Aseptic Technique: What is it and How is It Used to Prevent Infections Related to Vascular Access Therapy?
Infection prevention guidelines and standards routinely state "use aseptic technique" for many clinical procedures. However, what is aseptic technique and why is its use critical for preventing infections? During this program the speaker will explain what is meant by the terms "sterile," "aseptic" and "no-touch" techniques and will focus on their use during vascular access procedures. She will describe vascular access practices that can result in the transmission of pathogenic organisms and place patients at risk for infection. Using clinical scenarios, she will discuss what specific practices should be used to maintain asepsis and minimize contamination by microorganisms.
Questions are welcome from all viewers during the extended question and answer session following the presentation. The presenter will be Jennifer K. Spivey MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, Infection Preventionist at St. Vincent Heart Center and Infection Prevention Consultant for Ascension Health in Indianapolis, IN.
Joining Jennifer during the discussion panel will be be Darcy Doellman, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC Vascular Access Specialist, and Neonatal/Pediatric PICC Nurse, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, OH.
Session Learning Objectives and Content Highlights
Describe "aseptic technique" Explain the rationale for using aseptic technique in vascular access therapy Identify three vascular access procedures that require the use of aseptic technique Speaker
Jennifer K. Spivey MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC
Ascension Health- Infection Prevention Consultant St. Vincent Heart Center- Infection Preventionist Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer K. Spivey MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, is an Infection Preventionist for St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, and current IP Consultant for Asension Health. She is a second term board of directors member for APIC Indiana. Jennifer has been a past Director of the Operating Room and Infection Control at St. Vincent Women's Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati.
Jennifer is board certified in Perioperative nursing for over 25 years and has 13 years experience in infection prevention and control and is a CIC. Jennifer has spoken at the 2013 and 2014 APIC National Conference on Infection prevention in the perioperative area
"Behind the OR doors: What every IP needs to know" and the 2012 National Teaching Institute for ACCN on the importance of Hand Hygiene in improving infection rates. She has presented at multiple venues the hand hygiene pilot that she championed across St. Vincent Health as a best practice model which was presented as a poster at APIC 2011. Jennifer is a member of AORN, APIC, AACN, the Indianapolis Perioperative Patient Safety Coalition, and is a Parish Nurse- Stephens Minister.
Darcy Doellman, MSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Clinical Manager,Vascular Access Team Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH
Darcy Doellman has worked as a clinical nurse on the Vascular Access Team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for the past 20 years. Her work includes PIV (peripheral IV) and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion, central line troubleshooting, education, and research in the neonatal and pediatric patient.
Darcy graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, with a BSN in 1983. She received her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2012. She is widely published in professional journals. Darcy received the Suzanne LaVere Herbst award from AVA (Association for Vascular Access) for clinical excellence in 2003.
In addition, Darcy served as the president of AVA in 2007-2008 and was a founding member of Pedivan, now a specialty interest group of AVA. Darcy was a reviewer of the 2007 NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) Guidelines for PICC Insertion and assisted with developing NHIA (National Home Infusion Association) pediatric home care central line guidelines in 2012. Darcy is currently serving on the certification board for AVA and the 2016 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice Committee.
Kathleen M. Arias, MS, CIC
Director, Arias Infection Control Consulting, LLC Crownsville, Maryland
Kathy Arias has worked in the infection prevention and control field since 1980 and is currently the Director of Arias Infection Control Consulting, LLC. She has infection prevention and control experience in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation care, ambulatory care and industry. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) by the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC).
Kathy has been named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Kathy has taught epidemiology classes at Thomas Jefferson University and at the Medical College of Philadelphia and has served on the faculties of Penn State University and the Hahnemann University College of Allied Health Sciences. She is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international conferences.