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Wolters Kluwer Health announces that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Sentri7, an infection prevention surveillance, documentation and reporting application, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC on "Clostridium difficile Infection: An Update on the Current State of Prevention."
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET. To register, visit http://www.sentri7.com/infection/.
Clostridium difficile infection currently represents one of the most challenging issues in healthcare. Not only is the incidence of disease outpacing that caused by other multidrug resistant organisms, but the severity of disease is equally alarming. Emergence of Clostridium difficile infection is impacted by antibiotic therapy and may develop despite judicious use and antimicrobial management programs. This organism also poses tremendous environmental issues as C. difficile may survive on surfaces for months and routine hospital germicides are relatively ineffective.
Carrico will touch on the changing epidemiology of this disease, the current challenges presented to healthcare facilities, and some innovative approaches that may prove helpful as part of a comprehensive patient safety program.
Carrico is an assistant professor with the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. She has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Carrico has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and served as the editor for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) 2005 and 2009 Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the primary textbook for infection preventionists in the United States, Canada, and Asia. She currently serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), and Critical Care Medicine.