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APIC COVID-19 Task Force Webinar: Pre-hospital Care and Interfacility Transport

October 22, 2020 @ 1 pm ET | Contact Hours/CNEs: 1, IPUs: 1


Connect with members of the APIC COVID-19 Task Force and get your pressing questions answered about this ongoing pandemic. This member-to-member series offers an informative and safe space to help you develop proactive strategies to educate your colleagues, patients, and residents on COVID-19. Submit questions in advance to APIC COVID-19 Task Force.


  • Describe infection prevention measures adopted by emergency medical services providers for high consequence communicable diseases, including COVID-19
  • Discuss issues unique to the EMS-hospital interface, and how the infection prevention partnership is key to safe transfer of patient care
  • Consider how Infection Preventionists and emergency medical services leaders can improve planning, execution and debriefing of high consequence infectious disease events

Jill Holdsworth, MS, CIC, FAPIC, NREMT, CRCST

Manager, Infection Prevention | Emory University Hospital Midtown, Peachtree Corners, GA

Jill obtained a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Biology and a Master of Science from Marshall University in Exercise Science. She began her career as a cardiac rehab therapist in Huntington, WV.  Jill began working as an IP in 2009, obtained her CIC after 1 year in the field, and became a Fellow of APIC in 2016.  Jill became involved in APIC in 2009 with the DC Chapter, becoming the secretary in 2012, President-Elect in 2013 and the President in 2014.  Jill was the 2015-2016 APIC Emergency Management Committee Chairman and is currently the AAMI Protective Barriers Committee co-chair.  Jill is a certified EMT and is certified in sterile processing through IAHCSMM.  She is currently working in Atlanta, GA as the Manager of Infection Prevention at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH, FAEMS

Alexander P. Isakov, MD, MPH, is the founding Executive Director of CEPAR and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. He has led the development of the CEPAR office, providing oversight and leadership for numerous initiatives aimed at improving the disaster resilience of Emory and the broader community. His professional experience includes service as an officer in the United States Navy, consulting for the CDC, deploying with the National Disaster Medical System, and providing leadership in EMS and disaster preparedness. He is also the director for Emory’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, whose faculty and staff provide medical oversight for 911 communications centers, first responders, and air and ground ambulance services in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Moderator: Pamela S. Falk, MPH, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Pam Falk has worked in the infection control field for more than 40 years and is currently the President of Pamela S Falk Consulting. She is a fellow of APIC and SHEA. She has experience in university and community acute care and ambulatory healthcare settings. She holds a Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and is certified in Infection Control.  She has authored many papers and presented nationally at APIC, SHEA, and the AMA.  Pam was the APIC representative during the creation of the CDC/Johns Hopkins instructional video for donning and doffing for Ebola, edited the voiceover copy, and is seen in sections of the video. She edits sections of the TJC /OSHA Course Review and Updates for Elsevier publishing.  Pam is an APIC Consultant.

Live from Industry: Mitigating the Risk of Cross Contamination in Today’s Complex Clinical Environment

October 28, 2020 @ 1 pm ET | Contact Hours/CNEs: N/A


Today, more than ever before, clinicians are challenged to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination and transmission of viruses and bacteria – whether from people, care-related factors, the environment or equipment. Guidelines and protocols have rapidly evolved to address sources of contamination and pathogens that may lead to infection. However, complexities in the provision of care can make compliance to these recommendations challenging, resulting in some contamination risks possibly being overlooked. This course details current challenges that may increase the risk of cross contamination, guidelines and recommended best practices, and solutions to help mitigate the risks within the complex care environment.


  • Describe challenges in the current clinical environment that may increase the risk of cross-contamination
  • Identify potential contamination risks that can be overlooked in the complex care environment
  • Discuss current guidelines and recommended best practices, and identify solutions to reduce the risk of cross-contamination

Nikki Kluck, BS, MS

Nikki Kluck is a biomedical engineer with over 12 years of experience with the 3M Health Care business.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis in biomaterials.

