presented by Kathleen Vollman
Financial: Kathleen Vollman has a financial relationship as a Consultant with Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Center; Consultant and Speaker Bureau with Sage Products now a part of Stryker; Consultant and Speaker Bureau with Eloquest Healthcare; and Subject Matter Expert on CAUTI, CLABSI, C-diff for HERT’s Hospital Improvement Initiative Network. Kathleen Vollman receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.
Non-Financial: Kathleen Vollman has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN
Kathleen Vollman is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, and Consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including pulmonary care, critical care, prevention of health-care-acquired injuries, work culture, and sepsis recognition and management. From 1989 to 2003, she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for…Read full bio
1. HAI’s: What is the Problem?
Clinicians must understand both the clinical and financial impact of health-care-acquired infections to foster the necessary will and resources to change practice. This session addresses the magnitude of the problem, how HAIs fit into the current reimbursement structure, and the interventions that can help save patients’ lives.
2. HAI Development: Understanding the Vectors of Infection
To successfully prevent health-care-acquired infections, clinicians must know how microorganisms are transmitted within a care setting, as well as how we screen and measure that transmission. With that knowledge, the caregiver can make the necessary changes in their practice and help to control the sources of infection.
3. Source Control Strategies 1: Hands and Environment
The hands of health care workers are lethal weapons. They are the number one source of transmission of microorganisms. With greater knowledge of the evidence-based practices to address hand hygiene and environmental cleanliness, the caregiver will be an active part of the solution versus a contributor to the problem.
4. Source Control Strategies 2: The Patient
The patient’s flora, as well as inserted devices, can serve as a portal to infection. Learning global source control measures to reduce microorganisms on the patient’s skin through evidence-based bathing is key to controlling bacterial load in the environment.