefit from the practice. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. You will benefit from learning how to slow down your practice and really get into the breath work and healing aspects of yoga. False 
 Lessons from the FrontlineRECHRGE092820500.000.00WEBINARSNo one understands what IPs are going through better than other IPs. Join this panel of APIC members who will share their successes, their challenges, and their tips for helping themselves and their teams navigate this new normal. You are not in this alone. We want to ensure you continue to learn from and share your stories with one another. After the panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to break into small groups to discuss takeaways with other APIC members.False