IP Schedule


Prepare for Your ASC Infection Preventionist Credential at ASCA 2018

ASC professionals who manage infection prevention programs can now earn a Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP™) credential that will help them demonstrate their expertise and stay up to date on new developments and techniques. ASCA 2018 offers attendees an opportunity to earn most of the continuing education credit they need to qualify for the exam, which will be offered for the first time this October.

ASCA’s annual meeting offers two full days of infection prevention sessions on topics including the ASC infection preventionist’s role, performing an infection prevention risk assessment, using Medicare’s ASC infection control worksheet to drive improvement, endoscope reprocessing and more. Register for the meeting today to get the resources and education you need to prepare for the exam. Learn more about the CAIP credential, the application process and the exam at https://aboutcaip.org. Registrations for the first exam must be submitted online August 1–31, 2018.

Each day’s infection prevention sessions are listed with .

For the full schedule of sessions, click here

 

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Thursday, April 12
8:00am–9:00am

Faculty:
Deborah Mack, BSN, CNOR, CASC
QRS Solutions

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: CMS requires that ASCs have "a licensed health care professional qualified through training in infection control and designated to direct the ASC's infection control program." Focus on key components of an ASC infection prevention program that are the responsibility of the infection preventionist and get guidance on how to comply. Identify ways the role of infection preventionist integrates with a multi-disciplinary approach toward a comprehensive quality assurance and performance improvement program.

9:10am–10:10am

Faculty:
Lee Anne Blackwell, RN BSN EMBA CNOR
Practice Partners in Healthcare

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Get to know the updated Medicare ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet like you have never known it before and how to put it to work inside your ASC to drive critical change and lasting improvement. Working with other ASC professionals, take a deep dive into the different sections of the worksheet. Identify and share challenges and successes related to compliance, explore the expectations of surveying authorities and find the ways your ASC can benefit.

11:15am–12:15pm

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS RN CNOR CASC
Surgical Information Systems

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Regulatory agencies require all health care providers to receive training in infection control prior to treating patients in the ASC setting. That means all credentialed staff and providers, including physicians, dentists and allied health professionals (AHPs), should have training. Is your ASC compliant? What training do you provide? How often? This presentation will give you ideas for training all staff and physicians and tips for presenting information that everyone will read.

2:20pm–3:50pm

Faculty:
Lisa Berus, RN, MSN, MEd, CASSPT
Surgical Care Affiliates

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: The Infection Control Risk Assessment is required by accreditation organizations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help facilities develop a global view of the risks that patients and staff face in their specific setting. Explore best practices for developing and conducting a risk assessment and focus on helping personnel responsible for this task understand the key components and steps to take. Learn how to collect geographic, population and services information, how to identify and score the risks and ways to prioritize the risks you uncover in your ASC in the order of magnitude. Consider goals and objectives your ASC can adopt based on the risks you identify.

 

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Friday, April 13
8:00am–9:00am

Faculty:
Hassan Bilal, CRCST CST
Medline Industries

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Examine best practices and recommendations for operating a sterile processing environment based on Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards. Describe the effects of Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome (TASS) and its relationship to decontamination, processing and sterilization of instrumentation. Focus on care, handling, cleaning and sterilization of surgical instrumentation according to manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) and the proper way to perform Immediate Use and Steam Sterilization (IUSS), also known as “flashing.” Describe Hospital Associated Infections (HAI) and how they affect patients and staff in ASCs.

11:15am–12:15pm

Faculty:
Arnaldo Valedon, MD
First Colonies Anesthesia Associates

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Reduce infections in your ASC with this overview of infections in outpatient surgery and the role of your anesthesia team in helping to prevent them. Examine predictors of infections, ways your anesthesia team can identify and eliminate them, techniques for eliminating undesirable anesthesia practices that can contribute to infections common in outpatient surgery, and actions you can expect your anesthesia team to take to prevent infections in your ASC.

2:00pm–3:30pm

Faculty:
Lauren Schneider, RN CGRN CASC CFER
AMSURG

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Endoscope reprocessing issues are in the spotlight, and surveyors are concentrating on how ASCs are educating and training their staff. Walk through simple steps to develop a customized orientation plan for new endoscope reprocessors and ongoing education and competencies in your facility as well as a plan for monthly monitoring of staff performance. Verify competencies annually on all steps of endoscope reprocessing with the comprehensive education and competency program you put in place.

3:45pm–5:15pm

Faculty:
Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CMQ/OE
STERIS Corporation

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Description: Make sure you understand all the guidelines for reprocessing medical devices that apply inside your ASC, their role in protecting patient safety and the practices your ASC can put in place to ensure compliance. Use the information from this session as a template of compliance you can carry back to your ASC. If you are planning on expanding your service line or made a change recently, you won’t want to miss this session.

 

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