Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3601 - Disinfection and Sterilization: What's New?

Friday, June 16
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, A 105-106

In the United States in 2010, there were approximately 51 million inpatient surgical procedures and an even larger number of invasive medical procedures. For example, there are about 11 million gastrointestinal endoscopies per year. Each of these procedures involves contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient’s sterile tissue or mucous membranes. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of pathogenic microbes, which can lead to infection. Thus, failure to properly high-level disinfect or sterilize equipment may lead to transmission via contaminated instruments or devices. Additionally, data demonstrate that environment leads to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and improved disinfection and room decontamination technology reduces HAIs. The purpose of this presentation is to summarize new research, technology/innovations, and practices in the area of disinfection and sterilization that will improve disinfection and sterilization practices in healthcare facilities and reduce HAIs.

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William A. Rutala

Research Professor
UNC School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Bill Rutala is the Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology and a Research Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine. He was the Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals for 38 years before retiring in May 2017. He is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve and is certified in infection control. He has been an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (a former member of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee [HICPAC], 1999-2003), the Food and Drug Administration (a former member of the General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel on Antimicrobial Research Strategies for Disinfectants) and the Federal Trade Commission. He serves on the editorial board of the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and The Journal of Hospital Infection. He has more than 600 publications (peer-review articles, books, book chapters, brief reports) in the fields of disinfection and sterilization to include several guidelines (e.g., CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities), and the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Rutala is the only person to have a “named” award in his honor from the two international infection prevention professional societies in the US…APIC (William A. Rutala Research Award) and SHEA (William A. Rutala Scholarship).


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Barbara A. Smith

Infection preventionist
Mount Sinai St. Luke's/ Mount Sinai West
New York, New York

Barbara A. Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC, FAPIC is an Infection Preventionist at Mount SInai St. Luke's/Mount Sinai West in New York City. She is also an independent consultant for ambualtory surgery centers, dialysis centers and endoscopy centers in the metropolitan NYC area.


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