Enduring Webinar: Decolonization and HAI Prevention: Science and Strategies

Replay this Educational Program to Learn About a Layered Approach to Infection Prevention

August 17, 2021

Owens & Minor invites the healthcare community to join us for this continuing education webinar: Decolonization and HAI Prevention: Science and Strategies

This webinar will discuss decolonization strategies across various patient care settings. Nasal decolonization, as part of a layered infection prevention intervention, has shown to decrease the incidence of surgical site infections (SSI), bloodstream infections (BSI), ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAP), as well as multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) transmission/acquisition. Review the practice recommendations, the supporting science of the currently available nasal decolonization products, as well as explore targeted versus universal decolonization efforts in healthcare.

The objectives of the webinar include:

  • Describe the common flora of the nares and the various potential infections they may cause
  • Interpret the evidence to date for strategies to reduce the risk of infection in colonized adults
  • List the limitations of screening and treating programs
  • Differentiate the strengths and limitations of different decolonization strategies

Presenter: Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ, VA-BC, PDI Clinical Science Liaison

Holly is a clinical science liaison working for PDI healthcare.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Environmental Health with a focus on Epidemiology and Infectious Disease from Colorado State University. While working in a post-graduate fellowship as a public health EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) Officer, and then later as a public health epidemiologist and hospital infection prevention practitioner, she completed a Graduate Certification in Infection Control from the University of South Florida and achieved the Certification in Infection Control (CBIC), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Vascular Access board certification (VA-BC).  She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). Her professional interests include infection prevention, epidemiology, performance improvement and healthcare quality/patient safety, education, and research.

Accreditation Information: PDI Healthcare is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16778.  A Certificate of Completion is available to all participants.

CE Information: Nursing professionals can earn 1.0 contact hours for the completion of this program.

Available Until: 04/04/22