Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, nestled in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, faced significant challenges in preventing CLABSI during the SARS CoV-2 (COVID) pandemic. Rather than adhering strictly to conventional compliance practices involving insertion and maintenance bundles, they approached the issue by distinguishing between prevention and reduction strategies. Their commitment and innovative perspective bore fruit, as on December 19th, 2023, they marked a remarkable milestone of over 1070 days—almost three years and counting—without a CLABSI. This noteworthy journey to zero began in June 2020.
Presentation topics include:
- Describe the organization transformation model
- Discuss the sequence of interventions for culture shift
- Discuss strategies to apply the tools to a scenario at the audience’s healthcare institutions
Thursday, March 28, 2024: 11:00 a.m.- noon (PT)
Heather Scott, RN, JD, CIC
Program Manager, Infection Prevention
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Heather joined Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in March 2020 as the program manager for Infection Prevention. In this role, she spearheads comprehensive infection prevention programs, collaborating with healthcare teams to oversee quality and safety initiatives for both patients and staff. Ms. Scott is a respected consultant in the realm of innovative approaches to environmental hygiene for businesses. With a career marked by expertise in implementing 29CFR1910.1030 (OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard), establishing an Ebola unit, and contributing to bioterrorism preparation in collaboration with County and State Health Departments in New York and Connecticut.
Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York. Passionate about the leadership role inherent in the science and art of Infection Prevention, she is dedicated to exploring expansive opportunities for innovation.
HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.
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