Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC

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Russell Olmsted served as APIC president in 2011.

View Russ’ presidential address given at APIC 2011 in Baltimore.

An infection preventionist for more than 30 years, Olmsted is director, Infection Prevention and Control Services for St. Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a member of a national Catholic healthcare network, Trinity Health, headquartered in Novi, MI.

Since November of 2006, Olmsted has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). He also chaired the 2008 External Peer Review Panel of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and is a member of the NHSN Steering Work Group. With backgrounds in biology/microbiology and healthcare epidemiology, he has developed interest in the impact of environment of care on health care-associated infections (HAIs). As such Olmsted served as liaison from APIC to the Facility Guidelines Institute’s (FGI’s) Health Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) recently published Design and Construction Guidelines for Health Care Facilities, 2010 edition. He is continuing his role with FGI as a member of the HGRC Steering Committee for the 2014 edition.

As a long-time APIC member and leader, Olmsted served as a board member, editor of the 1996 APIC Text and is currently associate editor and member of the editorial board of the American Journal for Infection Control (AJIC). He served as editor of the APIC News, became a member of APIC’s Continuous Quality Improvement Task Force and was the first chairperson of the APIC Information Technology Committee.

Olmsted is past president of the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention & Control and led a state-wide task force to conduct a peer review of data mining technology on behalf of the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition. Currently, he collaborates with other infection preventionists to develop tools and present information to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality to reduce blood stream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia to zero. He continues these efforts with a current Keystone initiative focusing on hand hygiene and enhancing appropriate use of urinary catheters. He also serves as affiliated faculty for the University of Michigan’s Patient Safety Enhancement Program that is studying adoption of evidence-based practices to prevent HAIs in U.S. and VA hospitals.