|LATE BREAKER: INFECTION CONTROL IN THE NEWS.|
LESSONS, QUESTIONS AND WHAT NEXT?
|DESCRIPTION||Recent infection control breaches indicate systematic problems in infection control compliance and suggest a need to redouble efforts by all in improving the system. This session will review recent events, causes (root cause analyses), process improvement opportunities, and reporting requirements with a patient safety theme and a risk management focus. The CDC will describe outbreak protocols and the OSAP audience will have a conversation on how to manage complex, rapidly-changing situations from a variety of stakeholder groups and how to better assure compliance with recommended infection control recommendations. there are lessons learned from the Oklahoma, West Virginia, New Mexico and other incidents to better explain the process breakdown and factors that can be "insulators" (e.g look for the single points of failure, personality dependent systems like only one person knowing how to work the sterilizer). The audience will gain the knowledge that they have the tools to implement additional measures and standards.|
After attending this panel presentation, participants should be able to:
- Describe several recent infection control breaches covered in the popular press
- Delineate the root cause analysis process to apply to these breaches
- Identify the roles of clinicians, consultants, educators, sales personnel, state and federal dental public health officials and the press in:
- initiating outbreak investigations
- managing communications and other key activities
- List several prevention strategies that can be employed to avoid potential breaches
- List evidence-based and other trusted resources available to assist in prevention and management of infection control breaches.
This program is supported through an educational grant from