AAAHC, APIC Offer Workshop on Infection Prevention

As part of its Achieving Accreditation seminar series, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is partnering with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) for a half-day Ask the APIC Expert infection prevention program – “How Safe Are Your Safe Practices?” – Dec. 4, 2014 in Las Vegas.

“Leaders in both surgical environments and primary care settings will learn how to address the specific infection prevention needs of their organization based on evidence and best practices designed to provide protection to patients and staff,” says Geoffrey Charlton-Perrin, marketing director for AAAHC. “This session will help organization leaders feel confident in identifying potential issues before they become real problems.”

The program will be led by Maria Patrick, RN, CIC, who has more than 30 years of experience in infection control, including acute care and ambulatory care in medical centers and community hospitals across the country. During the program, Patrick will address critical topics including:
• Conducting a risk assessment – Identify likely and potential factors related to acquiring and transmitting infection specific to an organization.
• Safe injection practices – Understand appropriate use of needles and syringes, single dose versus multi-dose vials, lancets, glucometers and infusions.
• Disinfection and sterilization – Uncover each process for instruments and equipment within your organization.
• Environmental cleaning – Get the why and when of cleaning public space, patient exam areas, procedure rooms and sterile operating rooms.
• Sharps injury prevention – Understand what’s required and where to find updates.
• Disease transmission – Determine how best to protect your patients and your staff.

Attendees will leave the workshop with several resources, including sample worksheets, forms, and reference tools, to help establish an infection prevention and control program or assess and strengthen the effectiveness of current efforts. The cost to attend the four-hour workshop is $99 per person. For more information and to register, visit

Source: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)