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APIC is pleased to offer four pre-conference programs on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Please see below for further information. You can see registration rates by clicking here.

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CIC® Certification Preparatory Course
Presented by APIC

Tuesday, June 12, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center

Increasing the number of IPs with the CIC credential is a central goal of APIC’s Strategic Plan.

This interactive overview course includes the following:

  • A mix of presentations, application/practice activities, and question/answer opportunities led by highly experienced faculty.
  • Opportunities to build community with your peers who are also preparing for the exam.
  • Access to a variety of resources to help you prepare, including additional online CIC preparation presentations, a practice test, frequently asked questions resource, and test preparation tips and strategies.
  • Practice exam.

Registrants for this course will also receive discounts to purchase APIC’s Certification Study Guide.

Please note:
This class will not teach the basics of infection prevention and control. It will help attendees develop familiarity with the exam’s content and structure, and will help develop confidence in taking the exam.

There is a separate fee for the pre-conference workshops.

Learning objectives

By participating in this workshop and accessing the additional online resources included with this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and competencies of IPC practice as defined in the CBIC content outline.
  • Discuss how examination questions are constructed.
  • Describe the steps in the certification process.
  • Identify strategies to assist with test taking and development of study plans.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze different types of exam questions working with peers and guided by expert IPs.

If you have experience in infection control (recommended two years) and are actively accountable for core aspects of the IPC program in your current position, this course will be a valuable support for you on your pathway to preparing for certification.

Consulting 101: How to Get Started Now
Presented by APIC Consulting Services

Tuesday, June 12, 8:30 to 11:30 AM, Minneapolis Convention Center

Join us for an informative session to learn how to become a consultant and the advantages of working with a consulting firm like APIC Consulting Services. Led by CIC®-certified consultants and the Executive Director of APIC Consulting, this session will provide an overview of infection prevention and control (IPC) consulting in various practice settings, how to begin consulting when you are working full-time, the types of consulting work are available, and the expectations of clients. Attendees will have dedicated time to ask questions of panelists and APIC Consulting staff. Three additional CIC-certified consultant panelists will participate in Q&A.

Please note: There is a separate fee for the pre-conference workshops.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what clients consider high-quality IPC consulting.
  • Identify the types of consulting opportunities available and recognize one’s own niche.
  • Identify next steps to becoming a consultant, and what is needed before the first consulting assignment, including legal and other professional components.

Disinfection, Sterilization, and Antisepsis: Principles, Practices, Current Issues, New Research, and New Technologies

Tuesday, June 12, 8 AM to 5 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center

This symposium will include lectures and panel discussions on the latest breakthroughs regarding cleaning and disinfecting of non-critical environmental surfaces, as well as reprocessing semi-critical and critical medical devices. The presentations will address current issues associated with antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization in healthcare; special issues and solutions associated with reprocessing endoscopes and other medical devices; new technologies and products for disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis; and the products to use to deactivate emerging pathogens (e.g., Candida auris, CRE, C. difficile, HPV).

Please note: There is a separate fee for the pre-conference workshops. This will include breakfast and lunch.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current issues associated with skin antiseptics and hand hygiene.
  • Describe new technologies and germicides for disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis.
  • Evaluate the role of surfaces in transmission of viruses and epidemiologically important pathogens and the latest technologies in cleaning/disinfection/room decontamination to reduce the risk of HAIs.
  • Discuss new challenges in surface disinfection and instrument reprocessing (e.g., biofilms, surface irregularities, designing for cleanability).
  • Discuss the shift from high-level disinfection to sterilization for endoscopes.

Interactive Skills Lab: Practical Solutions to Reduce Infection Risk and Ensure Compliance

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8 AM to 4 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center

This session will provide an interactive learning environment to develop critical thinking skills and sharpen observation skills in the areas of the operating room, sterile processing, and the environment of care (EOC). Mock clinical settings will provide an atmosphere to promote discussion and activity while learning about the unique practice settings.

Environment of Care Lab
The EOC Lab will address different patient care settings to recognize and discuss infection prevention risks and offer practical solutions for improvement. The topics to be covered include hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, OSHA regulations for eating and drinking in the clinical area, medication safety, respiratory hygiene, environmental cleaning, laundry services, storage of clean and sterile supplies, and a variety of unique infection prevention observations.

Sterile Processing Lab
This lab teaches by tracking instruments from point-of-use to decontamination and sterilization to storage, including specific focus on both endoscope and endocavity probes. Using discussion and hands-on activities, this lab will enhance the attendee’s ability to help the IPC department’s compliance with complicated sterile processing procedures.

PeriOperative Lab
The OR is complex and there are many different facets to observe while monitoring compliance to IPC. Learning how the OR personnel do their work is a vital component to creating relationships and partnering with staff to make important changes that will reduce surgical site infections. Participants in this lab will be engaged in the following activities:

Performing a Surgical Scrub
The principles will be discussed, the proper way to apply alcohol-based surgical hand scrubs will be demonstrated and then participants will perform a return demonstration.

Principles of Aseptic Technique Part I
Introduction to the principles with discussion and observations of behavior related surgical attire, opening the case, and traffic patterns during this process.

Performing a Surgical Skin Prep
Participants will perform two different alcohol-based preps, and corresponding techniques, to compare and contrast each product and learn how to recognize best practices.

Principles of Aseptic Technique Part II
The principles of aseptic technique from the draping process to the end of the case will be discussed and observed. Dressing placement, drape removal, and the proper way to clean a room will complete the surgical process.

Please note: there is a separate fee for the pre-conference workshops. This will include breakfast and lunch.

Learning Objectives:

  • Enhance didactic learning with valuable hands-on practice time in three core areas o IPC.
  • Gain experience and enhance skills through real-time feedback in a controlled environment not always available in a clinical setting.
  • Refine observation skills that can be immediately applied by participating in mock lab setting exercises.