Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority participated in a national project led by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The participating Pennsylvania facilities successfully reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates by 54 percent and reduced catheter-use rates by 3 percent. The 14-month collaboration assisted 15 participating facilities to reduce unnecessary catheter use, improve the facility’s safety culture, and introduced tools from the Authority and HRET to enable them to sustain their results.
The partnership with HRET and the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI began in late 2014 to develop and implement an infection prevention and safety program to support long-term care (LTC) facilities in adopting evidence-based infection prevention practices. The goals of this collaboration were to reduce CAUTIs and improve safety culture. The participants were offered educational and expert resources from HRET and the Authority’s infection prevention analysts throughout the project. Areas of focus included team building, collaboration between facilities, data analysis, sustainability, and evidence-based infection prevention practices.
The presenters will discuss the methods and tools the facilities used to achieve overall success to improve the infection prevention designee job performance, use program tools to increase staff knowledge about infection control, and identify specific areas to direct infection control resources and decrease CAUTI.
Infection Prevention Analyst
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
JoAnn Adkins is a registered nurse and board-certified infection preventionist with 12 years’ experience in infection prevention and control. JoAnn has practiced for over 35 years in critical care, quality, and infection prevention. She is currently employed as an infection prevention analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. In her role at the Patient Safety Authority, she works with healthcare facilities to improve patient safety through infection prevention initiatives. She is a member of APIC and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She has provided educational programs on infection control topics for patient safety organizations, hospitals, long-term care, and ambulatory surgery systems. She has authored infection prevention and control articles and her work has been published in the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Advisory.
Senior Infection Prevention Aalyst
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Sharon Bradley is a registered nurse and a board-certified infection preventionist. Ms. Bradley has practiced for over 45 years in clinical, education, risk, administrative, and patient safety roles in both acute and long- term care. She is currently employed as a Senior Infection Prevention Analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. She serves on the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Delaware Valley Chapter’s board of directors. Sharon has presented at national conferences for the CDC, APIC and AVA. She has authored multiple infection prevention and control journal articles, and has provided educational programs on infection control topics for risk management and patient safety organizations, hospitals, long term care and ambulatory surgery. She is an infection prevention lecturer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
Manager, Infection Prevention
Munson Medical Center
Traverse City, Michigan
Salah S. Qutaishat, Ph.D. CIC. FSHEA, FAPIC
Ph.D., Microbiology Department, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. (1983-1988)
M.S., Medical Biology, C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York. (1981-1983)
Graduate Diploma, Counseling and Guidance, Faculty of Education, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. (1979-1981)
B.Sc., Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Manager, Infection Prevention, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI (August 2015-Present)
Sr. Clinical Advisor, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Sector, Diversey Inc., Sturtevant, WI (October 2011- July 2015)
President, OnPrevention Consulting, (June 2011-Present)
Director, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Healthcare Informatics Division, Premier Inc., Charlotte, NC. (June 2007-June 2011)
Director of Infection Control and Prevention, Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee, WI. (November 2005-June 2007)
Senior Infection Control Epidemiologist, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, WI. (1998-2005)
Clinical Epidemiology Consultant, the Scarborough General Hospital, Ontario, Canada. (August 2003)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Healthcare Infection Society (HIS).
PUBLICATIONS: Numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and several presentations at international and national scientific conferences.
Wednesday, June 14
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Friday, June 16
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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