Archive ORX Session Previews 2017

Are You Fully Supporting Your Infection Preventionist?

The incredibly challenging role is only going to get tougher. It's up to you to lend a helping hand.

Phenelle Segal

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC


OR Excellence

Who's in charge of infection prevention at your facility? If you work at an ASC or HOPD, chances are whoever it is has a lot more than infection prevention on her plate. That alone makes the job extremely challenging. And when you add in the never-ending stream of new standards, new findings and new regulations, well, it can be downright overwhelming. Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, president of Infection Control Consulting Services in Delray Beach, Fla., has been on the front lines of infection control for years. In a lively show-and-tell presentation, she'll present some extreme examples of the kinds of things that can go wrong, and, more importantly, explain what it takes to make sure things go right.

The challenge for outpatient facilities. ASCs and HOPDs are required to have an infection-control program that follows nationally recognized guidelines and is directed by a qualified, licensed healthcare professional. But unlike hospitals, which are required to have one or more full-time infection-control specialists, the people designated to be in charge at ASCs and HOPDs almost always have other jobs to do, as well. It could be a staff nurse, a scrub tech or any other member of the surgical team. They not only have limited experience in infection control, they also have to wear multiple hats. It's very daunting. Administrators need to make sure their infection-control coordinators are well supported — that they have the time and resources they need.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

speaker profile
arrow Develops infection prevention and control plans, risk assessments, corrective action plans, and policies and procedures for surgery centers, hospitals, medical groups and long-term care.
arrow Conducts onsite visits to assess "best practices," and reports on findings and recommendations.
arrow Stakeholder/ member of HHS Federal Steering Committee for the elimination of healthcare-associated infections.
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