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The surgical suite has historically been broken down into various zones—or levels of cleanliness. As procedures become less invasive and expand to other modalities, differentiating cleanliness protocols have also expanded to other disciplines, but in the process, grayed the understanding of what is best practice.
This webinar will explore the history of clean flow in the medical field. Attendees will hear about the current definition of clean flow and explore what is fact, what is fiction, what are minimum requirements, and are these requirements truly best practice. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act the effectiveness of clean flow will have an impact of every institution’s bottom line.
Case studies from The Reading Hospital and other medical centers will be compared and contrasted in regards to their approach to clean flow. Finally, from the perspective of an Infection Control Director, the webinar will identify how one institution is addressing the mandate to reduce surgical site infections and determine whether the latest edition of the FGI Guidelines is the end point or just the beginning.
LOUIS MEILINK, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Principal, Ballinger
Since joining Ballinger in 1987, Louis Meilink’s design solutions have helped shape the future of healthcare at academic medical centers, regional and community hospitals, and healthcare delivery systems. His approach to each initiative is comprehensive and his professionalism is consummate. He works loosely with clients to develop facility solutions and translate highly complex project concepts into simple terms. His orientation toward client service and delivery of high-quality, cost-effective projects has brought him recognition from healthcare institutions as well as his peers. Louis is an author and speaker for organizations such as the Center for Health Design, the American Institute of Architects, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Tradeline.
DWIGHT SMITH, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, Senior Associate, Director of Healthcare Planning, Ballinger
Dwight Smith is the Director of Healthcare Planning at Ballinger with more than 40 years of project experience. Through facility master planning, clinical programming and test fit options, Dwight excels at helping clients develop realistic projects to meet their facility goals. The results are functional, adaptable, efficient and pleasant environments for patients and staff that reinforce the institution’s care delivery model. His work has covered the full range of project types from the single practitioner’s office to major academic medical centers.
MARIE KEIM, BS, MT, CIC, Director Epidemiology, Infection Control and Prevention, Reading Health System
Ms. Keim has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, with over 20 years in infection prevention and includes clinical microbiology. She is currently the director of the epidemiology, infection control and prevention department at Reading Health System.
Ms. Keim has expertise in all scopes of healthcare encompassing hospitals, clinics, ambulatory centers and physician offices. She assists clients in all aspects of project design and construction through occupancy to proactively minimize risks for patients and a staff from both the microbiology and infection prevention perspective. She has successful incorporated work flow, instrument/equipment and product selection to improve patient outcomes.