APIC Kentuckiana

APIC Kentuckiana Dedicated to positively impacting infection prevention practices throughout healthcare and the community.

Operating as usual

11/13/2020
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#APIC2021 - Call for Abstracts. Deadline 11.15.
Submit a poster or oral presentation proposal for the 2021 Annual Conference. Educate your peers and contribute to the field of Infection Prevention and epidemiology by submitting your work. Apply now: https://t.co/ktSD8mlsyf

11/12/2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual monthly meeting today! 😃 While hosting a chapter meeting on a virtual platform takes some getting accustomed to, today’s meeting was thought provoking and full of great discussion. 👍🏼No matter the healthcare setting so many of us are facing the same challenges and frustrations during these unpredictable times. Infection Prevention is more important now than ever 🚨

As your president, I look forward to our upcoming meetings and additional virtual learning opportunities where the knowledge and expertise of our chapter members can shine 🤩 You are appreciated for all you do each and every day to keep patients and staff safe. - Kim Daniels

10/21/2020

Show us how you're celebrating #IIPW2020. Have a #maskie to share?
Use the hashtags #LifeOfAnIP and #WeLoveIPs to join the conversation!

International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW), October 18-24, celebrates the importance of infection prevention and th...
10/18/2020
Infection Preventionists Save Lives

International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW), October 18-24, celebrates the importance of infection prevention and the role of IPs in protecting public health. Raise your voice and spread thanks to IPs around the world! #WeLoveOurIPs www.apic.org/InfectionPreventionandYou

Learn about the field of infection prevention and the heroes that save lives and promote a culture of patient safety every day.

APIC - Infection Prevention and You
07/30/2020

APIC - Infection Prevention and You

Join other IPs and leading industry experts around the most pressing issues relating to cleaning, disinfection and sterilization at APIC’s 2020 Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization Virtual Conference #APIC2020CDS Register now: apic.org/CDS2020

APIC - Infection Prevention and You
07/30/2020

APIC - Infection Prevention and You

APIC Town Halls are here! Join us at 1 pm ET on July 30 for a Town Hall webinar with the APIC COVID-19 Task Force where we will be discussing COVID-19 transmission routes, including "AGP: What the science tells us." Register here: http://ow.ly/Jf7o50AJBAb

This member-to-member series offers an informative and safe space to help you develop proactive strategies to educate your colleagues, patients, and residents on COVID-19.
Panelists:

-Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC, FAPIC
-Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC
-Pamela Falk, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, FSHEA

Submit your questions by COB July 27 to [email protected]!

So many of us have found ourselves having to advocate for frontline staff, speak difficult truths and fight battles we'd...
06/12/2020
Moral Courage on the Front Lines Is Lacking in the C-Suite

So many of us have found ourselves having to advocate for frontline staff, speak difficult truths and fight battles we'd never imagine we'd have to fight. We can't lose hope. We can't stop advocating. We must continue to find the brave person inside and speak up.
"Moral courage is rare and moral greatness even rarer. It requires a potent combination of deep empathy, will and conviction that social norms cannot shake."

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931606?src=mkm_covid_update_200605_mscpedit_&uac=312299FX&impID=2408889&faf=1

Healthcare workers who spoke out about lack of PPE showed individual moral courage during COVID-19. So did Li Wenliang of China. Jaya Mallidi, MD, asks, where is that courage in healthcare organizations?

Check out these APIC Kentuckiana Infection Prevention all stars! ⭐️ Past President, Angela Provencher and Chapter Secret...
05/14/2020

Check out these APIC Kentuckiana Infection Prevention all stars! ⭐️

Past President, Angela Provencher and Chapter Secretary, Donna Sapp have been hard at work protecting their community by providing education and guidance in the outpatient setting. These dedicated IPs have worked tirelessly to share their knowledge not only with healthcare professionals, but also with patients in a variety of outpatient settings. Keeping Kentuckiana safe and providing excellent healthcare is always on the forefront of their minds!
APIC Kentuckiana is so proud of the work they have accomplished and continue to do! We applaud our #healthcareheroes!!

#InTheSpotlight #InfectionPrevention #InThisTogether

Before COVID-19, infection preventionist nurses Donna Sapp, R.N., and Angela Provencher, R.N., already were practicing some of the actions that would become key to responding to the pandemic. The pair worked with Norton Medical Group and Norton Cancer Institute to ensure that all outpatient care locations were following infection prevention protocols.

