Webinar

Taking a new approach to HAIs

Duration: 58 minutes | Available On Demand

Summary

The pandemic has caused a diversion of resources, increasing the risk of HAIs. During this time hospitals were challenged to rethink protocols to enhance the safety of patients and staff.

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Periods of disruption often lead to new and better solutions. For example, hospitals have adopted universal decolonization to reduce secondary bacterial infection risk during flu season, reduce personal protective equipment use as well as the risk of surgical site infections and central line-associated bloodstream infections. This webinar will discuss opportunities for improvement in infection prevention and share the impact of programs that embrace a nasal colonization risk mitigation strategy.

Agenda
  1. Periods of disruption often lead to new and better solutions
  2. The pandemic affords this opportunity
  3. Bacterial colonization risk mitigation can reduce HAIs during flu season and viral outbreaks
  4. Colonization risk mitigation programs can improve efficiency, reduce PPE use and mitigate infection risk during times of constrained resources

THE PRESENTERS
John Willimann
CEO & Co-founder, Nozin

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC
IP Clinical Consultant

Webinar

Understanding secondary bacterial infections associated with the pandemic and influenza

Duration: 59 minutes | Available On Demand

Summary

When new life-threatening challenges arise in our hospitals, we turn to face the threat and work to defeat it - such is the current case with pandemic related infections.

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Sometimes, the threat is broader than we initially recognize, increasing infection risk in areas previously under control. This webinar will investigate one important example that exists in the interplay between respiratory viral infection and bacterial secondary infections.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how secondary bacterial infections impact patients with respiratory viral infections such as influenza.
  2. Describe the interactions among influenza virus, the nasal microbiome and Staphylococcus aureus.
  3. Identify nasal and skin decolonization as a potential strategy to mitigate risk of MSSA and MRSA secondary infections associated with respiratory viral infections.
  4. List the benefits of universal, house-wide nasal and skin decolonization for hospital patients.

Please note this webinar replay is no longer eligible for CE credits.

About the Presenter

Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, worked at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) as the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program and infection prevention epidemiologist.

As the subject matter expert for MRSA, she revised the DPH guidelines for managing patients with MRSA in healthcare settings, presented numerous educational offerings to local public health officials and healthcare personnel across the state, and served on the Metastar (Wisconsin quality improvement organization) MRSA advisory committee. She launched a statewide public health initiative to reduce surgical site infections, using a surgical care champion to provide peer-to-peer learnings to surgeons and surgical teams in Wisconsin hospitals. She has been an infection preventionist for 22 years and obtained her certification in infection control in 2002. She received an APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Award and a Chapter Leadership award in 2010 and became an APIC Fellow in 2017.

THE PRESENTER
Gwen Borlaug
MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Webinar

How to Reduce Isolation Days

Duration: 58 minutes | Available On Demand

Summary

In March, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a call-to-action to preventStaphylococcus aureus infections.

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For several years methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection rates decreased consistently, but the decline slowed from 2013. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) rates have increased since 2012. This presentation discusses the reasons why improvement has stalled. It explores new protocols that allow facilities to directly address MSSA and to resume making progress in MRSA bloodstream infections reduction. These protocols can reduce screening and isolation 50% which has positive effects on patient care and satisfaction, staff “isolation fatigue” and facility operations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the role of the nares in MRSA/MSSA infections.
  2. Describe the risks that MRSA/MSSA nasal carriage represent.
  3. Identify three limitations of current MRSA risk mitigation programs.
  4. Explore the benefits of universal decolonization compared to screen and isolate and targeted decolonization.

Please note this webinar replay is no longer eligible for CE credits.

About the Presenter

Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, worked at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) as the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program and infection prevention epidemiologist.

As the subject matter expert for MRSA, she revised the DPH guidelines for managing patients with MRSA in healthcare settings, presented numerous educational offerings to local public health officials and healthcare personnel across the state, and served on the Metastar (Wisconsin quality improvement organization) MRSA advisory committee. She launched a statewide public health initiative to reduce surgical site infections, using a surgical care champion to provide peer-to-peer learnings to surgeons and surgical teams in Wisconsin hospitals. She has been an infection preventionist for 22 years and obtained her certification in infection control in 2002. She received an APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Award and a Chapter Leadership award in 2010 and became an APIC Fellow in 2017.

Webinar

Guidelines for Staphylococcal Decolonization

Recommendations from CDC, SHEA and HRET

Duration: 31 minutes | Available On Demand

Summary

Increasingly, society and organization guidelines recommend including decolonization protocols to help lower the risk of hospital onset Staphylococcus aureus infections.

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Nasal and body staphylococcal decolonization include surgical and ICU patients, and among those with certain indwelling devices.

This short presentation shares the recommendations from CDC, SHEA and HRET and considerations in selecting a MRSA risk mitigation program.  Reference guidelines will be available for download.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the most recent recommendations guiding staphylococcal nasal decolonization practices.
  2. Describe the three types of decolonization agents available for implementing the recommended practices.
  3. Identify considerations for selecting a risk mitigation program for MRSA colonization.

About the Presenter

Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, is an independent infection prevention consultant, with special interest in offering HAI surveillance data validation services, evaluating hospital infection prevention programs, providing SSI prevention consultation, and reducing multidrug-resistant organisms. She formerly worked at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) as the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program and infection prevention epidemiologist.


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