These networking events feature an educational session worth 1 EDAC/AIA CEU + plenty of social time to meet the local healthcare design community.
What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?
Join us for “Innovations in Healthcare Design” — your chance to catch up on the latest industry buzz, connect with colleagues in a casual setting over wine and hors d’oeuvres, and still get home in time for your favorite show.
This event is FREE to CHD Affiliate Members, Partners, and Guests (make sure you are logged into the website before you register). Non-members can attend for a $40 donation which can later be applied towards membership. Contact Lynn Kenney for details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myths and Realities Related to the Role of the Built Environment in Infection Prevention
There are many different types of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the factors that contribute to each are complex and varied. The built environment can be one contributing factor in transmission, but it is important to understand the nature of that contribution and what design strategies are evidence-based and necessary, and those that may help to decrease the “risk” for infection transmission. The ACA and VBP is pushing clinicians, designers, and solutions providers to look at infection prevention and control in new ways. However the subject has many myths, and a great deal of marketing. For example, antimicrobial surfaces and UV light will solve everything.
Paula Wright has been certified in infection control for over 20 years and serves as a member of the FGI Healthcare Guidelines Revisions Committee. She will discuss common myths and highlight evidence to help you consider the many complex variables.
Paula Wright, RN, BSN, CIC
Project Manager, Infection Control Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Paula Wright, a graduate of Laboure College and Worcester State College is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience in hospital nursing. Ms. Wright has been working in Infection Prevention and Control for over 20 years and has maintained Certification in Infection Control since 1996. She was the Coordinator of the Infection Control Program at Massachusetts Eye and Ears Infirmary for 8 years and the Director of the Infection Control Program for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for 10 years with responsibility for oversight of the program across all MGH sites. She supervised a department of 8 staff including 5 certified Infection Preventionists. She has recently changed roles and is now a Project Manager within the Infection Control Department at MGH focusing on infection prevention projects such as prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and efforts to improve cleaning and disinfection of the patient care environment. In addition, she is the primary member of the IC team responsible for completing Infection Contol Risk Assessments for construction and renovation projects at MGH and was a member of the 2014 FGI Healthcare Guidelines Revisions Committee.