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Healthcare Hygiene magazine and Keystone Media Inc. invite you to explore our free continuing education opportunities for nurses.

This webinar offers 1 contact hour of continuing education for nurses.  (Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine - CEP 17500 - is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses). To earn your contact hour(s), you must watch the entire webinar; once you meet the minimum viewing duration, you will be sent a link to complete the CE process; due to volume of participants, please allow up to one full day from the time you complete the webcast to receive this link from HHM and our education partner, Terri Goodman & Associates.

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Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Introspective Approach to Advancing Infection Prevention and Control

This webinar program will review the top infection control findings and observations learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the entire healthcare continuum of care. Every healthcare provider plays a pivotal role in pandemic responses, and as such the need to hardwire basic infection control practices is more evident now than ever before. This webinar will also review interprofessional collaboration tools to assist the infection preventionist and healthcare leader in building sustainable infection control practices to ensure continuous pandemic readiness.

Learning objectives:
1. Review the top 10 infection control observations related to the COVID-19 pandemic
2. Discuss an evidence-based pathway forward to ensure sustainable infection prevention and control and continuous pandemic readiness
3. Review the need for interprofessional collaboration across the healthcare continuum of care to mitigate impacts of future outbreaks and pandemics globally

The speaker is:

J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, MBA, FNP, IP-BC, PLNC, CFER, AS-BC, VA-BC, MSL-BC, CPPS, CPHQ, NREMT, FACDONA, FAAPM, FNAP

J. Hudson Garrett Jr., is the president and CEO of Community Health Associates, LLC. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, as well as a member of the faculty for Center for Education and Training in Infection Prevention (CETIP) housed in the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also co-founded the nonprofit the Infection Prevention Institute to help disseminate infection prevention best practices across the healthcare continuum globally. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control from the University of South Florida. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. In 2019, he was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner in the National Academies of Practices. He holds graduate certificates in healthcare leadership from both Cornell and the University of Notre Dame. He is also an executive director and certified facilitator, speaker, and mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Garrett is training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. He is an appointed member of the advisory committee for the Design Thinking in Healthcare Program at Rutgers University. He is a frequent international lecturer in the areas of infectious diseases, healthcare associated infections, outbreak response and prevention and infection prevention and control. He holds certifications in patient safety, healthcare quality, vascular access, antibiotic stewardship, prehospital emergency medical services, flexible endoscope reprocessing, critical care, and infection prevention and control in post-acute care settings. He has served on international and national organizational boards in the areas of environmental services, dental infection control, infection control, acute care infection control, post-acute care infection control, and vascular access. He has served on expert panels related to disinfection and sterilization with the FDA, CDC, and EPA, most notably serving on the FDA’s Panel and Working Group for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing. He also has served on the board of directors for the Greater Atlanta APIC chapter for since 2005. Garrett has lectured in more than 25 countries and given testimony to government and regulatory agencies on a variety of topics related to infection prevention and control. He was also just selected as a 2021 Fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which selects just under 20 healthcare leaders from around the world annually to participate in this 13-month fellowship.

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This webinar will offer 1.5 contact hours of continuing education for nurses.  (Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine - CEP 17500 - is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses). To earn your contact hour(s), you must watch the entire webinar; once you meet the minimum viewing duration, you will be sent a link to complete the CE process; due to volume of participants, please allow up to one full day from the time you complete the webcast to receive this link from HHM and our education partner, Terri Goodman & Associates.

 

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A Team Approach to Patient Safety: We All Play a Role

This webinar explores the importance of all healthcare stakeholders stepping outside of their silos and working together to keep patients safe, especially relating to the risks posed by medical equipment, devices and instruments. Presenters will help participants manage through the risks and identify strategies for optimal patient outcomes.

Learning objectives:
1. Review the healthcare-related hazards that jeopardize patient safety and outline risk-management strategies to address them.
2. Describe a team-based approach to decision-making for medical device and equipment/instrument purchases and installation.
3. Examine the pre-purchase decisions related to medical devices and equipment, including equipment arrival, installation, and usage, as well as problem-solving.
4. Explore the processing of medical devices and identify potential adverse events.
5. Explain how to review processes when things go wrong, and develop appropriate solutions.

The presenters are:

Damien S. Berg, BA, BS, CRCST
Regional Manager, Sterile Processing, UCHealth (Colorado)
Damien has 27 years of experience serving in various healthcare environments as an emergency medical technician, combat medic, surgical technician and sterile processing technician/manager. He provides ISO-related sterile processing expertise to organizations across the U.S. and is an international speaker. Damien has written several articles related to sterile processing team leadership.

