SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (May 29, 2012): Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a leading provider of education and technology for combating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) over the past 25 years, will host an educational symposium, deliver CE credit workshops and present data at the 39th Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference June 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas. ASP’s growing portfolio of infection prevention solutions, including STERRAD® Systems, the GLOSAIR™ 600 System and CIDEX® Solutions, will also be on display at the ASP exhibit booth #500.
“ASP is not only deeply committed to providing innovative infection prevention solutions, but also, more importantly, to offering support and education for infection prevention professionals to deliver the highest standards of care for their patients,” says Barbara Trattler, RN, MPA, CNOR, NE-BC, Director, Clinical Education for ASP. “We strive to help our customers provide the safest healthcare environments and protect their patients from healthcare-associated infections.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of patients globally are impacted by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) , and a report conducted with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the direct costs of preventable HAIs are comparable to costs of stroke, diabetes and lung disease.
As a 2012 APIC strategic partner, ASP strives to work with infection preventionists to anticipate, meet and exceed patient and healthcare worker needs and together develop integrated solutions using innovative technologies that dramatically reduce the human and financial costs of healthcare-associated infections.
APIC Educational Symposium
ASP’s educational symposium – Current Trends in Environmental Decontamination: Effective Use of Guidelines, Evidence and Newer Technologies – Are We There Yet? – will be taking place on Monday, June 4 from 6:00 –7:15 a.m. at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 007 (ABCD). This session aims to offer information regarding automated area decontamination (AAD), including the need for environmental decontamination, different decontamination technologies and real-world insights on the implementation of decontamination technology in a healthcare setting. The following key opinion leaders will be a part of the discussion:
- Russell Olmsted, MPH, CIC*, Director, Infection Prevention & Control Services, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Allan J. Morrison, Jr., MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA*, Infectious Disease Specialist, Annandale, Va.
- Charles Roberts, MS, RM (AAM), Director of Research, Microbiology and Chemistry, ASP, Irvine, Calif.
- Kristen Kelley, MPH, CIC*, Infection Control Practitioner, Indiana University Health, Bloomington, Ind.
CE Study Guides and Workshop Schedule
ASP’s continuing education workshop will focus on the role of the environment in HAIs. All workshop participants will receive a supporting study guide with a quiz that may be mailed in to receive two (2) CE credits.
Available Workshop Sessions at ASP Booth #500:
|Monday, June 4:||11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, June 5:||11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, June 6:||11:00 a.m.|
- Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH (c), MPH, CPH (Director, Professional Education at ASP)
- Sherry Fua, DNP, MBA, RN (Manager, Professional Education at ASP)
A study that examines the disinfection capabilities of two methods of automated surface disinfection – ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide fog – will also be presented at the conference on Monday, June 4 from 12:30 –
1:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The study titled “Comparison of the Surface Disinfection Capabilities of Two Different Methods Using Automated Devices: Ultraviolet Light versus Hydrogen Peroxide Fogging Machine” was led by Harriet Chan-Myers BS, RM, Manager Microbiology, ASP and Gladys Chang, Senior Scientist, ASP.
ASP Booth Featuring Infection Prevention Solutions
Conference attendees are encouraged to visit ASP’s exhibit booth to see the latest technology solutions for medical device sterilization and environmental decontamination – including trusted STERRAD® Systems, CIDEX® Solutions and the ground-breaking GLOSAIR™ 600 Automated Area Decontamination System. ASP’s knowledgeable infection prevention experts will be available at the booth throughout the conference to answer questions and support conference attendees in the quest to reduce HAIs at their facilities.
About Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP)
ASP (Advanced Sterilization Products), a Johnson & Johnson company, is a global developer of innovative infection prevention solutions and educational programs. For 25 years, the company has been dedicated to protecting patients, healthcare workers, and the environment with technology, products, and services that focus on raising the standard of care. ASP is based in Irvine, California, USA with offices around the world. Please visit ASP at www.ASPJJ.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ASPJJ, follow us on Twitter @ASPJJ and see videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/InfectionPrevention.
*All key opinion leaders will receive honoraria from Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) for participation in ASP’s educational symposium
 http://www.who.int/gpsc/country_work/burden_hcai/en/index.html, accessed on 5/7/12
 http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/hai/Scott_CostPaper.pdf, accessed on 5/7/12