2020 IPC Collaboration Series

Contact Hours | CEs: 5, IPUs: 5

Advancing your education is key to your success – but sometimes your busy schedule or limited budget can get in the way. APIC provides online learning opportunities that will give you the training you need. Our courses are accessible from any device and won’t break the bank.

Join us for a 3-part virtual education series and learn the strategies you need to work with other departments and build strategic relationships, reduce risks, and problem solve and help get your organization on the same page. During each session, you will engage with subject matter experts and their peers, as they share best practices and practical case studies on howto build relationships with departments in your healthcare setting.This course was designed to be engaging with a busy schedule and you can engage with the sessions and speakers during the event and two weeks after the session.

Professional relationships to be covered include:

  • Facilities Management
  • Occupational Health and Poison Control Center
  • OR Staff

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This course is great for IPs at all proficiency levels. All presentations will be recorded.

Infection Prevention and Facilities Management; Removing the Silos!

August 27, 2020 @ 1 PM ET

This presentation looks at the challenges of daily maintenance as well as construction and renovation in a health care facility. There are many factors that could hinder a successful collaboration between the infection prevention and facilities management departments. For success, there must be a meeting of minds, and therein lies rub. Throughout this presentation,you will dive into the perspectives from both the IP as well as facilities management. Viewers will examine the need for a facility to have a strong infection prevention program and facilities management department that is amenable on both sides and understand why the collaboration can’t and won’t be sustained if it is all one-sided. Lastly, we will discuss what needs to happen for both sides to come together.


  • Discuss the benefits and risk of a collaborative relationship from an infection preventionist and facilities manager’s perspective 
  • Review the precautions applied to protect patients while ensuring project completion 
  • Recognize departmental need for cooperation to facilitate patient safety and patient care 
  • Explain methods to increase IP involvement in facility management 
  • Understand the importance of IP asking questions of facility management 

Loie Ruhl Couch, RN, BS, CIC, FAPIC

President of the Missouri Society of Healthcare Engineering, co-author of “Infection Prevention Manual for Construction and Renovation” (APIC, 2015), and an infection prevention specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Terry Banister, MBA, CHFM

Facility Manager and Safety Officer at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Collaboration and Creativity: Protecting Healthcare Workers During Pandemic Response

September 24, 2020 @ 1 PM ET

This presentation looks at the challenges and management of employee exposure during a global pandemic and the collaboration and creativity required by infection prevention,occupational health, and the poison control center. Throughout this presentation, you will explore how the actions of the IP manager, occupation health director, and the poison control director resulted in a reliable process and response to all exposure concerns, events, and questions. We will also discuss the importance of continued communication between the teams as an essential component of success.


  • State of exposure investigation and contact tracing prior to partnership of Infection Prevention (IPC) and Occupational Health (OH) with Poison Control Center 
  • Development of COVID Hotline 
  • Resource and training development and implementation 
  • Steps of the contact tracing process including CSI, CTC and OH workflows 
  • Development and refinement of COVID 19 Evaluation and Management Playbook 
  • Communicating and implementing recommendations in response to consistently changing guidance 
  • Partnership with Analytics team 
  • Utilizing data displays in dashboards to share information 


Infection Control Manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia currently serving as an Infection Preventionist and overseeing the Infection Prevention and Control Department’s Data Analytics and Logistics team.

Amanda Scott CIH, CSP, HEM, CMLSO

Director, Environmental Health and Safety and the Occupational Health Departments at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Amanda sits on the Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Advisory Board for Millersville University and is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Healthcare (AIHA) Working Group.

Jeanette Trella, PharmaD, BCPPS

Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the James L. Winkle School of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati, and completed pharmacy practice residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Patient Safety in the OR—Not Just a One Team Sport

October 29, 2020 @ 1 PM ET

When describing the perioperative team, everyone thinks of the members within the operating room. However, many teams outside of the operating room help make the team in the operating room successful. Keeping patients safe begins outside of the operating room. We will discuss how we have formed a partnership between perioperative team members and Infection Preventionists. We will give many examples on how we collaborate with each other to ensure the safety of our patients. We will also share our experiences on how to sustain a collaborative relationship between our departments.


  • Describe three ways to become part of the perioperative team  
  • Recognize breaches or opportunities within the perioperative setting 
  • Identify benefits of team rounding 
  • Discuss how the perioperative and IP relation was built 


Senior Infection Preventionist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Marcy facilitates the C-difficile Task Force and is responsible for coordinating and leading system-wide epidemiology initiatives.

Debbie Patete, MBOE, BSN, RN, NE-BC, LSSYB

Associate Director of Perioperative Shared Services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Debbie is currently the clinical lead for the 10M dollar construction project to revitalize and standardize the 18 Operating Rooms at University Hospital.