Donna and Angela’s experience with PPE storage and usage protocol, hand hygiene and sanitization practices made them natural fits to be deeply involved in planning, educating and many other aspects of the fight against COVID-19.

Like many others, they’ve worked tirelessly to serve the needs of patients, employees and the community. Their strength, skill, knowledge, compassion and resourcefulness are wonderful representations of the heart of a nurse. Thank you, Donna and Angela, for helping us to celebrate Nurses Week with all the amazing work you do.

#NortonHealthcareHeroes #NThisTogether #TogetherKY #TeamKentucky #Patriot

Congratulations to our newest Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), ...
05/12/2020

Congratulations to our newest Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Sarah Bishop!!!!!
Fellow of APIC status is a distinction of honor for Infection Preventionist who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practices, but also leaders within the field.
Sarah currently serves as APIC Kentuckiana's Chapter Legislative Representative and is the Director of Infection Prevention & Control at University of Louisville Hospital.
Congratulations, Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!

APIC Kentuckiana agrees 🤩🤩We love all our IPs!! 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜🖤🤍🤎     Thank you for all you do each and every day!
04/02/2020

APIC Kentuckiana agrees 🤩🤩
We love all our IPs!! 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜🖤🤍🤎 Thank you for all you do each and every day!

Thank you for your long hours and dedication to the safety of all. #WeLoveOurIPs
04/02/2020

Thank you for your long hours and dedication to the safety of all.
#WeLoveOurIPs

03/30/2020

Given our current circumstances with COVID-19 and to ensure we all abide by the established guidelines to promote health and safety, the APIC Kentuckiana April chapter meeting has been canceled. As President of your chapter, I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all my fellow healthcare professionals as we face this unprecedented crisis. As we continue to provide care to those who need it the most, I have the utmost confidence in you all and know that we will rise to the challenge. Prayers for health and safety to you all. This too shall pass. Please feel free to reach out to the chapter is we can be of assistance. - Kim Daniels, President 

National survey shows dire shortages of PPE, hand sanitizer across the U.S.
03/28/2020

National survey shows dire shortages of PPE, hand sanitizer across the U.S.

Nearly half of U.S. healthcare facilities are already out of, or will soon run out of respirators, per APIC survey of IPs. We are #RunningOnEmpty: http://ow.ly/zc9k50yXWe4. #GetMePPE

New from CMS on reporting requirements. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-prov...
03/22/2020
CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19 | CMS

New from CMS on reporting requirements.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=here&utm_campaign=COMMS%20%7C%20Coronavirus%20Template

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight ...

One of (if not THE best) article I have read about COVID-19 prevention. No nonsense. Easy to read. Simple things we all ...
03/12/2020
I'm an epidemiologist. Here's what I told my friends about the coronavirus and COVID-19. — USA TODAY

One of (if not THE best) article I have read about COVID-19 prevention. No nonsense. Easy to read. Simple things we all can do. Broken down for everyone to understand. Basic principles. After all, it’s called Infection PREVENTION not Infection REACTION! Thanks for all you everyday and for your dedication to patient safety and infection-fee care! You are appreciated!

Kim Daniels - APIC Kentuckiana President

Focus on slowing down the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. Did I mention: Wash. Your. Hands. Then wash them again.

CDC has updated its PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19.
03/11/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC has updated its PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

IPs, please note this FREE resource from APIC.
03/07/2020

IPs, please note this FREE resource from APIC.

In response to #COVID19, APIC is providing complimentary access to our new APIC Text Chapter Collection "Outbreak Preparedness and Response" now through 9/30. Learn how to access this important resource here: http://ow.ly/FvTT50yFcXV #IPC

03/07/2020

APIC Kentuckiana would like thank Infection Preventionists (IPs) for all that they do each and every day to help keep patients and residents safe. I am sure that many of you have been fielding calls and questions related to COVID-19. I want to ensure you that our chapter leaders are communicating and preparing to be of assistance for those who may need support. I would like to encourage all of us to continue our current efforts and education of the basic infection prevention principles. I believe that education is our strongest weapon and that sharing our knowledge is the key to prevention. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or need immediate support. We have an amazing group of professionals who I am certain will play a huge role in keeping our community safe!  🛑🖐🏽🧼 #infectionprevention #washyourhands #respiratoryetiquette
-President, Kim Daniels

02/12/2020

Healthcare providers/students:
Have you ever wanted to know more about infection prevention, epidemiology, or public health?
We cordially invite you to attend one of our chapter meetings.
They are held the 2nd Wednesday of the following months: February, April, May, August, September, October, and November from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) building - 1245 Durrett LN, Louisville, KY 40213.
Each meeting also offers an education session worth 1 hr of nursing continuing education credit.
Hope to see you there!!!!

