Environmental Hygiene: Proper Practice for Improved Efficacy

  • On-Demand


This digital summit explores the numerous imperatives related to proper and rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the healthcare environment, and delivers expert perspectives on the need for evidence-based practice in environmental hygiene.

This nursing continuing education activity is offered by Infection Control Today/Informa Exhibitions, an approved provider (California BRN provider #16526) by the California Board of Registered Nursing.


  • On Demand

    The Role of the Environment in Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Infections John M. Boyce, MD This session will review the evidence supporting the role of contaminated environmental surfaces on transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens; discuss major types of automated “no-touch” room decontamination systems used to disinfect rooms after patient discharge; and review indications and methods for performing cultures of the inanimate environment in healthcare settings.
  • On Demand

    Disinfecting Strategies for Environmental Surfaces in Health Care: Importance of Product and Process William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH This session will review the use of low-level disinfectants and the selection of the ideal disinfectant; review best practices for environmental cleaning and disinfection; and discuss options for evaluating environmental cleaning and disinfection.
  • On Demand

    A Bundle Approach to Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Nancy Havill, MT(ASCP), CIC This session will describe the level of contamination in the healthcare environment; discuss the role of the environment in transmission of pathogens; review best practices for cleaning and disinfection; and define monitoring methods for evaluating cleanliness.
  • On Demand

    Environmental Surfaces and Infection Prevention Darrel Hicks and Linda Lybert This session will identify areas of concern and propose that surfaces be seen as an assembly; define the definitions of "cleaned" and "disinfected"; introduce the concept of "processing" to return surfaces to a "Fit-for-Purpose" state; outline questions to ask manufacturers; and discuss critical information related to surfaces and infection prevention.


  • John M. Boyce, MD

    John M. Boyce, MD is currently Director of Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. His special interests include healthcare-associated infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, hand hygiene, environmental contamination and methods for decontaminating surfaces in hospitals. He has served as President of SHEA, and as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge from 2004-2011. He has served on expert panels for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Joint Commission, and has published 155 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

  • Nancy Havill, MT(ASCP), CIC

    Nancy Havill is an Infection Preventionist who has conducted several studies on hydrogen peroxide vapor technology and an ultraviolet (UV) light device for terminal decontamination of patient rooms in the healthcare setting. She has evaluated the use of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay for monitoring the effectiveness of cleaning practices and conducted a study to compare fluorescent markers to aerobic colony counts and ATP bioluminescence assay for monitoring cleaning practices. She has also evaluated the efficacy of new disinfectants. She has authored and co-authored several articles on healthcare environmental cleaning practices and has presented her work both nationally and internationally.

  • Darrel Hicks

    Darrel Hicks began his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981 and recently retired as the former Director of Environmental Services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States. Darrel is the owner/principal of Darrel Hicks, LLC. His enterprise specializes in B2B consulting, webinar presentations, seminars and facility consulting services related to cleaning and disinfection.

  • Linda Lybert

    Linda has enjoyed a 17 year career, passionately crusading, and educating people on the active role surfaces play in the spread of infections. Highlights of her career include appointments and serving on: FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities Revision Committee where she was instrumental in creating the first "Ideal Surface Characteristic" guidelines published in 2006. ASHE Facility Planning Design and Construction Committee and was instrumental in the creation and development of the ASHE Health Care Construction: Subcontractor Program. As an active member of ASHE, APIC and SHEA she continues her crusade through writing, consulting and speaking engagements. Linda is President of Healthcare Surface Consulting.

  • William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH

    Dr. Bill Rutala is the Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals and a Research Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC's School of Medicine. He is also Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology and a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Rutala is certified in infection control. He has more than 550 publications in the fields of disinfection and sterilization and infection prevention. Dr. Rutala has also been an invited lecturer at over 350 conferences (in over 40 states, 35 countries and 7 continents) and has testified twice before the U.S. Congress. Dr. Rutala earned his BS from Rutgers University, his MS in microbiology from the University of Tennessee and both his MPH and PhD in microbiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.