Nikki is a global Lead Technical Applications Specialist, where her current role focuses on cleaning monitoring tools, including ATP monitoring of healthcare environmental surfaces, flexible endoscopes, and surgical instruments.  Nikki is passionate about the advantages that a robust cleaning monitoring program can bring to a comprehensive infection control program.  She has presented predominantly on cleaning monitoring of flexible endoscopes, and has created educational content for her colleagues to present globally.  Her role also includes providing education and technical support to customers in Device Reprocessing and Infection Control, and bringing the voice of the customer to cross-functional product development teams to identify and develop new solutions.  Nikki also participates in US AAMI working groups for both industrial and end user device reprocessing related standards.      

Kim Prinsen, RN, BSN

Kimberly Prinsen has over 36 years of experience as a nurse in the perioperative specialty. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Allen College in Waterloo, IA and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from the same institution.

Kim joined 3M in 2014. She is an Advanced Clinical Application Specialist with 3M Medical Solutions Division.  Her current role focusses on antiseptics including, nasal decolonization and perioperative skin preparation. Kim has made it her mission to understand the landscape of antisepsis in the surgical and acute care setting, to identify clinician needs and pain points related to antiseptics. She has presented on SSI related topics throughout the United States and in turn created educational content for her colleagues to present globally.

Prior to joining to 3M, Kim served as a Clinical Director of Surgical Services at a Hospital in Iowa and was responsible for overall operational and financial performance for Surgery, PACU, Ambulatory Unit, Sterile Processing, Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Center for Pain Medicine.  Kim also served as a Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves as part of the Fleet Hospital from 1990-1998.

Kimberly Schommer, BSN, RN, VA-BC

Kimberly Schommer has 14 years of experience as an intensive care nurse, specifically in the neonatal and pediatric populations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, and is board certified in vascular access.

Kimberly joined 3M in 2017 as a nurse in Clinical Applications in the Medical Solutions Division where her primary role centered on the prevention of blood stream infections. Her current role focuses on medical securement, including preventing complications thru the selection of the right medical tape for the job that needs to be done and simplifying that process for clinicians. Kim is also championing the awareness of medical tape as a possible vector for contamination and subsequently cross-contamination between patients and identifying solutions to help combat this often-overlooked problem. She has presented on infection prevention related topics globally, including in Chile and Brazil.

Prior to joining to 3M, Kimberly worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardon Children’s Hospital in Arizona, and in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She spent 5 years a Care Coordinator in the Pediatric Outpatient Specialty Clinic at the University of Minnesota where she worked in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program, identifying and initiating therapy for babies born with inherited metabolic diseases.

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Live from Industry: Nasal Decolonization to Prevent Staphylococcus aureus Infections

Resecheduled to: November 5, 2020 @ 1 pm ET


Marin Schweizer, PhD has performed many research studies to evaluate whether nasal decolonization prevents Staphylococcus aureus infections. She will describe her multicenter research studies that evaluated nasal decolonization interventions, including real-world barriers and facilitators to implementation of these interventions. She will also discuss the evidence base for nasal decolonization to prevent S. aureus infections among different patient populations.


  • Describe CDC recommended strategies to prevent hospital-onset Staphylococcus aureus infections in acute care facilities
  • Discuss barriers and facilitators to nasal decolonization among surgical patients
  • Describe patient populations that may benefit from nasal decolonization
  • List advantages and disadvantages of different decolonizing agents

Marin Schweizer, PhD

Marin Schweizer, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. Since 2012, she has been involved in implementing surgical site infection prevention bundles among cardiac and orthopedic surgery patients at 33 hospitals across the US. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an AHRQ funded study to assess nasal decolonization among dialysis patients in 16 hemodialysis units. She has been invited to present her research internationally in Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, Vietnam and Indonesia.

1 CNE will be provided by California Board of Nursing.

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