The Affordable Care Act and Catheter Infections: Protecting Your Patients and Your Hospital from Technology Risk and Legal Liability

  • June 25, 201411:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. EDT/8:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. PDT


This digital summit will address key trends in healthcare reform, quality improvement, and other important clinical practices that are impacting infection prevention. With the mandate for improved transparency in healthcare, it's vital that infection preventionists understand how to manage risks posed to their facilities and their patients from biomedical technology, and the inherent legalities involved. Experts will address the changing healthcare landscape, as will catheter- and venous access-related infections.


  • On Demand

    Changing Healthcare Landscape: Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Frank Myers III, MA, CIC

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a comprehensive legislation engineered to improve the way healthcare is delivered. As part of the ACA, hospitals will have to show continuous improvements year to year. This discussion will cover the changing healthcare landscape as it relates to HAIs, various measures used to evaluate efficiency and outcomes, and using evidence-based solutions to improve outcomes.

  • On Demand

    Peripheral IVs and Infection Risks Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC, Senior Infection Control Officer for Methodist Hospitals, in Gary, Ind.

    This session will explore the literature surrounding the risk of infection associated with peripheral intravenous catheters and discuss the use of bundles and prevention strategies to help address that risk. While there is broad focus on central line associated infections, the majority of Infection Prevention programs have not yet considered the infection risks associated with the most commonly used invasive device in our hospitals: the PIV.

  • On Demand

    Legal Liability and IV Catheter Choice Darcy Doellman, BSN, RN, CRNI

    This presentation explains the landmine nature of the environment in which lawsuits related to central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occur. While central venous catheter (CVC) lines are needed to deliver vital therapies, they also present substantial risks to patients. To minimize this risk, hospitals are expected to follow professional standards of care with CVC insertion and maintenance practices. Hospitals that fail to follow standards of care substantially increase their risk exposure to lawsuits if a patient should suffer a CLABSI. The real-life case study in this presentation illustrates the clinical and legal risks of CLABSIs and examines how hospitals can protect their patients and themselves by following specific CVC-related standards of care.


  • Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC, Senior Infection Control Officer for Methodist Hospitals, in Gary, Ind.

    Ms. DeVries has more than 20 years of experience in Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology. She received her Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has practiced in community, federal and university healthcare systems. She is passionate about bringing evidence to bedside practices and working to make data the driving force to implementing change, while at the same time making interventions meaningful for those we task with carrying them out.

  • Darcy Doellman, BSN, RN, CRNI

    Ms. Doellman is a nationally known expert in vascular access and a nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has developed and spoken at educational programs for clinicians throughout the U.S. She was the 2007-09 President of the Association for Vascular Access.

  • Frank Myers III, MA, CIC

    Frank Myers III is an accomplished speaker, making presentations at dozens of professional conferences throughout the country, as well as a prolific author of articles for professional medical and trade publications. Prior to his position at UCSD, Frank was the director of clinical epidemiology and safety systems at Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has also served as the AIDS surveillance officer for the state of Delaware. Frank is a champion of infection prevention and has sat for numerous interviews on the topic of infectious diseases with members of the media. He is a member of a number of organizations including the California Department of Health Services’ Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee, the San Diego County Medical Society Group to Eradicate Resistant Microbes (GERM Commission), and many more. In 2005 he was awarded National APIC’s Outstanding Chapter Leader, and in 2004, served as president of the California APIC Coordinating Council. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Nursing magazine, and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control and Nursing 2008. He was a speaker at the 2008 ICT Conference on Professional Development and has written articles for ICT magazine.