30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) provide care for high-risk infants, including extremely low gestational age and weight. Neonates admitted to NICUs are critically ill and are exposed to prolonged invasive life support procedures and frequent antibiotic regimens. They are in this environment often times for weeks to months. These factors increase the chance of healthcare-associated conditions including infections or colonization with organisms spread to them by caregivers. Surveillance in the NICU requires regular monitoring of microbiology cultures to quickly identify potential outbreaks of unusual organisms or to identify a trend that is above the baseline. Once an increase in trend or an unusually high number of isolates is identified, it is imperative to determine if this is an outbreak. A cluster of Serratia marcescens in our NICU within in a 5-day period prompted an investigation into probable sources for this potential outbreak. This presentation will clearly demonstrate how to perform surveillance, initial steps taken to decrease further spread of the organism, and the outbreak investigation process. It will describe the development of case definition, line list elements, needed and type of graphs, and reporting requirements to the local health authority. Included will be the use of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis serotyping to help identify direct spread of an identical organism. The target audience is the beginner to proficient infection preventionist.
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri
Yolanda Ballam is an infection preventionist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Children’s Mercy Hospital is a 354-bed freestanding pediatric hospital with two acute care campuses and extensive emergency and ambulatory care services. Yolanda received her bachelor’s degree in university studies from the University of New Mexico. During her 10 years’ experience in research labs as a research assistant/technician, she was a contributing author for numerous abstracts and publications. Yolanda became an infection preventionist and obtained CIC in 2005 and completed the CDC/SHEA training course in healthcare epidemiology in 2015. She’s active in her local APIC chapter and has served roles from treasurer, president, and board member to her current role as chair of the chapter Community Outreach Committee. Yolanda has presented posters at national APIC Conferences and at IDWeek on topics such as postexposure prophylaxis during the H1N1 pandemic.
Certified Infection Preventionist
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Julie Richards has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with experience in home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, behavioral health, and adult and pediatric acute care. She is certified in epidemiology and infection prevention and control. As an infection preventionist, she develops, manages, and coordinates processes related to infection control in the acute, ambulatory, and behavioral health settings. Her education management experience assists her in devising infection control education for staff, patients, communities, and families. Julie belongs to the APIC Greater Kansas City chapter, in which she’s served as Community Outreach chairperson, Educational Conference Planning Committee member, and currently as the social media coordinator and serves on the board as treasurer. Julie has also received the SHEA Healthcare Epidemiology Certificate. She believes that infection prevention is everybody’s responsibility and through education and best practices, providers can deliver safe and effective healthcare services.
Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Children's Health, Dallas
Pat Jackson is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Children’s Health in Dallas Texas. She has been an Infection Preventionist for 23 years and has been certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology since 1996. Jackson was an inaugural member of APIC's Fellow class. Pat has served in various positions in both the local APIC DFW chapter as well as national APIC in which she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Pat was chosen as a Covidien Hero of Infection Prevention in 2008, a DFW Great 100 nurse in 2014 and a D magazine Excellence in Nursing award winner in 2016. In 2005 her team was responsible for the recall of an FDA approved device that was contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia. Pat received her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from Baylor University.
Thursday, June 15
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
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