Continuous Quality Improvement
30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes
The role of the environment in the transmission of zoonotic diseases and the need for an effective environmental sanitation program that will help reduce the risk of transmission and overall bioburden within a facility has become the focus of many research studies. With the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms and a lack of new treatments becoming available to cure the infections, it has become clear that the greatest potential for improvement within our healthcare system lies in preventing healthcare-associated infections rather than finding new ways to cure them. Disinfectants are the first line of defense against pathogens wanting to wage war on your healthcare facility. But is your disinfectant really providing you with the protection your patients and staff deserve? Over the past several years, there has been a paradigm shift to actually consider the cause and effect of improper cleaning techniques and undereducated cleaning staff. The importance of giving careful consideration to choosing a cleaner, disinfectant, or cleaner-disinfectant is often overlooked. This, however, is paramount to the successful implementation of an overall cleaning and disinfection program. At the end of the seminar, by using the concept of disinfection dysfunction along with peer-reviewed literature, participants will be able to identify the desired traits of disinfectants, develop a greater understanding of disinfectant product labels, ensure that the method of application will meet the facility’s needs, and delve into practices for using disinfectants to minimize occupational health and safety concerns. This session will be of interest to anyone involved in the selection of products and implementation of cleaning and disinfection programs.
Vice President, Professional and Technical Services
Virox Technologies Inc.
Nicole Kenney has 20 years of experience as a technical consultant, educator, trainer, and author working in the fields of environmental science, environmental hygiene, and chemical disinfection for infection prevention. As vice president of professional and technical services at Virox Technologies, Inc., Nicole heads the team responsible for infection prevention education relating to chemical disinfection for hands, surfaces, and devices, and clinical studies for both the human and animal health markets. Nicole has authored several articles for infection prevention and sanitation trade magazines as well as several peer-reviewed publications. In 2014, Nicole was named one of Infection Control Today’s Who’s Who in Infection Prevention. Nicole’s passion for educating also includes a weekly blog called “Talk Clean To Me” that discusses the use of disinfectants on surfaces, devices, and hands, and their effective use for infection prevention.
Friday, June 16
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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
Thursday, June 15
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Friday, June 16
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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