Infection Control Today is partnering with Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions to bring to the medical community a nursing conference dedicated to addressing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) related to medical devices. The event, which offers 5.0 contact hours of nursing continuing education, was held Aug. 10, 2017, concurrent with the Florida International Medical Expo (FIME), now in its 27th year, the largest medical trade fair across the Americas. FIME welcomed more than 22,000 medical and healthcare trade professionals from North, Central and South America, as well as from across the globe, to do business with 1,500-plus national and international companies showcasing new and refurbished medical and hospital equipment, technology, products and supplies. The faculty of the nursing conference at FIME represents the nursing, public health, infection prevention and microbiology thought leaders, and these speakers discussed the imperatives of their respective areas of expertise.

Attendees of the 2017 FIME nursing conference may access the five courses below, in order to take the test and complete the course evaluation which will allow them to print their certificates.

Available Courses

Infection Prevention in the Acute-Care Environment

1 Contact Hour | Presentation

Infection prevention and control has worked for decades to stop the spread of infection: sometimes the focus is on the crisis created by a new or emerging pathogen or the focus can be on how to prevent transmission of infections in the acute care setting. The role of the infection control practitioner or now known as the infection preventionist has evolved. With the goal of licensing and accrediting bodies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent all healthcare associated infections (HAIs) by 2020, the infection preventionist together with nurses, medical teams and other healthcare providers are working within the acute-care setting to implement new prevention strategies. The most recent report from CDC indicates there has been significant reductions in HAIs. This presentation will discuss the role of the infection preventionist; the importance of the nurse and the bedside care team; the successful implementation of prevention bundles including practices and products; core infection prevention strategies; management of multi drug resistant organisms; antimicrobial stewardship programs; emerging and re-emerging infections; recent outbreaks related to devices; and the evolving knowledge of the role of the environment in transmission of organisms; and key factors related to cleaning, disinfection and sterilization.

Course Objectives

  • To identify key components of infection prevention bundles including practice and products and how to implement them into your practice.
  • To list the core elements of infection prevention.
  • To identify at least three outbreaks caused by new and emerging pathogens and/or associated with medical devices.


Infection Prevention in Ambulatory Care and Other Settings

1 Contact Hour | Presentation

Infection prevention across the continuum of care plays a large role in providing a safe environment for patients as the healthcare sector expe-riences major changes from the traditional acute care setting to outpatient and long-term care. The National Center for Health Statistics latest figures indicates that outpatient patient care totals 125.7 million or 41.0 visits per 100 patients. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities take care of patients with varying acuity levels as the landscape is shifting. Prevention of transmission of infection can result in challenges when trying to maintain a safe environment regardless of the setting. As we experience many more patients being seen in the outpatient arena including thousands of surgical procedures occurring annually, we face extraordinary challenges including reprocessing of instruments and devices. Outpatient clinics often have restricted space and resources, while the need to appropriately handle reprocessing is vital to infection prevention.

Course Objectives

  • Identify infection prevention challenges in the non-acute care settings.
  • Recognize the need for adhering to nationally recognized standards and guidelines in the outpatient and long-term care setting.
  • Assess the infection prevention role of nursing personnel in the non-acute care settings.


Partnering With Industry on Medical Device Design and Cleaning

1 Contact Hour | Presentation

As medical procedures have become more complex, the devices used to perform them have also become more complex. With reusable medical devices, this has caused problems with cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of the devices. Difficulty with cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilization of these devices has caused many patient safety problems: healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), foreign body reactions, patient death, etc. The causes of this problem are many and complex and will require the many stakeholders to collaborate and work together to resolve this issue. Some of the causes include: devices are poorly designed, how to clean, disinfect and/or sterilize the device was not considered during device design, human factors were not considered, the IFU is difficult to understand, incomplete and/or difficult to follow, poor understanding of sterilization science and technicians not adequately trained and/or did not follow the IFU.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the stakeholders who are responsible for ensuring that medical devices are effectively cleaned, disinfected and/or sterilized between patient used.
  • Identify the reasons why, after patient use, it can be difficult to adequately clean, disinfect and/or sterilize medical devices.
  • Identify potential solutions for improving the process of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical devices.


Stewardship and Standardization of Medical Equipment

1 Contact Hour | Presentation

Nursing as part of the clinical team will need to consider cleaning and reprocessing of supplies and equipment moving forward as an element of purchasing new equipment and supplies. Nursing has a key role in not only that medical devices are clean and ready for each patient but that they follow process to utilize equipment properly and at the right time to ensure that cleaning process are given the priority and time needed. Planning and collaboration with Biomed, sterile processing, scope cleaning areas and equipment rooms will be important to creating the most efficient and cost effective process that also provides the right equipment for patients.

Course Objectives

  • To review how standardizing care of equipment and reusable medical devices will assist with containing costs and will need to be included in the planning of new equipment at all levels.
  • To explore how medical device cleaning, disinfection and sterilization is no longer "someone else's job," as well as nursing's role in the care and cleaning of medical devices.
  • To review how every infection counts when it comes to patient quality and safety, and creating an environment of "zero harm" when setting up cleaning processes for medical devices.


Quality Measures of High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization

1 Contact Hour | Presentation

Several hospitals and one-too-many patient deaths have been associated with the transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms such as Car-bapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae due to inadequate cleaning of scopes particularly duodenoscopes. The topic of organism transmission and cross-contamination has been the forefront of Infection Prevention and Control long before the first FDA alert in 2015 of CRE transmission. The purpose of this presentation to review current events of multi-drug resistant organisms' transmission via duodenoscope and the meticulous attention to cleaning the elevator portion of said scope.

Course Objectives

  • Ensuring the scope is properly disinfected provides our patients and colleagues with safety measures and peace of mind.
  • Microbiological testing of scopes to ensure their cleanliness is a topic for debate, but not addressing the issue does nothing to alleviate the fear of procuring a hospital-acquired infection.
  • Other methods of testing, both in quick turnaround times and cost-effective, are available and will be discussed as well as demonstrated here.

FAQs

Q: Are ICT's educational activities eligible for continuing education credit?

Yes, Infection Control Today/Informa Exhibitions is an approved provider (California BRN provider #16526) by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Q: Who accepts your contact hours of continuing education?

Our contact hours of continuing education are designed for nurses to meet their licensure requirements in all 50 U.S. states. All other healthcare professionals should check with their organizations and medical associations to see if our contact hours are accepted.

Q: How long are your contact hours accredited?

Our continuing education courses are good for two years from the time the course is originally accredited — check for the expiration dates provided on our website where the educational activity is accessed. Expired courses are pulled from the website.

Q: How much continuing education does each educational activity offer?

One contact hour of continuing education will be awarded for every activity that offers it, and upon successful completion of the post-activity test.

Q: How do I earn my contact hour of continuing education?

You must participate in the educational activity, complete the course evaluation and successfully pass the post-activity test.

Q: What is the passing grade for the post-activity test?

A minimum grade of 80 percent is required to pass the post-activity test.

Q: How do I get my certificate?

Upon successful completion of the course evaluation and the post-activity test, an email will be sent to you with a link to your certificate.

Q: What if I don't receive the email with the link to the certificate?

Check your spam/junk folder and confirm your email account is set up to receive emails from infectioncontroltoday.com. If you are still having issues, contact us at 480.990.1101.