2019 APIC ALC Program Overview

Day 1 | October 26

7:30-8:10 AM
Networking

8:15-10 AM
General Session: Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Speaker: Arjun Srinivasan, MD, FSHEA, Captain, USPHS, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This presentation will focus on current and emerging IPC trends, issues, challenges, and patient safety concerns related to microbiology and antibiotic stewardship. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss and apply key concepts and frameworks through a scenario-based approach, followed by a Q&A session.

10-10:30 AM
Break: Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM-12 PM
General Session: Cleaning, Disinfection, Sterilization
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Speaker: Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN CIC, Infection Preventionist, Outpatient Care and Instrument Reprocessing, Hospital Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Hospitals

From complex instructions to a lack of standardization, IPs face many challenges around cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. This interactive session will address these issues and provide methods to overcome challenges, using frameworks, tools, and case studies—applicable across healthcare settings, including outpatient areas.

12-1 PM
Lunch: Exhibit Hall

1-2:30 PM // Repeats Sunday 8:30-10 AM
Workshop: The Care and Keeping of Endoscopes: A How-To Session for IPs
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Workshop Leader: Rebecca Taylor Alvino, RN, MS, CNS, CIC, CNOR, Infection Control Practitioner, UCSF Health

This interactive workshop will introduce the IP to the basic anatomy of flexible endoscopes, highlight the variations and complexities between these devices, and walk through each step of flexible endoscope reprocessing. Gain a fundamental understanding of the tools, skills, and systems necessary for your facility to safely use and maintain endoscopes.

Workshop: Microbiology for the IP
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Workshop Leader: Sharon Williamson, MT(ASCP)SM, CIC, FAPIC, Senior Director of Infection Prevention, Texas Health Resources

This interactive session will provide an overview of basic microbiology, including organism identification and susceptibility interpretation, various testing methodologies performed by the microbiology lab, and definitions and mechanisms of resistance for multi-drug resistant organisms. Utilize case scenarios to connect your interpretation of microbiology results to IPC actions.

2:30-3 PM
Break: Exhibit Hall

3-4:30 PM // Repeats Sunday 10:30 AM-12 PM
Workshop: Becoming an Expert IP for the Sterile Processing Department
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Workshop Leader: Damien Berg, BA, BS, CRCST, Manager of Sterile Processing, St. Anthony and Ortho Colorado Hospitals; 2018-2019 President, IAHCSMM

Gain a common vocabulary and practical tools and strategies to enhance collaboration and understanding between the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). This workshop will help IPs better communicate with SPD staff. Deepen your understanding of common issues and challenges through scenario-based examples, activities, and discussion.

Workshop: How to Use the Microbiology Lab 
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Workshop Leader: Tim Landers, PhD RN CNP CIC FAAN, Epidemiologist and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

This session will address collaboration with the microbiology lab to ensure proper sample collection, transportation, and process. We will explore the role of the IP in quality assurance for microbiology specimens and laboratory collaboration to ensure data can be used to inform IPC programs.

4:40-5:25 PM
General Session: Emerging Technologies – Presentation and Discussion
Speaker/Facilitator: Tim Wiemken, PhD, MPH, FAPIC, CIC, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research 

Technological change is taking place at an unprecedented rate. Given the wide scope of IPC work, IPs need to be continuously learning and monitoring the possible IPC impacts of a broad range of current and emerging technologies, including machine learning, information systems and patient care technology, diagnostic testing, telemedicine, and new environmental technologies.

5:30-7 PM
Evening Networking Reception: Exhibit Hall

Day 2 | October 27

7:30-8:15 AM
General Session: The Future is Here: Applying APIC’s Updated Competency Model to Guide IPC Practice
Facilitators: Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Nurse Epidemiologist, Children’s Hospital of Colorado; Past President, APIC; Member, APIC Competency Model Revision Task Force and Heather Bernard, DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Director of Infection Prevention at Mohawk Valley Health System Vice Chair, APIC Professional Development Committee; Member, APIC Competency Model Revision Task Force

APIC’s updated Competency Model advances the profession by outlining future-oriented competency domains that support the professional development of IPs during the next 3-5 years of their practice. Led by two members of the Competency Model Revision Task Force, this interactive session will outline practical strategies for using the model to strengthen and guide professional development for you and your teams.

8:30-10 AM // See Saturday at 1 PM
Workshop: The Care and Keeping of Endoscopes: A How-To Session for IPs 

Workshop: Microbiology for the IP 

10-10:30 AM
Break: Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM-12 PM // See Saturday at 3 PM
Workshop: Becoming an Expert IP for the Sterile Processing Department

Workshop: How to Use the Microbiology Lab Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP

12-1:30 PM
Lunch: Exhibit Hall

1:30-3 PM // Repeats Sunday 3:15-4:45 PM
Workshop: The ABCs of SPD, OR, and IPC Collaboration
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Facilitator: Carole Leone RN, MSN, CIC, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Consultant Center for Clinical Excellence, BJC Healthcare; Panelists: Carol Sykora, MBA, MEd, MT(ASCP), CIC, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Consultant, BJC HealthCare; Sara Vinson, BA, CRCST, Sterile Processing Manager, Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Martin Gitonga, RN, BSN, MHA, Clinical Manager, Neuro and Otolaryngology Perioperative Department, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

This workshop will feature a panel of subject matter experts: an IP, a Sterile Processing Department Manager, and an Operating Room Manager/Educator. Hear advice for promoting positive interaction and collaboration across departments.

Workshop: Antibiotic Stewardship: Understanding and Optimizing the Role of the IP 
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Workshop Leader: David Witt, MD, FIDSA, CIC, Infectious Disease Specialist and Regional Hospital Epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanente

Be empowered to speak comfortably about antibiotic stewardship (ABS), understand the basic choices involved, and find and advocate for the optimal role of an IP in ABS.

3-3:15 PM
Break: Exhibit Hall

3:15-4:45 PM // See Sunday at 1:30 PM
Workshop: The ABCs of SPD, OR, and IPC Collaboration 

Workshop: Antibiotic Stewardship: Understanding and Optimizing the Role of the IP

4:50-5:30 PM
General Session: Interactive ALC Wrap-Up Panel Discussion