Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization Virtual Conference

Oct 7, 2020 ‐ Oct 9, 2020


Opening Remarks & WelcomeOpening Remarks & Welcome

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Opening Remarks & Welcome

Oct 8, 2020 10:00am ‐ Oct 8, 2020 10:15am

Identification: THUR01

The Bug Stops Here - What's New at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oct 8, 2020 10:15am ‐ Oct 8, 2020 11:00am

Identification: THUR02

The session will provide a high level over view on microbial physical and chemical microbial inactivation and the importance of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization in the prevention of healthcare -acquired infections. The talk will focus how our basic knowledge and science is used to inform decisions on emerging pathogens and will up date attendees on how recommendations for cleaning, and disinfection and antisepsis have been made of the current response for COVID-19.

  • Matthew J. Arduino, MS, DrPH, FSHEA, M(ASCP), Senior Advisor, Environmental Hygiene and Infection Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Building Confidence in Assessing & Managing High-Level Disinfection: A Framework for the Infection Preventionist

Oct 8, 2020 11:15am ‐ Oct 8, 2020 12:00pm

Identification: THUR04

From conflicting and lengthy manufacturer's instructions to a lack of product standardization, Infection Preventionists (IPs) may feel overwhelmed while attempting to improve their facility's high-level disinfection (HLD) practices. This presentation will provide IPs with tools, techniques, and frameworks specific to HLD in any health care setting. The Spaulding classification scheme is described and evidence for adherence is presented. Participants are familiarized with current HLD auditing tools both from the Centers for Disease Control and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. IPs will learn how to confidently assess their HLD areas, apply evidence-based guidelines, set priorities, and improve challenging areas. This workshop is for all IPs who may have oversight of their HLD areas or who just want to know more about this highly complex process.

  • Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, Outpatient Care and Instrument Reprocessing, University of North Carolina Hospitals

A High Level Disinfection & Sterilization Toolkit for the Infection Preventionist

Oct 8, 2020 12:45pm ‐ Oct 8, 2020 1:30pm

Identification: THUR06

This session will cover background information on developing policies and procedures for high level disinfection and sterilization, audit tools, and creating a culture of safety within the areas that perform high level disinfection and sterilization in the facility. This session will be focused specifically for ambulatory care/critical access hospitals where they may have more need for help in developing these programs pertaining to high level disinfection and sterilization processes.

Learning Objectives:
  • The learner will become knowledgeable in identifying resources for developing policies and procedures for high level disinfection and sterilization
  • The learner will receive insight on how to develop and utilize audit tools to routinely observe processes related to high level disinfection and sterilization.
  • The learner will bring back ideas to their teams involved in high-level disinfection and sterilization on creating a culture of safety around these high-risk regulatory infection control processes and how to sustain a well-developed program.
  • Megan Crosser, BS, MPH, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention, Nod Specialists

Mistake Proofing: Achieving Zero Defects in Instrument Pre-Cleaning

Oct 8, 2020 1:45pm ‐ Oct 8, 2020 2:30pm

Identification: THUR08

In December 2018, an urban hospital evaluated instrument pre-cleaning processes in response to three of their system hospitals facing related regulatory deficiencies, lack of standardization and poor adherence to current practices. This session will describe how a hospital worked with system partners to simplify, standardize, and sustain a previously error-prone process and transition high-risk, low utilization areas to disposable alternatives within a variety of care areas. Approaching this process using quality improvement methodology resulted in efficient use of resources, standardization across the system and robust regulatory readiness outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify key strategies in developing a sustainable process for instrument pre-cleaning and disposal practices.
  • Identify opportunities to simplify high risk workflows through cost/benefit analysis
  • Discuss risks that emerge from process variation and the barriers that can prevent adherence.
  • Anne Belde, CPPM, Quality Improvement Specialist, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
  • Kyrstyn Specht, RN, BSN, Patient Safety Specialist, Park Nicollet Health Services

Closing Remarks for the DayClosing Remarks for the Day

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Closing Remarks for the Day

Oct 8, 2020 2:30pm ‐ Oct 8, 2020 2:45pm

Identification: THUR09

Electrostatic Sprayers: A New Way to Combat C. difficile in Healthcare - Clorox Healthcare Symposium

Oct 8, 2020 2:45pm ‐ Oct 8, 2020 3:45pm

Identification: THUR10

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) costs U.S. acute care facilities $1.5 billion and causes almost 500,000 illnesses annually.1,2 Given this is a growing and impactful threat within the healthcare community, Clorox Healthcare developed Spore Defense Cleaner Disinfectant for electrostatic sprayers to help healthcare facilities more effectively and efficiently combat the spread of C. difficile. Electrostatic technology works by charging and atomizing the disinfection solution allowing it to reach and uniformly coat surfaces, even those easily missed by manual cleaning, for superior surface coverage, easing application and effectiveness of disinfection protocols for healthcare facilities. The following presentation, developed and presented by Katherine Velez, PhD, Senior Scientist, Clorox Professional Products Company, details the growing threat of C. difficile, its impact on patients and healthcare facilities, how it spreads, the importance and role of disinfection in preventing its spread, and the benefits of implementing electrostatic technology, including the use of Spore Defense, in healthcare facilities.