Alison Sonstelie, BS, CHL, CRCST
Sterile Processing Coordinator, Sanford Health (Fargo, North Dakota)
Alison has held various positions throughout her career in supply chain and sterile processing. Her firm, NoCoast Consulting, provides education, audit and sterile processing/supply chain consulting services. She is a member of the AAMI Standards Group on ST:79 (Steam Sterilization Practices) and a recipient of Healthcare Purchasing News CS/SPD Department of the Year.

David Jagrosse, CRCST, CHL
President, David Jagrosse Consulting, LLC
David has 30 years of experience in CSS and SP departments as a technician, supervisor and manager. His consulting firm offers educational presentations and consulting services as well as AAMI-based audits for CSS and OR groups in the U.S. and around the world. David is a frequent worldwide speaker regarding issues related to CSS and SPD.

 

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The Role of the Nose in Staphylococcus aureus Infections: Can We Mitigate the Risk?

This webinar offers 1 contact hour of continuing education for nurses.  (Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine - CEP 17500 - is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses). To earn your contact hour(s), you must watch the entire webinar; once you meet the minimum viewing duration, you will be sent a link to complete the CE process; due to volume of participants, please allow up to one full day from the time you complete the webcast to receive this link from our education partner, Terri Goodman & Associates.

This webinar will describe the benefits of nasal decolonization for the prevention of Staphylococcus aureus infections and review the emerging data supporting comprehensive MRSA/MSSA colonization risk mitigation programs.

Presenter:

Since retiring as the national infection prevention director for Kaiser Permanente in 2016, Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC, now serves as an advisor and consultant for industry partners and professional organizations including APIC, AORN and IDSA. She is board-certified in infection control and prevention and was granted the designation of Fellow of APIC in 2015. She has worked in the field of infection prevention since 1989. She has participated in the development of APIC guides and served as a speaker for organizations including AORN and APIC. In addition, Barnes has been published in journals including AORN Journal, American Journal of Infection Control, the Joint Commission Source for Compliance Strategies and The Permanente Journal.  She served on the national APIC board of directors from 2010 to 2012, and the San Francisco APIC chapter board of directors from 2007 to 2017.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of the nares in infections caused by S. aureus.
  2. Identify three limitations of screen and treat S. aureus /MRSA risk mitigation programs (targeted decolonization).
  3. Review the emerging data supporting comprehensive MRSA/MSSA colonization risk mitigation programs

 

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Infection Prevention in Vascular Access Webinar Series

This webinar series examining imperatives related to vascular access within an infection prevention context offers 3 contact hours of continuing education for nurses.  (Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine - CEP 17500 - is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses). To earn your contact hour(s), you must watch the entire webinar; once you meet the minimum viewing duration, you will be sent a link to complete the CE process; due to volume of participants, please allow up to one full day from the time you complete the webcast to receive this link from our education partner, Terri Goodman & Associates.

This webinar offers 1 contact hour of continuing education for nurses.  (Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine - CEP 17500 - is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses). To earn your contact hour(s), you must watch the entire webinar; once you meet the minimum viewing duration, you will be sent a link to complete the CE process; due to volume of participants, please allow up to one full day from the time you complete the webcast to receive this link from HHM and our education partner, Terri Goodman & Associates.

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Advances in Vascular Access Technologies: Potential Benefits and Necessary Precautions to Ensure Patient Safety

This webinar describes how advances in technology, including ultrasound imaging and near-infrared vein finders, can improve the ability to gain peripheral vascular access. The discussion will also include the recommended cleaning and disinfection processes needed for devices used to guide vascular access and issues to consider when selecting and using these technologies.

At the completion of this presentation the participant should be able to:

  1. Review technologies that are used to improve vascular access procedures.
  2. Describe how imaging technologies can improve vascular access procedures.
  3. Describe the importance of cleaning devices that are used to guide vascular access procedures.
  4. Describe the disinfection requirements for devices used to guide vascular access procedures.

 

Presenters:

Jim Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CIC, HEM, FAPIC

Senior Infection Prevention Analyst, ECRI 

Jim Davis has more than 25 years of nursing experience spanning long-term care, adult critical care, clinical decision support, education, nurse management, and infection prevention. He is board-certified in infection control and epidemiology (CIC), is a certified healthcare environmental manager (HEM), and holds national certification in adult critical care nursing (CCRN-K). He is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC), is an APIC fellow (FAPIC) and has served as president of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter, and is a past chair of APIC’s national research committee.

 

Dan Merton, BS, RDMS, FAIUM, FSDMS

Diagnostic Ultrasound Specialist and Principal Project Officer, ECRI

Dan Merton has more than 35 years of experience in diagnostic medical sonography and medical ultrasound technology including 28 years in academic medical ultrasound research. He has served on numerous boards and committees for ultrasound-related societies and organizations including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Merton has extensive experience in developing, refining and utilizing new and advanced ultrasound technologies and expanded applications of the modality that are now routinely utilized in clinical practice globally.  Merton’s primary responsibilities at ECRI include evaluating and testing ultrasound technologies, providing consultation support to ECRI member facilities on purchase selection and appropriate use of medical equipment, and investigating device-related problems that are reported to ECRI. His responsibilities also include performing technology assessment, acquisition, strategic planning, and quality assurance assessment for medical devices on behalf of ECRI clients.

