Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3001 - Construction Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Leadership

Friday, June 16
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 145-146

Have you wondered how you could better make the person or department responsible for construction projects at your facility involve infection prevention in the design process, or comply with the infection control risk mitigation measures? This presentation offers practical suggestions based on traditional infection prevention practices to better empower infection preventionists to influence infection control aspects of construction projects. You will learn about the specific published standards and regulations available to support your role in both the design and the construction phases of the project. You will learn ways to establish the responsibility for day-to-day infection control risk mitigation with the project managers. You will see examples of methods to conduct tracer rounds for construction projects and will be provided examples to communicate the results of these rounds with impact. In addition, we will discuss prioritization of infection prevention involvement in construction, and the role of the Plan, Do, Check, Act method.

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Lewis Johnson

System Industrial Hygienist
Lee Health System Infection Prevention/Epidemiology
Fort Myers, Florida

Lewis Johnson is a certified industrial hygienist in Lee Health System’s Infection Prevention/Epidemiology Department. He has an MS in industrial health from the University of Michigan, and 30 years of experience in exposure assessment and contamination control. He is the author of chapters on construction in healthcare for the APIC Text Online and the APIC Construction and Renovation Manual. He regularly presents to national and regional audiences on infection prevention topics related to construction, chemical exposure, and indoor air quality. He is a member of APIC, ACGIH, AIHA, and vice chair for the AIHA Healthcare Working Group.

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Barbara Russell

Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Miami, Florida

Barbara S. Russell, RN, BSHSA, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control Services at Baptist Hospital of Miami.During her 35+ years Barbara has served as President of APIC and the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC), as a member and past Chair of APIC's Emergency Preparedness Committee, Vice President of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and as Chair of the Clinical and Ethics Committee of the Miami - Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium.She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 recipient of APIC's Presidents' Distinguished Service Award, the Carol DeMille Achievement Award and in 1988, Barbara was one of 14 nurses nationwide to receive a Certificate of Commendation from the Assistant Secretary of HHS for her work in AIDS.Barbara has served in numerous leadership roles in local and national healthcare organizations.. She is a frequent lecturer and author.

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