Pre-Conference Workshop

901 - Interactive Skills Lab: Practical Solutions to Reduce Infection Risk and Ensure Compliance through Live Clinical Simulations

Tuesday, June 13
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B114/115

The Skills Lab is a full day interactive pre-conference workshop that will provide an interactive learning environment to develop critical thinking skills and sharpen observation skills in the areas of the operating room, sterile processing, and the environment of care. Mock clinical settings will provide a relaxed atmosphere to promote discussion and activity while learning about the unique practice settings at specialized individual stations.
- The Environment of Care Lab (EOC) will go through different patient care settings to recognize EOC opportunities to help identify risks within the inpatient and outpatient clinical practice environment and offer practical solutions to reduce infection.
- The Operating Room Lab will focus on the surgical scrub, aseptic technique, and surgical skin preps.
- The Sterile Processing Lab follows instruments from point of use to decontamination and sterilization to storage including specific focus on both Endoscope and Endocavity Systems.” This station will enhance the learner’s ability to ensure your department’s compliance with complicated sterile processing procedures through discussion and hands-on activities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit participate in each station during the workshop.

Learning Objectives:


Lela Luper

Infection Preventionist
Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, Oklahoma

Lela Luper, RN, BS, CIC, FAPIC is currently Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health in Ada, OK. For seventeen years, Lela has been an infection preventionist in the rural hospital and ambulatory care setting providing her with the skills, critical thinking, and leadership abilities to promote infection prevention initiatives and patient safety. Lela has served on Member Services Committee, Branding taskforce, Annual Conference Committee, and currently serves as the Chair of Education Committee. Lela contributed to the development of the Roadmap for the Novice Infection Preventionist. She currently serves on the EPI Revision team and as faculty for the Education for the Prevention of Infection (EPI 102) course. Ms. Luper has spoken and presented at local and national APIC events as well as other local events related to the field of infection prevention and control.


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Joseph M. Scaletta

Bavaria MEDDAC, Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control
U. S. Department of Defense, Department of Army
APO, AE, New York

Joseph (Joey) Scaletta serves as the Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control for the U.S. Department of Defense, Bavaria MEDDAC,in Vilseck, Germany. Mr. Scaletta received his Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Towson University and Fort Hays State University. He serves as Chair for the APIC's Education Committee and is past President of the APIC’s Wichita Chapter. He has been board certified in Infection Control since 2007. Mr. Scaletta’s passion for international health first began in Jamaica where he served two years in the United States Peace Corps studying HIV prevalence among ante-natal and STI clinic attendees. A lifelong volunteer, he has participated in medical missions in South America with Hands Across the Americas and volunteered in West Africa during the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic with Partner's In Health.

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Kathleen Kohut

Director, Infection Prevention
Cape Cod Healthcare
Cotuit, Massachusetts

Kathleen is the Corporate Director for Cape Cod Healthcare in MA and has more than 22 years of experience in the field of infection prevention. Her clinical expertise includes surgical services where she spent more than 10 years specializing in trauma and open heart surgical procedures. Kathleen provides consultative services for Infection Prevention program management and specializes in surgical site infection prevention working with clients seeking assistance in the Operating Room, Labor and Delivery, Cath Lab, and Interventional Radiology. Kathleen is the author of many continuing education courses and articles related to infection prevention and the operating room. She recently authored the “Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology” chapter for the 2014 revision of the APIC Text. Kathleen has been an invited speaker at local, national and international APIC and AORN conferences. She is certified in Infection Control and earned her MS from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.

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Pam Falk

Healthcare Epidemiologist
Northside Hospital
Sandy Springs, Georgia

Pam Falk is a Healthcare Epidemiologist with 30 plus years of Infection Prevention experience with a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration of hospital epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She is certified in Infection Prevention (CIC), is a fellow in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (FSHEA), and a fellow in the Association of Practitioners for Infection Prevention (FAPIC).
Pam’s work has focused on infection prevention and epidemiology of control of multidrug resistant organisms such as MRSA and VRE, and the development of ICRA and legionella control programs. Most recently Pam has been involved in teaching donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, most specially that used for patients with suspected emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola. Pam currently works at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and is responsible for approximately 100 outpatient clinics, rounding daily and assessing needs from an environment of care (EOC) perspective.

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Carolyn Caughell

Infection Control Practitioner
UCSF Health
Walnut Creek, California

Carolyn Caughell, a San Francisco Bay Area Native, earned a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. She received her Masters of Nursing at University of San Francisco with an emphasis on Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management. She began her career as a bedside RN in the NICU at CHO and then transitioned toward research.

Eventually Carolyn accepted a position at UCSF with the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control where she focused on data and quantitative analysis before transitioning into the field as an ICP. Her area of focus is SPD, Peri-Op, Endoscopy, PCICU, PICU, PCTCU, Pediatric med. surg, and various clinics. She has served as a member of the UCSF Infection Control Committee and the UC Health Care Epidemiology Collaborative and is Certified in Infection Control. She is a member of APIC, AALNC, IAHCSMM, and CRCST.

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Rebecca Alvino

Infection Control Practitioner
UCSF Health
San Francisco, California

Rebecca Alvino is a perioperative and procedural infection control practitioner at UCSF Health. Prior to joining UCSF, Rebecca worked as a surgical nurse, spanning nearly 12 years in a variety of settings. She continues to work per diem as a surgical nurse, helping to reconcile best practices in infection prevention with challenges unique to the perioperative environment. Rebecca also is an RN-to-BSN academic coach for Instructional Connections, LLC. Previously, she was a public health technician, focused primarily on waterborne and zoonotic disease prevention and education.

Rebecca received her master’s degree from the University of California San Francisco, associate’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing in Syracuse, New York, and bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University at Albany. She is a member of APIC and AORN. Rebecca is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in California, and certified in infection control.

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