Bridging the Gap: Sterile Processing for Infection Preventionists

Oct 9, 2020 10:00am ‐ Oct 9, 2020 10:45am

Identification: FRI01

The sterile processing department is like a very small island in the middle of the sea. You know it’s there and you can see it if you look hard enough but you don’t get in the boat that takes you there unless you absolutely have to go there. You stay on more substantive ground: somewhere you’re comfortable, somewhere you know better, somewhere you can make a difference. Sometimes, you even forget that sterile processing exists. What a relief! But then something happens: a surgeon complains about bioburden on an instrument, the pipes above sterile processing break and sewer water rains down into prep and pack and sterile storage, a circulating nurse tells you they’re sterilizing cardboard for urology procedures, a device has a mechanism that is so difficult to clean that you can’t get it clean even when following the manufacturer’s instructions for use, surgeries are delayed due to wet loads, VP shunt infections are on the rise. This session will help you build a bridge to the sterile processing island. We will follow the life of an instrument, discuss available resources to address issues in sterile processing, and make you want to embrace SPD rather than swim from it.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the life cycle of an instrument.
  • Discuss common issues in sterile processing.
  • Apply troubleshooting methods to solve sterile processing issues.
  • Elizabeth Marrero, MSN, RN, CNOR(e), CIC, Infection Preventionist, Arkansas Children's Hospital

Ambulatory Care: The Rescue of Reprocessed Sterile Instruments

Oct 9, 2020 11:00am ‐ Oct 9, 2020 11:45am

Identification: FRI03

The outpatient ambulatory setting has become the setting for surgical procedures once performed in inpatient hospitals. This shift has intensified the use of reprocessed sterile instruments in ambulatory medical offices. An ambulatory infection prevention team within a large medical group discovered surgical instruments with debris and potential bioburden remaining after the sterilization process was performed via a tabletop steam sterilizer (autoclave). The finding of retained debris on sterile instruments prompted an immediate response utilizing a “Call to Action” to sequester and rescue instruments. Multiple gaps were discovered in the process of decontamination, cleaning, holding, instrument disassembly, packaging, sterilizer operation and maintenance, documentation and storage of sterilized instruments. The “Call to Action” process included communication and coordination with leadership, inspection of every reusable instrument at each office, and education related to reprocessing. Multiple actions were implemented to improve the safety of sterile instruments in the ambulatory medical office setting.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe at least three components of the “Call to Action” process utilized during the rescue of surgical instruments.
  • State challenges to reprocessing surgical instruments within a medical office.
  • List actions implemented to improve the safety of sterile instruments in the ambulatory setting.
  • Catherine Ostrowski, MSN, BS, RN, CIC, Clinical Operations Specialist, Infection Prevention, Spectrum Health Medical Group

Highly Reliable High-level Disinfection and Sterilization (HLD/S) Program

Oct 9, 2020 12:30pm ‐ Oct 9, 2020 1:15pm

Identification: FRI05

High level disinfection and sterilization (HLD/S) has recently been identified as one of the four high risk areas by The Joint Commission and will receive increased focus during onsite surveys. Similar to many organizations around the country, we struggled with how to create a highly reliable process and structure for HLD/S across a large pediatric network. Activities at these locations vary and include pre-cleaning, manual cleaning, preparation and packaging, sterilization, high-level disinfection, and transportation. With a centralized governance structure in place, the HLD/S Program evolved to meet the needs of our organization by providing a competency based enterprise-wide program at local and organizational levels. This program, combined with a robust formalized structure, has streamlined communication, increased regulatory compliance, and improved patient safety.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the assessment process and tools utilized in the development of the HLD/S Program.
  • Review the structure and key components of the HLD/S Program to enhance sustainability.
  • Identify recent changes to move toward centralization and the future of our Program.
  • Jill Manuola, MSN, RN-BC, Program Manager - High-LevelDisinfection & Sterilization (HLD/S), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Take Charge of your Inner Army: Managing PTSD in the Age of COVID-19

Oct 9, 2020 1:30pm ‐ Oct 9, 2020 2:15pm

Identification: FRI07

From combat medical service in Iraq to the front lines of COVID-stricken emergency rooms, Dr. Bose takes audiences through some of his most daunting experiences leading in times of crisis. As one of America’s foremost doctors on mass casualty, disaster care, PTSD and now the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Bose passionately believes that, even in a world of doom and gloom, we can brave chaos, act confidently, and live healthy. With inspiring optimism, Dr. Bose shares battle-proven strategies to stay grounded in the face of overwhelming circumstances, lead under pressure and make tough decisions even in the most unconventional environments.

  • Dr. Sudip Bose, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM, Leading Emergency Room Doctor on the COVID Frontlines; Bronze Star Recipient for Record-setting Medical Combat Tours in Iraq; Nationally Recognized Healthcare Expert

Closing Remarks, Event Concludes

Oct 9, 2020 2:15pm ‐ Oct 9, 2020 2:30pm

Identification: FRI08

Biofilm meets Decontamination Professional - Germkill365 Symposium

Oct 9, 2020 2:30pm ‐ Oct 9, 2020 3:30pm

Identification: FRI09

This is a first of its kind interactive discussion between a world leading biofilm research scientist and the number one disaster relief expert in the world on how biofilm is affecting hospitals and our world and how with the right products and protocols we could TACKLE this puzzle and lower bioburden to safe levels on a regular basis.

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