Patient Safety NOW - Infection Prevention and Control

Online Summit | October 20, 2021



Patient Safety Now is PSQH’s exclusive online summit taking place on October 20, 2021. To celebrate International Infection Prevention Week, this free event features sessions on topics including antibiotic stewardship, reducing healthcare-associated infections, and infection prevention strategies. 

Antibiotic overuse and spread of antibiotic resistant infections in the pandemic

Time: 11:00 AM EDT

What led to antibiotic use in a viral pandemic and how can we optimize it in the future?

This presentation gives details and data about antibiotic use in the pandemic and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections nationally and internationally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe antibiotic overuse in the pandemic
  • Identify cognitive biases that lead to antibiotic misuse
  • Explain how infection control lapses may have led to increased healthcare-associated infections in the pandemic



Payal K. Patel, MD MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Health System, Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship, VA Ann Arbor

Sponsored by

Value Institute for Health and Care at UT Austin

GOJO – The Makers of PURELL




Better is Possible

Time: 12:05 PM EDT

Hand hygiene is important, yet performance is still suboptimal in most healthcare facilities. Historically, the focus of hand hygiene improvement has been on the behavior of frontline healthcare workers. Training and education are usually the first-line countermeasures for improvement, and while a baseline level of knowledge is necessary, it’s largely insufficient to change ingrained hand hygiene habits. During this webinar, we’ll discuss how healthcare facilities can benefit from examining hand hygiene as a system or process problem rather than strictly a people problem. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the “Trap of Understanding” and recognize how it can inhibit progress in hand hygiene improvement.
  • Explain the importance of shifting the focus from hand hygiene behavior of healthcare workers to include the systems and processes that contribute to those behaviors.
  • Describe how defining and measuring action-based leading indicators can help improve hand hygiene performance results.



Lori Moore, MPH, BSN, RN, CPPS, Clinical Educator, Healthcare, GOJO Industries


Sponsored by: GOJO – The Makers of PURELL



Implementation of CHG Bathing in an Academic Medical Center: Journey to reducing hospital acquired infections

Time: 01:10 PM EDT

How does an Infection Preventionist implement a system wide process change to reduce hospital acquired infections? Join us as Dr. Fitzpatrick takes us through her journey to reduce infections at her hospital via daily patient bathing with CHG. She will cover HAI statistics, the key stakeholders involved, intervention strategies, the process change rollout plan, and the return on investment the hospital experienced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how daily bathing with CHG can be an effective part of an infection prevention bundle.
  • Be aware of the key stakeholders needed to implement process change for the bathing protocol.
  • Understand the return on investment that a hospital might realize when selecting CHG bathing to be part of their infection reduction bundle.



Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Clinical Director Medical Practices, Clinical Practices, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center


Sponsored by: Molnlycke



Panel discussion: Infection Control Strategies to Protect Care Teams and Patients

Time: 02:15 PM EDT

Our panel discusses key infection prevention strategies to keep both your caregivers and patients safe in a post-coronavirus world, including:

  • New standards of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers
  • Technology that is essential to effective infection prevention policies and procedures
  • Best practices that reduce healthcare workers’ risks of self-contamination
  • Strategies to protect and connect care teams in isolation and beyond



Ben Kanter, MD, FCCP, Chief Medical Information Officer, Vocera Communications, Inc.

Marge McFarlane, PHD, MT(ASCP), CJCP, CHSP, CHFM, HEM, MEP, Partner, Superior Performance, LLC

Frank Federico, RPh, Vice President and Senior Safety Expert, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)


Sponsored by: Vocera



Infection Surveillance: Ensure Healthcare Continuity Today and Tomorrow

Time: 3:20 PM EDT

It’s never been more critical to support, fund, and provide evolving tools to Infection Prevention & Control teams, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs and Occupational Health Services. Listen to a patient’s journey through the care continuum and critical points where surveillance tools helped identify and mitigate pathogen transmission.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Understand how the current global health crisis is shaping the care continuum of tomorrow.
  • Identify how clinical surveillance can help bring attention to high-risk infection patients with proactive identification of drug resistant HAIs.
  • Learn how instant contact tracing reports can help IPs prevent and mitigate HAIs, MDROs and communicable diseases from spreading.



Yves Crehore, Director, Clinical Surveillance, RLDatix 


Sponsored by: RLDatix


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