Emerging Science, Research, and Application

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

1209 - Disinfection and Sterilization: What’s New

Wednesday, June 13
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 200 DEFG

Inpatient surgical and invasive medical procedures involves contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient’s sterile tissue or mucous membranes. Failure to properly high-level disinfect or sterilize equipment may lead to transmission via contaminated instruments or devices. For example, from 2012-2015, duodenoscopes were associated with 25 outbreaks with multidrug-resistant microorganisms (e.g., CRE) that caused significant morbidity and mortality in over 250 patients. These outbreaks emphasize the need to sterilize semi-critical patient care items that secondarily contact sterile tissues. Additionally, environmental contamination plays a significant role in the transmission of several key healthcare-associated pathogens. This presentation will summarize new research, technologies, and strategies 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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