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Jun 1, 2016

It’s Time for APIC 2016!

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It’s Time for APIC 2016!

It’s Time for APIC 2016! And it’s time to get inspired – the APIC 43rd Annual Conference is almost here! From June 11-13, the infection prevention community – some 5,000 strong – will gather in beautiful, historic Charlotte, North Carolina to share and take in the latest breakthroughs and best practices from around the world. This three-day event is filled with opportunities to listen, learn and recharge with some of the industry’s most innovative thought leaders on infection prevention and control. We’ll be there, and we wanted you to know about some of the highlights:

What to see at APIC 2016 Conference

Disinfection and Sterilization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Start this conference right with this plenary session featuring Dr. William Rutala, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Rutala presents a “good” classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the “bad” noncompliance, with guidelines for reprocessing medical/ surgical devices; and the “ugly” endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients. Don’t miss it!

Integrating Infection Prevention Control Programs into the Ambulatory Care Setting: An Evolving Model 

Get a quick dose of ambulatory care expertise in this 30-minute session with Faith Skeete of NYU Medical Center and Natalie Fucito of NYU Langone.


Hear the latest on a procedure that presents formidable challenges in infection control, presented by Maroya Walters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

International Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Resource-Limited Settings

Here is a rare chance to attend a workshop on a globally vital topic, hosted by experts from the Liberian and Kenyan Ministries of Health as well as the Infection Control Africa Network and the US CDC.

Best Practices for High-Level Disinfection and Reprocessing Programs at Large Academic Health Institutions

Take the Emerging Science, Research, and Application track – this Concurrent Education session features the very latest information from experts from the Medical Center, Medical School and Health Department at the University of Minnesota.

Infection Prevention and Surveillance in Primary Care 

Explore the latest with officials from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

What to see in 3M Medical booth 1503

This year we are focusing on two topics that we get a considerable amount of questions on:

Endoscope reprocessing

Cleaning endoscopes is critical because residual organic material can inactivate disinfectants, allowing potentially deadly bacteria to remain on the surfaces. Facilities that achieve the highest standard of care proactively monitor manual cleaning protocols for flexible endoscopes. Read how routine endoscope cleaning monitoring can contribute to a higher standard of care.

Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

Patient safety is a primary concern for the perioperative team. A lot of attention is focused on skin preps and ways to reduce the patient’s bacterial load. One method is to use a nasal antiseptic before surgery. Before the conference, read a summary of clinical evidence about the efficacy of nasal antiseptics.

These are just a few examples of what’s inspiring us at this year’s APIC conference. We look forward to seeing you!

Jun 17, 2015

APIC 2015 What to See

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APIC Annual Conference 2015 Nashville, Tennessee

This year, the APIC 42nd Annual Conference will be held in the Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. Infection prevention leaders from across the U.S. and delegates from around the world will meet to discuss some of the new research and best practices. This three-day event (June 27-29) gives professionals the opportunity to learn, explore, and network. I want to share some things on my list that look to be thought-provoking:

APIC 2015 Conference Sessions

Disinfection Sterilization Track

This pre-conference workshop consists of lectures and discussions about the most recent breakthroughs in cleaning and disinfecting non-critical environmental surfaces. Also, reprocessing critical and semi critical medical devices will be addressed.

Topics Include

  • Present issues related to disinfection, antisepsis and sterilization in a healthcare setting
  • Innovative technologies and products for use in disinfecting, sterilizing and reprocessing
  • Unique issues and solutions linked with reprocessing medical devices, including endoscopes and surgical instruments
  • The most recent technologies for cleaning, disinfecting and decontaminating a room in order to reduce the possibility of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
  • Determine the role surfaces play in the transmission of viruses and epidemiologically important pathogens

Partnering to Mitigate Infection Prevention Risks at Ambulatory Care Sites

This session examines various methods for creating programs to alleviate infection prevention risks in various ambulatory care settings. It will also examine which tools are best for assessing, tracing and reporting on an ambulatory site’s adherence to regulations.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine Infection Prevention vulnerabilities in various ambulatory care settings by utilizing a risk assessment tool
  • Collect resources and assemble a team of individuals to work together in alleviating identified risks at ambulatory care sites
  • Construct a tracer tool using the ambulatory care site risk assessment
  • Using the tracer tool to assess improvements and any continuing risks that can be summarized and then shared with stakeholders

A Decade of Investment in Infection Prevention: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

This candid discussion addresses Infection Prevention resources. It also discusses how these resources relate to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Exploration of the current study will highlight its strengths and weaknesses. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between HAI prevention and Infection Prevention resourcing
  • Explain the challenges associated with Infection Prevention resourcing
  • Objectively evaluate their Infection Prevention programs for resource needs

What Do Infection Preventionists Want to Know? A Review of Queries from IP Talk and APIC.org

This presentation reviews topics and posts from IP Talk and searches of www.apic.org

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common topics using the data collected from APIC members who utilize apic.org searches and IP talk
  • Address how this data reveals the priorities of APIC and its research committee
  • Use this information to create chapter-specific and facility research ideas

Finally – Visit 3M Infection Prevention Solutions Booth 1100!

In the 3M Infection Prevention Solutions booth 1100, we are highlighting a variety of our products. Here, you can try 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic, some of the 3M™ Avagard™ Hand Hygiene products, and learn more about the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Management System. We want to share some clinical research and have you experience our products.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!