Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Infection Control in Healthcare
8 am – 8:50 am | Session Room 205B
As healthcare cleaning professionals, you go about your normal day of cleaning and disinfecting in many areas. The environment looks great overall. Have you ever asked yourself is the indoor healthcare environment safe from an infection control stand point? Appearance can be deceiving. Don’t be fooled, surfaces can harbor bacteria, contaminants and even major bugs such as Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff).
In many healthcare facilities, there’s a disconnect between the environmental services and infection control departments. This lack of communication can lead to a breakdown in the overall quality of care and lead to illnesses and infection. From working together to identify high-touch areas that require more frequent cleaning to identifying practices and protocols that will help reduce the risk for healthcare acquired infections.
During this presentation, we will discuss infection control and the super bugs that you may not know exist, how long they can live on surfaces, chemicals needed to clean during the process and what you can do to protect yourself and the team during the cleaning process. You will also learn proven strategies for working together with the infection prevention team 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.