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Ask the Experts: Sharing Best Practices to Prevent Healthcare Associated Bloodstream Infections (BSIs)

This will be a special program focused on two issues:

  • Practices and vascular access systems: how they can influence the risk of BSIs, and
  • Simple strategies for preventing thrombotic catheter occlusions.

This "Ask the Experts" webinar will consist of two 20-minute presentations, each given by a speaker who will focus on one of these issues. The first speaker, Mark E. Rupp, M.D., will discuss the infection risks associated with vascular access devices and systems and how practices used by healthcare personnel when administering infusion therapy can influence the risk of these infections.

The second speaker, Ruth Van Gerpen, APRN-CNS, will address the relationship between catheter-related thrombosis (CRT) and BSI, the risk factors for CRT, and evidence-based strategies for preventing thrombotic catheter occlusions.

Questions are welcome from all viewers during the extended Question and Answer session following the presentation by Mark E. Rupp, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Ruth Van Gerpen APRN-CNS, AOCNS®, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Oncology and Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This presentation lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Session Learning Objectives and Content Highlights

  1. Name three components of vascular access systems that can influence the risk of BSI
  2. Describe three infection prevention practices that can reduce the risk of BSIs associated with infusion therapy
  3. Identify two risk factors for thrombotic catheter occlusions
  4. Discuss two evidence-based strategies for preventing thrombotic catheter occlusions


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Dr. Rupp is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Medical Director of The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology and co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to complete a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at VCU.

He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a Past-President of SHEA. Dr Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration, Veterans Affairs Department, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Rupp has published over 300 articles, chapters and abstracts. He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp's research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.


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Ruth Van Gerpen APRN-CNS, AOCNS® is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for oncology and a thoracic oncology nurse navigator at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. Ms. Van Gerpen, an RN for 36 years, has over 28 years of experience in medical oncology.

Ms. Van Gerpen is responsible for professional and consumer education related to cancer, improvement of patient outcomes through implementation of evidence based practice, facilitation of several support groups and providing guidance, information and support to newly diagnosed individuals and their families.

Ms. Van Gerpen was instrumental in standardizing vascular access device care in Lincoln and Southeast Nebraska through the creation of a community-wide task force in 2002. She served as the consultant for the development of the "Standardizing central venous catheter care: hospital to home" guidelines with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2012.

She is active on the local and national levels of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served as president, program committee chair and newsletter editor for the Southeast Nebraska ONS chapter. Ms. Van Gerpen served as team leader for the 2001 ONS Congress and was elected to the ONS Board of Directors where she served as Director-at-Large from 2002-2005.

In the community, Ms. Van Gerpen is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society providing public education, training I Can Cope facilitators and Reach to Recovery volunteers. Ms. Van Gerpen has presented extensively on numerous topics including pain management, care of the patient with cancer, symptom management, infusion therapy and end-of-life issues


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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.


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