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Aseptic Improvements in ORs & Hospital Acquired Infections Control

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AECOM Arlington

3101 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201

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I2SL National Capital Chapter & National Capital Region Society of Healthcare Engineers jointly invite you to our 2019 Winter Educational and Networking Event

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TWO PRESENTATIONS IN ONE GREAT EVENT!

First Presentation:

Aseptic Improvements in Operating Rooms and ICU Patient Rooms


Background: Ensuring aseptic airborne environments for sterile fields and back-instrument tables in operating rooms (OR) is crucial to reducing microbial and particle contamination during surgery. As well, there is an increasing need to perform invasive surgical procedures in intensive care units (ICU). Traditional ICUs differ from operating rooms (OR) in several ways, including air changes per hour (ACH) and pressurization. Increased ACH and positive pressurization of ORs intends to provide more aseptic environments for surgery.

Key Topics:

  • Why is the Topic of Aseptic Improvements Necessary?

  • Sources of Airborne Pathogens in the Operating Rooms and ICU Patient Rooms

  • Standardized Simulated Surgical Procedure

  • Peer Review Journal Publications

  • Particulate and Microbial Internally Generated Contaminants

  • Where Did the Operating Rooms Particulate Levels Rank on Cleanliness?

  • USP Approach to Environmental Monitoring and Controls

  • Air Distribution Systems Effectiveness in Eliminating Contamination in Critical Zones

Objectives:

  • Learn methodologies for assuring adequate environmental conditions in operating rooms and ICU Patient Rooms

  • Hear the importance of including supply/return/exhaust air distribution, sterile techniques, room configuration, traffic, and indoor environmental parameters including temperature, pressure, relative humidity, and particle counts influence optimum operating room programming and design.

  • Using efficient mode transitioning systems in ICUs may be effective in creating a more aseptic environment that mimics that of the OR.

1st Presenter: Jennifer Wagner

MANAGING PARTNER / INFECTION PREVENTION TEAM LEADER, ONSITE LEAD INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Wagner has nearly 20 years of experience in environmental and clinical microbiology. She holds a B.S. in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California. She is board certified in infection prevention and control. Since 2011 she has focused her efforts and expertise on reducing risk and managing liability for the healthcare industry in the area of Infection Prevention. Dr. Wagner frequently publishes in top journals, including the American Journal of Infection Control and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal.

2nd Presenter: Damon G. Greeley

MANAGING PARTNER / ENVIRONMENT OF CARE TEAM LEADER, ONSITE TEAM FACILITIES ENGINEERING

For over 20 years, Damon has had experience in research, planning, assessment, design, and implementation of healthcare infrastructure systems. He holds the following certifications and accreditations: CEM (Certified Energy Manager), HFDP (Healthcare Facility Design Professional), CBCP (Certified Building Commissioning Professional), EDAC (Evidence Based Design), and CHFM (Certified Healthcare Facility Manager). His vision is to continuously improve infection prevention in the healthcare built and operations environment through actively engaging innovation and creativity.

Second Presentation:

Airborne Contamination, Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) and ACTIVE Particle Control Technology



Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) impact millions of patients and cost the healthcare industry $10’s of billions each year. Few hospital initiatives receive as much attention as infection control with campaigns and training around hand-washing and other methods to mitigate pathogen transmission.

The development of new technology in environmental methods to reduce airborne transmission of disease has been stagnant. Airborne transmission of pathogens in hospital intensive care units (ICU) is both common and deadly in spite of current best engineering practices. Methods to effectively remove and kill airborne pathogens are for the most part, non-existent. As current building standards (including hospitals) call for tighter envelops, indoor air quality has plummeted.

Join us for a Healthcare perspective on the State of Indoor Air Quality and how the deployment of performance-based technologies can directly impact HAI’s.

Presented by: Mark Ereth, MD

EMERITUS PROFESSOR - MAYO CLINIC COLLEGE OF MEDICINE / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, APRI HEALTH INC. & TRANSFUSE SOLUTIONS, INC.

Dr. Ereth’s career has been marked by innovation and collaboration. In his 25 years at Mayo he provided anesthesia and critical care to over 10,000 patients and authored more than one hundred peer reviewed journal articles and abstracts. He holds multiple patents for medical devices and upon retirement from the Mayo Clinic he founded Apri Health, Inc., where his team focuses on novel analytic solutions to common problems of patient safety and over-utilization. Mark also co-founded Cheetah Development, a non-profit based on a novel method of funding, Micro-Venture Capital. Cheetah is finding, funding, and mentoring entrepreneurs in rural Tanzania, creating whole new economies.


Event Transportation/Parking Options:

  • METRO - Clarendon Metro Station (ORANGE line) is right across the street
  • PARKING - Paid public parking at the building + street parking

Networking Before and After Presentations:

  • Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided
  • Opportunity to network with key business contact and industry professionals
  • Meet local peers and like-minded professionals

Questions about this event?

Please contact I2SL NCC Director, Adel Abumohor at: 571-218-1295 (adel.abumohor@jacobs.com), or I2SL NCC President, Dave Tash, at 202-553-9050 (dt9884@aol.com)

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