86 Emerging Issues in Environmental Infection Control

Sunday, April 3, 2011: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Chantilly Ballroom - WEST (Hilton Anatole)
CME Credits: 1.50
Type: Symposia
Summary: Environmental contamination in healthcare facilities plays an important role in disease transmission. This symposium will discuss three emerging areas of concern with regard to environmental contamination and measures that can prevent environmental mediated transmission. First, a method will be presented by Dr. Rutala for assessing at risk patients of disease acquisition if there is a failure of disinfection or sterilization. A 14-step procedure for assessing risk will be presented. Second, reviews on recent outbreaks of bloodborne pathogens (e.g., hepatitis C) that have occurred in ambulatory healthcare facilities. The mechanisms of disease transmission and methods to prevent future outbreaks will be discussed. Finally, Dr. MacCannell will present the most recent HICPAC recommendations for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated norovirus infection. The faculty will provide the science behind these recommendations.
Learning Objectives:
Endorsed by:
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Matthew J. Arduino, MS, DrPh and Philip Carling, MD

4:30 PM
How to Assess the Risk of Disease Transmission When There Is a Failure of Disinfection/Sterilization
William Rutala, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
5:00 PM
Hepatitis B and C in Non-Hospital Settings: Outbreak and Public Health Response
Zack Moore, MD, MPH, North Carolina Division of Public Health
5:30 PM
Implementing the New Norovirus Guidelines: Focus on Environmental Issues
Taranisia MacCannell, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention