International Issues In Infection Prevention

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

2503 - Global Pediatric Infection Care and Prevention: A Multimodal Approach for Improvement

Thursday, June 15
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, A 107-109

Optimal infection prevention and control (IPC) practices are fundamental to the quality and safety of hospital care. Infection is a common cause of treatment-related mortality in patients with cancer, especially for those in low-resource settings. Since 2005, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St. Jude) has been working to improve IPC in pediatric cancer units (PCUs) at international sites by improving local healthcare capacity. To date, the St. Jude Global Pediatric Medicine Department – Infectious Diseases initiative has worked with 9 PCUs in Latin America. We have improved IPC practices at these international sites by implementing a multimodal strategy. This presentation will identify lessons learned and next steps for improving patient safety among pediatric cancer patients in low-resource settings.

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Miguela A. Caniza

Associate Member, St Jude Faculty, Dr Global Infectious Diseases Program
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Caniza received her MD at the School of Medicine of the National University in Asunción, Paraguay; and her MPH from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She completed Pediatric Residency at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York; and Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases and she has more than 15-year experience in international pediatric infectious diseases. Currently, she is a faculty member of the departments of Global Pediatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases of St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Globally, she builds and directs the Global Infectious Diseases Program and provides healthcare for infected immunocompromised children at St. Jude. In 2012 she received the “HERO” award from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control of America for her work to improve capacity of preventionists of infections throughout Latin America.


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Miriam Gonzalez

International Epidemiology Coordinator
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Miriam González, MD, is a pediatrician and native of El Salvador. She has a diverse academic record, which includes a master’s degree in health promotion and education from the University of Memphis. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dr. González has been actively involved in improving the survival of children with cancer by designing and implementing infection control and educational quality improvement initiatives at international sites. She is responsible for and participates in the planning, management, and outcome evaluation of assigned infection control and infectious diseases projects at international sites, specifically at St. Jude partner institutions that work with the Infectious Diseases Initiative of the St. Jude International Outreach Program. Her research interests include teaching and learning infection control competencies with new and emerging technologies, issues in distance education, and integrating technologies and health behavior theories into healthcare educational environments in developing countries.


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Nicole Nomides

Manager, Infection Prevention & Epidemiology
Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nicole Nomides earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1996. She completed her internship at the St John Laboratories School of Medical Technology and received MT (ASCP) certification in 2000. She earned her Master of Science degree in Health Services from Madonna University in 2005. She has been CIC certified since 2007, and FAPIC certified since 2017. Nicole has worked as an Infection Preventionist since 2004, and is currently employed as Manager of the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology department at the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers. Her areas of expertise include Critical Care, Operating Room, and the Sterile Processing Department. She has served on the Board of the APIC-Great Lakes Chapter as President, Bylaws, Nominations, Secretary, and Program Chairs, and is currently a member of the national APIC Membership Services Committee.


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