Standard Precautions - Is your staff really protected?
Available: On Demand
Posted in Webinar
Speakers: Suzanne M. Pear, RN, PhD, CIC
This program reviews the relevant changes and reaffirmations of Standard Precautions practice noted in the CDC’s 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions. The relationship between protective apparel and infection prevention is examined in light of OSHA as well as the AAMI gown barrier performance levels and criteria for protective apparel. In addition, system obstacles to the selection and use of appropriate protective apparel in the clinical setting will be discussed.
Speaker: Suzanne M. Pear, RN, PhD, CIC
Suzanne M. Pear, RN, PhD, CIC is the former associate director for infection prevention practices within the Scientific Affairs and Clinical Education Department of Kimberly-Clark Health Care. Dr. Pear is a healthcare epidemiologist with extensive experience in clinical infection control practice and outbreak investigations. Her general area of expertise is healthcare- acquired infections and her special interests include surgical site infection, Clostridium difficile infection and device-associated infections. Dr. Pear is a registered nurse and obtained her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Long Island University in New York. She also holds a master's degree in medical-surgical nursing with an education concentration from the University of Arizona. Her thesis work investigated nurses' self-perception of hand-hygiene behavior. She subsequently obtained a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the College of Public Health at the same institution. Her dissertation work focused on the role of hyperglycemia in post-cardiac surgery infections. She has been certified in infection control and epidemiology (CIC) for more than 15 years.