APIC Film Festival Submission Deadline is February 14th. To enter, upload your film to YouTube and complete the online a...
01/15/2020
APIC 2020 Film Festival - APIC Annual Conference 2020

APIC Film Festival Submission Deadline is February 14th.
To enter, upload your film to YouTube and complete the online application form.

http://ac2020.site.apic.org/film-festival/

Submit your video for the APIC 2020 Film Festival. Your video can use music, drama, dance, humor, and even animation to promote infection prevention best practices. If you are the grand prize winner you will receive a complimentary full conference registration to APIC 2020 and have your video shown....

Know an outstanding IP? Nominate them for one of APIC's annual awards!
10/07/2019
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology -

Know an outstanding IP? Nominate them for one of APIC's annual awards!

Distinction, credibility, and prestige are just three of the benefits to being an APIC Award recipient. Each year, APIC recognizes dedicated professionals who significantly advance patient safety and the science of infection prevention. Through a variety of awards programs, APIC offers a unique oppo...

Check out 5 Second Rule, a new podcast from APIC!
10/07/2019

Check out 5 Second Rule, a new podcast from APIC!

There is a myth that salmonella is just a food-borne illness, but the truth is turtles and other reptiles carry salmonella bacteria. Join APIC for the launch of our new podcast 5 Second Rule, where we interview IPs and other experts to dispel common IPC myths. Listen on your preferred platform today! www.5secondruleshow.org

Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics
04/10/2019
Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics

Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics

The drugs are not just overprescribed. They often pose special risks to older patients, including tendon problems, nerve damage and mental health issues.

Dr. Ruth Carrico presenting on ultrasound infection prevention.
04/10/2019

Dr. Ruth Carrico presenting on ultrasound infection prevention.

Oh my! 🤢
02/11/2019
BBC News

Oh my! 🤢

"Germs are not a real thing" - Fox News host Pete Hegseth. 👋

Join us at the Kentucky Infection Prevention Conference on February 27th and 28th in Lexington, KY! There is also a hous...
01/15/2019
Kentucky Infection Prevention Conference: Contemporary Topics in Prevention

Join us at the Kentucky Infection Prevention Conference on February 27th and 28th in Lexington, KY! There is also a housing application for those traveling greater than 50 miles. If you did not receive the application, please email [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-infection-prevention-conference-contemporary-topics-in-prevention-tickets-54858422017?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esli&utm-source=li&utm-term=listing

This two day course was developed by Infection Preventionists from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The target audience includes Infection Preventionists, Occupational Health, Public Health, Chief Nursing Officers, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety personnel from all types of health care de...

Congratulations Donna Sapp!!!
12/17/2018

Congratulations Donna Sapp!!!

12/15/2018
Linda Goss was the recipient of the 2018 “Ruthie” award for the Kentuckiana APIC Chapter. Congratulations!!!
12/15/2018

Linda Goss was the recipient of the 2018 “Ruthie” award for the Kentuckiana APIC Chapter. Congratulations!!!

Congratulations Kathy Trail and Lindsey Johnson on achieving your CIC in 2018!!!!
12/15/2018

Congratulations Kathy Trail and Lindsey Johnson on achieving your CIC in 2018!!!!

11/24/2018

Congratulations to our two newest CICs, Lindsey Johnson and Kathy Trail! Strong work ladies!!!!!!!

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To my former co-infection control folks: I know of people making homemade masks for offices and clinics low on PPE. I am concerned that those masks would not be able to protect the wearer from something as small as a virus. Even though the internet has the instructions for making them. Could you please share your thoughts about such homemade masks, made from fabrics left over from other sewing projects? Thank you. Linda Scherer, RN, BSN, CIC.
Congratulations to our awesome and esteemed member, Ruth Carrico!