Continuous Quality Improvement

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

3202 - Dedicated Reprocessing Staff: Providing Proficiencies by Centralizing High-Level Disinfection

Friday, June 16
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 115-116

Equipment and instrumentation that requires high-level disinfection (HLD) can involve many steps in reprocessing and can be prone to noncompliance, especially when staff members are tasked with multiple role responsibilities. This session will identify the advantages of reprocessing centralization such as staffing, financial implications, and compliance. Common barriers will be identified in order to develop strategies that will make your program successful. This presentation will show how we successfully reduced HLD reprocessing sites by 70 percent in our inpatient and outpatient areas from 15 to five areas. A quality improvement project that creates dedicated staff, consistent compliance, and proficiency is our goal to mitigate potential transmission risks associated with reusable medical equipment.

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Darlene Carey

System Director Infection Prevention and Control
Gwinnett Medical Center
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Darlene Carey is currently a doctoral candidate and serves as the system director of infection prevention and control at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She also serves as the vice chair for APIC’s Practice Guidance Committee. Ms. Carey has developed numerous risk assessment tools and has presented these tools at national workshops on optimal utilization of risk assessments and identifying and mitigating infection risks for the GI lab. In keeping with her affectionate title of “Scope Czar” and her focus on endoscope reprocessing, she recently authored an article entitled “Two Teams, One Shared Goal”, collaborating with gastroenterology and infection prevention colleagues to become infection prevention champions! Ms. Carey continues to focus on patient safety and reducing risk by providing operational proficiency.

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Sue Sebazco

Infection Prevention/Employee Health Director
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Bedford, Texas

Sue is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Director at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, TX since 1983. Sue is an RN (Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing in Camden, NJ), BS (University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois), MBA (Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She was the 1986 DFW APIC Chapter President and Chair of the Rural Health Outreach Program Task Force. She was a member of several National APIC Program Committees, and Chair of the 1997 Program. She served terms on the APIC Board of Directors from 1998 through 2001, President Elect 2004, President 2005, Past President in 2006. She chaired the former Governmental Affairs Committee and was a member of the Nominating and Awards Committee. She is the 2013 recipient of APIC’s Distinguished Service Award. She contributed to the APIC Text of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology and has presented nationally and internationally.

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