May 7 – 8, 2020
Registration Opens mid January 2020
Background: Each year in the United States, there are approximately 53,000,000 outpatient surgical procedures and 46,000,000 inpatient surgical procedures. For example, there are at least 18 million gastrointestinal endoscopies per year. Each of these procedures involves contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient’s sterile tissue and/or mucous membranes. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of infection. Failure to properly disinfect or sterilize medical devices and surgical instruments may lead to transmission via these devices (e.g., endoscopes contaminated with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE]). Achieving disinfection and sterilization by disinfectants and sterilization practices is essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients.
Hand hygiene is a cornerstone of preventing transmission from health care personnel to patients via contaminated hands. In addition, antiseptics are widely used in health care for skin antisepsis for invasive procedures. Low-level disinfectants are used for disinfection of non-critical environmental surfaces and equipment in health care facilities. This course will capsulize all that infection preventionists or persons reprocessing medical or surgical instruments need to know to be compliant with current standards and guidelines in disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis.
Intended Attendees: This course is intended for infection preventionists and persons responsible for reprocessing semicritical and critical instruments in healthcare (e.g., managers and staff in central sterile processing areas, staff reprocessing semicritical instruments (e.g., GI endoscopes, bronchoscopes, ENT scopes, urologic instruments) and critical instruments (e.g., surgical instruments)
Faculty: Learn from experts in this field including William A. Rutala (former Director of Hospital Epidemiology at University of North Carolina Health Care (38 years) and Director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology) who has researched and written extensively on the topic.
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