 

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Improving the Quality and Patient Safety of Peripheral Intravenous Catheter (PIVC) Insertions Using Evidence-Based Data

This webinar explains how to use the evidence to ensure better patient outcomes when inserting peripheral intravenous catheters, through a case-study approach.

Meet the Presenter:  Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, has worked as a registered nurse for 23 years and has worked as the unit leader for IV therapy services at Hartford Hospital for the last 15 years.  He has been a member of his healthcare institution's HAI committee since 2007, and also serves as co-chair of the hospital’s clinical quality value analysis committee. He has addressed the topics of LEAN IV therapy, CLABSI prevention, and CVAD occlusion management at local and national meetings of INS and AVA, as well as published papers on vascular access-related imperatives in medical journals.

Learning objectives:

1. Review how to achieve IV success through a lean process to improve patient satisfaction.

2. Discuss data collection to support a cultural change in the way IVs are approached.

3. Define a business case relating to the importance of improving IV therapy.

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Patient Safety and Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral IV Placement: The Need for Standardized Practices

Point-of-care ultrasound scanners are changing healthcare delivery in many specialties. Now in use in a wide variety of clinical environments, advanced ultrasound devices are being applied to guide many interventional procedures—including the placement of peripheral vascular access devices received by more than 70% of hospitalized patients. Within all hospital departments, however, clinical practice and the application of safety measures for the use of such ultrasound technologies have struggled to keep up. Slow adoption of guidelines and the publication of conflicting recommendations from a number of professional associations have allowed wide variations in clinical practice and differing approaches to protecting end-users and their patients. This webcast will examine how lack of standardization and consequent variations in clinical practice can impact the safety profile of institutions using ultrasound-guided protocols, and how performance improvement initiatives with standardized policies, processes, procedures, and education can help to create a culture of safety across the healthcare continuum.

 

Meet the Presenter: Nancy Moureau, RN, PhD, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC, is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access practice. A nurse for more than 30 years, Moureau is also the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, a consulting firm dedicated to providing training and competency assessment for invasive procedures. PICC Excellence has established the only PICC certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter, where those who meet qualifications gain and maintain the credentials of an expert CPUI.

 

This webinar will address the following imperatives:

Section 1: Application of Guidelines for UGPIV Placement

  • ECRI reports have raised concerns about clinical applications of point-of-care ultrasound, including lack of use when warranted, misdiagnoses, inappropriate use of the modality, and overreliance on the technology.
  • Patient safety can be jeopardized when ultrasound use protocols do not address key policies and procedures, including user training and credentialing, disinfection, exam documentation, and data archiving.
  • Achieving a culture of safety requires standardizing policies, processes, procedures, and education.
  • AIUM practice guideline (2013).
  • AVA ultrasound guidance position paper (2018).
  • AVA visualization technologies position paper (2019).
  • AVA ANTT guidance document (2019).
  • HICPAC guideline on disinfection and sterilization (rev. 2019).
  • ACEP guidance on ultrasound cleaning (2020).

Section 2: Survey Reveals Variations in UGPIV Practices

  • UGPIV survey background; covers both practices and use of supplies
  • Use of transducer/probe covers and types currently used with pros and cons
  • Inconsistent use of single-use gel packs
  • Inadequate gel removal and sequelae
  • Aseptic technique often compromised by variations in practice
  • Standardization of transducer/probe protection and gel usage across acute care departments is needed to ensure patient safety with this UGPIV procedure

Section 3: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Safety

  • The use of ultrasound for diagnostic and intervention purposes continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of patient care and presents unique challenges that require an interprofessional approach to ensure patient safety.
  • This growth requires constant review of standards, research, and governmental regulation that presents a unique challenge to the establishment of best practices in the absence of strong evidence.
  • Survey results confirm that variations in UGPIV practices affect a number of areas, including the handling of contamination sources, ultrasound probe protection, and gel use and cleanup.
  • AVA and other professional associations representing vascular access clinicians and infection preventionists are grappling with many of these issues.
  • A multidisciplinary approach is needed to ensure alignment with current standards, research, accreditation requirements, and regulations while at the same time identifying barriers to implementation and suggestions for pragmatic and incremental improvements.
  • Establishing specialist teams, experienced in ultrasound usage, can result in higher levels of success with optimal outcomes for patients.
  • Facilities should assess their existing ultrasound use and practices, with emphasis on ultrasound disinfection practices, use of sterile probe covers and sterile gel, and other core infection control recommendations.

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