Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Infection Control in Healthcare
8 am – 8:50 am | Session Room 205 CD
As healthcare cleaning professionals, front-line staff are mandated to clean and disinfect multiple areas to ensure the environment appears clean. However, appearances may be deceiving as many surfaces harbor bacteria, contaminants and even super bugs such as Clostridium Difficile (c.Diff). Within healthcare facilities, there appears to be a disconnect between environmental services and infection control departments which, if not corrected, can lead to a breakdown in the overall quality of care, or lead to illnesses and infection. In the Healthcare Infection Control session, this disconnect will be addressed and broken down. From working together to identify high-touch areas that require more frequent cleaning, to outlining practices and protocols that will help reduce the risk of healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), this session will look at proven infection control procedures, as well as the tactics cleaning professionals can utilize to control the super bugs that may become problematic if they don’t work together. Participants will also learn proven strategies for working together through tactics such as the “Three Cs” (Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation).
Michael Patterson, MNA, MESRE. As a professional speaker, Executive Housekeeper and current Executive Director of the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), a Division of ISSA, Michael Patterson – Master Registered Executive Housekeeper, knows a lot about what it takes to become a successful leader. An IEHA member for 30 years, Patterson earned his certification in 1991 and become registered three short years later. He earned his associate degree in management and business administration from Wright Junior College in 2004. He later received a bachelor’s degree from the Board of Governors with a focus in Human Resources Management from Chicago State University, and a Master’s in Non-profit Management from North Park University. He served as President of the Chicago Chapter of IEHA from 2005 to 2007. Michael was the Executive Housekeeper at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.