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GOJO and Global Thought Leaders Share Future of Healthcare Hand Hygiene Compliance at APIC

Jane Kirk

5/28/2014


By Jane Kirk MSN RN CIC


Former Clinical Director Healthcare, GOJO Industries

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is holding its 41st Annual Conference June 7-9. GOJO Industries, is hosting at APIC, the GOJO Interactive Breakfast Symposium: The Present and Future of Hand Hygiene Compliance Measurement: Addressing the Challenge and Opportunities on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anaheim Pacific.

This symposium is important because hand hygiene is a fundamental component of Infection Prevention programs in healthcare settings. The CDC has stated that the number one way to prevent the spread of infection is through hand hygiene and the Joint Commission requires not only measurement of hand hygiene compliance, but also a process in place to improve the compliance rates. Measuring hand hygiene compliance has proven to be a challenge to Infection Preventionists.

Four world renowned Infection Prevention thought leaders will meet on June 7, 2014 at APIC for an interactive symposium to discuss the present and future of hand hygiene compliance measurement. The speakers include:

  • Didier Pittet, MD, MS, Hospital Epidemiologist, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Claire Kilpatrick, RN, PGDip, Registered Nurse with an MSc who managed the World Health Organization’s First Global Patient Safety Challenge and WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. She is currently a consultant to the World Health Organization.
  • Phil Polgreen, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at The University of Iowa and leads the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Emerging Infections Network.
  • William Jarvis, MD, Board-certified in pediatrics and board-eligible in pediatric infectious diseases. He worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a number of leadership roles and established Jason and Jarvis Associates, a consulting company in epidemiology, infectious diseases and HAI prevention and Control.

Kelly Pyrek, Editor in Chief, Infection Control Today will serve as the moderator. During a two hour facilitated discussion involving audience response to questions, the symposium will begin with Professor Didier Pittet presenting The World Health Organization measurement tools for direct observation and the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene. He will also discuss the current state of Point of Care hand hygiene.

Claire Kilpatrick will describe new approaches to staff engagement in hand hygiene. Dr. Phil Polgreen will provide the audience with information on emerging technologies used to measure hand hygiene electronically including iScrub, Activity Monitoring Systems and Real Time Locator Systems. Dr. William Jarvis will present lessons from recent studies and discuss accountability in healthcare related to hand hygiene compliance. This interactive symposium will provide ample time for questions and answers from these hand hygiene experts. Breakfast will be provided and CE credits are also available for those that attend.

This is the third annual hand hygiene symposium that GOJO has sponsored before an APIC Conference. These speakers will share their passion for hand hygiene, and undoubtedly provide new ways of thinking about measuring and promoting hand hygiene.

Don’t delay and register for this important event today.

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