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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Vascular Access Related Infections in Out-of-Hospital Healthcare Settings: Identifying Risk Factors and Infection Prevention Measures

In the past two decades the healthcare delivery system has shifted from the acute inpatient hospital setting to a variety of long term, home, ambulatory, transitional and rehabilitation healthcare settings. This webinar will focus on long term and home care settings and the challenges that exist in identifying and preventing vascular access related infections in these settings.

The speaker will illustrate how the provision of services in long term and home care differs from that in the acute care hospital. Webinar content will explain how patients and residents are at risk of infection related to vascular access devices and infusion therapy. There will be a discussion of evidence-based practices and measures that should be implemented to prevent vascular access related infections in long term and home care settings.

Questions are welcome from all viewers during the extended question and answer session following the presentation. The presenter will be Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNIŽ, FAAN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Madison, Wisconsin.

Joining Lisa during the discussion panel will be Melissa Leone, BSN, RN, Director, Nursing Operations, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Denver, CO.

This presentation lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes.

Session Learning Objectives and Content Highlights

  1. Explain how the how the healthcare delivery system has shifted outside of the traditional acute care hospital
  2. Describe at least three risk factors for vascular access related infections in patients receiving care in out-of-hospital settings
  3. Identify at least three evidence-based practices that can be used to prevent these infections


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Lisa Gorski has worked as a clinical nurse specialist for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice in Milwaukee, WI since 1985. Her work includes direct patient care, nursing education, and implementation of evidence-based practice in home care, research, and consultation.

Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BSN in 1979 and a master's degree in nursing in 1984. She is widely published in professional journals and was a co-editor for the 2010 Infusion Nurses Society textbook, Infusion Nursing: An Evidenced-Based Approach. She has also written three books on home infusion therapy.

Lisa was the chairperson for the 2011 Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice Committee and also serves as chairperson for the same committee in 2013-14. She also served on the committee to revise the American Nurses Association Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, which was published in 2008. Lisa has been a member of the editorial board for Home Healthcare Nurse since 2001. She is a frequent guest speaker at infusion therapy conferences. Lisa was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2006.


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Melissa has been working in the Home Infusion Industry for more than 23 years and has provided extensive education on access device related topics throughout her career at local and national clinical education conferences.

Melissa has been actively involved in the corporate product evaluation and selection process, as well as the development of staff and patient education resources for vascular access care and maintenance. She has previously spoken nationally at NHIA (National Home Infusion Association) on the topics of Patient and Referral Source Satisfaction, Disease Management Programs, Handling Hazardous Pharmaceuticals and Nurse Zoning.

Melissa has also presented nationally at INS (Infusion Nurses Society) on the subjects of Patient Satisfaction and Catheter Outcomes in Home Infusion, the latter of which she also published in the Journal of Infusion Nursing in March 2008. Melissa also published "Central Vascular Access Device Infection Rates With Parenteral Nutrition" in Support Line, December 2010.


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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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