June 8, 2023

CASA's On-Demand Infection Prevention Seminar Registration - Sign up today!


Virtual Infection Prevention and Surveillance Seminar


CASA’s Annual Infection Prevention Seminar has become recognized as one of the premier ASC IP seminars in the country.

Keeping up with the demands for infection prevention & surveillance is critical.  Accreditation bodies will be looking to assure your center has the most current policies and training.  CASA has secured an outstanding group of industry experts to provide you with this critical information.  This seminar is designed to provide materials to meet the CMS requirements of ongoing mandatory infection prevention training, as well as cover the components recognized by the Certified ASC Infection Preventionist (CAIP).

This program has been approved for up to 11.0 contact hours of AEUs / IPCHs by BASC Provider #7990 and up to 11.0 contact hours of California Board of Registered Nursing provider #CEP17697.

The On-Demand course consists of three sessions. Register for one session or multiple sessions! Members receive a discount for each additional session.

ASC Infection Prevention BASIC TRAINING

ASC Infection Prevention DIGGING DEEPER

ASC Infection Prevention in the GI CENTER

MEMBER RATE 1 Session $245
MEMBER RATE 2 Sessions $395
MEMBER RATE 3 Sessions $450
NON-MEMBER RATE 1 Session $350
NON-MEMBER RATE 2 Sessions  $700
NON-MEMBER RATE 3 Sessions $1050


IP Basic Training

Developing an IP Plan and Annual Risk Assessment
Teresa Brundige, RN, BSN; Senior Clinical Director, American Group

In this session, you will learn the key elements of an Infection Prevention Plan and what your responsibilities are as the Infection Preventionist in an ASC.  The IP Plan is a living document that you will create and use throughout the year to manage the surveillance activities and infection prevention in your facility.  Part of this plan is performing an annual risk assessment which helps to define the areas of highest risk for your patients, staff and ASC, and the importance up updating this tool on an ongoing basis.

Decontamination & Safe Handling of Reusable Devices
Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CQM/OE, ASQ CQA, ASQ CSSYB; Senior Clinical Education Specialist Western Zone, STERIS Corporation

This program will provide an overview of the steps in the decontamination process and identify staff risks and safety. The program highlights points surveyors focus on during survey that you can use to develop auditing checklists for gaps in compliance.

Vaccination Clarification:   Infectious Disease Immunization & Screening Requirements for the Healthcare Worker in the California ASC Setting

Sarah Lancara, RN, BSN, NC-BC; Manager of Quality and Patient Safety, Sutter Surgery Center Division 
Kristi McCarthy, MHL, BSN, RN, CPHQ, HEM; Director of Clinical Services, Bay Region; Sutter Surgery Center Division

Join us as we break down the multiple local, state & federal infectious disease immunization & screening requirements for influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, and yes…COVID-19 for healthcare workers in California. This session will provide clarification on the ambulatory surgery center’s responsibility to ensure all healthcare workers (including medical staff and allied health) are in compliance with Cal/OSHA, CMS, CDPH and the national-recognized organization you have chosen to follow in your Infection Prevention Plan.

Lead Your Facility to Zero Infection Control Citations
Sarah Martin, MBA, RN; Surgery Partners

Use the new CMS ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet and the 2020 Revised COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool as pages in your infection control playbook to ensure CMS survey success.  This session will drill down into the standards for infection control that are most commonly cited in ASCs during CMS Health surveys. Planning, preparation, and implementation of corrective actions equal a successful survey and patient safety.

IP Digging Deeper

SSI Surveillance – It Takes a Team
Kristi McCarthy, MHL, BSN, RN, CPHQ, HEM; Director of Clinical Services, Bay Region; Sutter Surgery Center Division
Emily Hemingway, Sutter Surgery Center Division

As the ASC Infection Preventionist, you are researching best practices and initiating activities to mitigate the risk of surgical site infections at your ASC. This can be a complicated process and often involves a team approach in order to be successful. Questions arise when an infection is uncovered and knowing what the appropriate next steps are. In this session, we will discuss effective actions to reduce the risk of surgical site infections, engage your team and key stakeholders, and investigate when an infection has been reported.

IP Strategies with ASC Construction
Debbie Mack, RN, CAIP, CASC; Independent Consultant

ASCs are always looking to add more cases or become more efficient in their day-to-day operations. This often requires additional ORs or the expansion of an existing sterile processing department. This session is designed to provide an overview of the Infection Control Risk Assessment that should be conducted prior and during any renovation or remodel, whether intended or the result of a disaster.

Incorporating IP Data into your QAPI Program
Janet Miller, RN, MHA, CAIP; Director, Clinical Services - TGS, SCA Health

Now that you’ve successfully implemented your ASC IP plan and monitoring tools, it’s important to incorporate this information into your QAPI program to improve patient care and patient outcomes. This session will walk you through the steps to organize the data, engage staff and drive improvements.  These steps allow you to track progress and communicate the outcomes with your governing board and accrediting bodies, delivering best practices and positive outcomes for your facility and patients.

The ASC Infection Preventionist Professional Journey
Stephanie McIntosh, MSN, RN, CAIP, CPHQ; Director, Clinical Quality-TGS, SCA Health

Infection Prevention is a dynamic field that takes us on a continuous learning journey. This session will provide insight into the key areas to build knowledge, share resources for developing a personalized education plan and assist in creating a pathway to pursue CAIP certification.

IP in the GI Center

Challenges of Flexible Endoscope Cleaning
Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CQM/OE, ASQ CQA, ASQ CSSYB; Senior Clinical Education Specialist Western Zone, STERIS Corporation
Recently horrific outbreaks have been linked to improper cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes. In our busy center practices, it is crucial to understand and implement the critical steps to assure effective cleaning and reprocessing of endoscopes. This session will discuss the challenges surrounding endoscope reprocessing and the critical steps that must be taken.

Scoping Out the Newest GI Guidelines-ST91 and The Business End of a Scope
Holly Wilson, RN, BSN, MSN / Marie Mueller, RN, BSN, PHN

What are the latest changes with the new ST-91 and how do they affect current practice at GI centers? This presentation will review ST-91 required changes versus recommended, the “why” behind these changes, considerations for workflow, and implementation strategies. Process improvement opportunities while implementing required changes will be reviewed.

This presentation covers a business review of endoscope usage in the ASC. Deciding the adequate number of scopes for your center and awareness of the impact of single-use items to assist in infection prevention measures are discussed. The burden of an exogenous infection on the center is reviewed.

IP Practices and the C-Diff Patient
Katie Becze, RN, BSN; Center Director, Folsom Sierra Endoscopy Center
Drew Ingram, MD

C-diffs continued presence in the outpatient setting remains apparent with the increased utilization of antibiotics during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that an ASC have successful screening policies and practices to potentially include these patients, as well as protect the integrity of the ASC environment.  This session will walk through the proper screening process, patient education and appropriate facility steps that must be undertaken.

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