Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3301 - Diversion By Healthcare Personnel: The Role of the Infection Preventionist

Friday, June 16
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 145-146

Drug diversion by healthcare personnel is universal among facilities in the United States. Although there have been several widely publicized outbreaks of bloodborne infection due to diversion, few facilities have a formal process to address it, and few involve infection prevention and control when diversion is discovered. Infection preventionists must have a key role in assessing and mitigating the risk of transmission of infection resulting from diversion in healthcare facilities and in coordinating outreach to patients who may have been victims of diversion.

Learning Objectives:

Kimberly New

Executive Director
International Health Facility Diversion Association
Knoxville, Tennessee

Kim is a specialist in controlled substance security and DEA regulatory compliance and consults with healthcare facilities across the country. She has made a career of assisting facilities starting and refining their drug diversion programs, with a goal of protecting patients from the harm that is frequently associated with diversion. Kim is a nurse and an attorney. She is the cofounder and Executive Director of the International Health Facility Diversion Association, and a member of the Executive Board of the Partnership for Safe Medicines.


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Sarah Smathers

Manager Infection Prevention and Control
Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sarah Smathers, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is the Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Sarah has conducted research in infectious diseases and infection prevention and control in the areas of Clostrium difficile, multidrug-resistant organisms, and healthcare-associated infection prevention. She has worked in infection prevention at CHOP since 2009, was CIC certified in 2010, and became an APIC Fellow in 2016. She is the vice chair of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee at CHOP and serves on the Awards and Nominating Committee for the APIC Delaware Valley chapter and the Public Policy Committee for national APIC. She has presented abstracts at national conferences, including SHEA and IDWeek, and has published on the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases. Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and master of public health in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan.


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