The ICT Digital Summit on HAI Prevention Imperatives: A Multimodal Approach will explore how a comprehensive set of infection prevention and control interventions can improve patient outcomes and protect healthcare workers. A "do-everything" approach to HAI prevention is being embraced by regulatory agencies, industry guideline-setting agencies, and healthcare experts, and it encompasses everything from risk assessment to effective hand and environmental hygiene, plus education and training.
In this session, participants will learn how to categorize the components of a multi-modal approach to HAI prevention, recognize the importance of applying the multi-modal approach to HAI prevention for in-patient and ambulatory care, and identify monitoring and measurement strategies for HAI prevention.
This session will review the essentials of environmental cleaning, the key challenges of proper cleaning and surface disinfection, and some of the persistent issues that can be addressed by greater education and science-based practices.
In this session, participants will learn about the importance of taking a new approach to the perennial challenge of boosting hand hygiene compliance, and how a shift in culture can facilitate improved healthcare worker behavior.
Michael Gardam, MSc MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC, has devoted his career to helping others uncover new and innovative ways to tackle complex challenges. As director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network since 2001, and former director of infectious disease prevention and control at Public Health Ontario (2008-2010), Gardam has worked to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings and in the community. He is currently physician director of Infection Prevention and Control Canada; the national lead of infection control collaboratives for Safer Healthcare Now! and is a pioneer of using behavioural change approaches, including positive deviance and front-line ownership to improve patient safety. He leads improvement work in Canada and the United States as director of Ignite Consulting. In addition to general infectious diseases practice, his clinical work focuses on the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and he is the founding medical director of the tuberculosis clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. Gardam is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 90 scientific works. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases.
J. Darrel Hicks, BA, REH, CHESP, is the director of environmental services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States. Hicks started his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981. He served as president of the IEHA-Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide from 2006 to 2008 and holds the title of Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH). He is also an active member of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Health-care Environmental Services Professional). Hicks is nationally recognized as one of the industry experts in infection prevention and control as it relates to cleaning. He has written and published numerous articles in professional and healthcare related journals as part of his commitment to providing a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment. In 2010, Hicks authored "Infection Prevention for Dummies", a 43-page, pocket-size book with topics such as: Use cleaning techniques to keep infection at bay; match the disinfectant to the situation; understand disinfectant label claims; and keep your environment healthy.
Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, has more than 30 years of infection control experience. Certified in Infection Control (CIC) since 1985, she runs a consulting practice, focusing on providing services to all sectors of healthcare including acute-care hospitals, nursing homes, LTACHs, behavioral health hospitals, specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient care and dental/oral surgery practices. Segal's experience includes onsite visits to facilities to assess infection prevention programs and best practices and prepares hospitals and ASCs for CMS and accreditation agency surveys. Between 2007 and 2010, she contracted as the senior infection prevention analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) whereby she was instrumental in designing, developing, implementing and maintaining the nation's most robust mandatory healthcare-associated infection (HAI) reporting program for hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, for the past several years she has assisted with the C. difficile and Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaboratives on behalf of the Health Care Improvement Foundation in Southeastern PA and is a member of the HHS stakeholders committee focusing on the HAI reduction Action plan for hospitals, ASCs, dialysis centers, nursing homes and outpatient care settings. Segal provides educational programs to all sectors of healthcare, organizations and privately owned surgery center groups. Her programs include on-site presentations, webinars and audio conferences.