2022  Iowa Virtual Infection Prevention Conference

Nov 08
7:50-8:00 am Welcome

8:00-9:00 am How Did You Know We Needed This Talk?

Karen Brust MD
This presentation reviews Dr Brust’s personal experience with burnout and includes the research that helped her find resiliency.  She will share the current evidence about how to recognize the signs of burnout and how to combat it.

9:00-10:00 am Critical Updates: AAMI ST91 for Flexible Endoscope Processing

John Whelan BSN, RN
ST91 has increasingly become a reference point for healthcare institutions and accrediting agencies in the U.S. For organizations that reference AAMI ST91 to guide their practices and policies, this is now the standard of reference. It will be important for organizations to understand changes from the previous version, as well as areas of emphasis. This presentation will provide and overview of the current guidelines for endoscope processing, as found in ST91. Related – some of the latest hot topics in endoscope processing will be described, including the future of sterilizing endoscopes and other endoscope trends and technology.

10:00-10:10 am Break

10:10-11:00 am Know Your Resources: A Review of APIC Professional Development Tools

Lisa Caffery RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
Angel Mueller MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Stephanie Holley MBA, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Participants will become familiar with professional development tools and resources. These resources will support assessment of knowledge and skills, identify opportunities for growth and provide resources to grow in the profession.


11:00-12:00 pm Cleaning and Disinfection Essentials for Long-Term Care Settings

Many long-term care infection preventionists (Ips) are unaware they are accountable for environmental cleaning and disinfection in their facilities. This session equips Ips with the essential skills necessary for compliant programs, including problematic pathogens, role of the environment in transmission, regulatory requirements, and best practices for achieving a sanitary environment.


12:00-12:30 pm Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm Advancing the Role of Infection Prevention & Control Specialist Within Water Management Programs to Reduce the Burden of Disease

Adam Moench
The purpose of this presentation is to examine the current role of the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) specialist within the team structure of a healthcare facility water management program. An IPC specialist can leverage existing skills to reduce the burden of disease cases associated with waterborne pathogens. Infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists are essential members of a water management program. This session will examine the core competencies of IPC specialists and provide tools to advance their ability to implement a successful water management program. The session will identify and review the water management program components, process, policies, and communication strategies for executing a successful risk management program for building water systems.


1:30-2:30 pm Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization Infection Prevention Basics

Angelique Dains BSN, RN, CIC  /  Oluchi Abosi MPH, CIC
Following evidence-based recommendations for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of patient care items helps to ensure that medical instruments/devices are safe to use. We will discuss the basics of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization as well as practical considerations for an Infection Preventionist. At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to identify the appropriate level of disinfection of medical/surgical equipment, correct handling of soiled instruments at point of care, and proper storage of clean, disinfected, and sterilized patient care items.


2:30-2:40 pm Break

2:40-3:40 pm Iowa Department of Health and Humans Services Role in Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

Andrew Hennenfent DVM, MPH, DACVPM
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed back years of progress made combating antimicrobial resistance (AR) in the U.S. During this same time, antifungal-resistant threats also rose in the U.S. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program provides technical assistance to healthcare providers to help prepare for and mitigate multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) threats as well as improve general infection prevention and control practices. A service that has greatly expanded over the course of the COVID-19 response and ultimately helps improve health outcomes.


3:40-4:40 pm Lessons Learned through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Deborah Burdsall PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
The focus of congregate care has been person-centered care within a home like environment. Many people rely on the support of congregate care. Vulnerable people were at the center of a perfect storm as COVID-19 struck and infection prevention interventions traditionally used for weeks have been required for months and at this point over two years. Moving forward we need a person with the time to balance infection prevention interventions with person-centered care.


4:40-5:00 pm Wrap Up