Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

2505 - A Journey through SPD: Turning a Surgeon's Nightmare into an Infection Preventionist's Dream!

Thursday, June 15
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 117-119

Central sterile processing is a world of its own, one that an infection preventionist must work very hard at to understand and to make an impact. New infection preventionists struggle with how to learn and succeed in a sterile processing department (SPD) and experienced infection preventionists must keep up with the latest and greatest knowledge, recommendations, and practices. The second an infection preventionist turns their back on sterile processing, everything falls apart. The SPD frequently can be the center of an infection prevention nightmare that can be easily overlooked when the infection preventionist is not an integral part in the SPD process improvement and everyday protocols. The infection preventionist must learn to feel comfortable in SPDs and know what questions to ask, what to look for, and how to create change to increase patient safety.
Participants in this session will take a journey through all areas of the SPD, including decontamination, sterile storage, prep and pack, and even the OR, complete with pictures of what to look for that is correct and also common errors, problems, and opportunities for improvement. Many infection preventionists shy away from visiting SPDs because they are not comfortable with them. This presentation will walk them through all areas, give simple ideas for improvement, and even provide a sample audit to guide them in what to look for and how to fix it.
The infection preventionist that is comfortable becoming "part of the scenery" in the SPD is one that is effective in the OR and will decrease surgical site infections through SPD process improvement and teamwork.

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Jill Holdsworth

Manager, Infection Prevention
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Jill Holdsworth obtained a BS in biology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a MS in exercise science from Marshall University. She began her career as a cardiac rehab therapist in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2009, Jill followed her now-husband to the Washington, D.C. area, where she began working as the patient safety officer and infection preventionist with Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2010, Jill became CIC and soon after took a job with Inova Health System as an infection control practitioner. She is also a nationally registered EMT. Jill currently works as an infection preventionist for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Jill became involved in APIC in 2009 with the D.C. chapter, becoming the secretary in 2012, president-elect in 2013, and president in 2014. Jill was the 2015-2016 APIC Emergency Management Chairman and is currently the AAMI Protective Barriers Committee Co-chair. Jill also was awarded APIC Fellowship status in 2016.

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Karoline Sperling

Infection Preventionist
Park Nicollet Health Services
St Louis Park, Minnesota

Karoline Sperling, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, CIC is currently an infection preventionist for Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and has almost 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her background includes working as a clinical microbiologist before moving into infection prevention. She has over eight years of experience in the field and is board certified in infection prevention and control.
Karoline has a Masters of Public Health degree in environmental health and Bachelors of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of APIC and has been a member of the APIC MN Conference Committee for eight years, serving as conference chair in 2013, and also a current member of the APIC National Annual Conference Committee.

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