June 2017 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The June 2017 issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter has published.

The issue identifies some of the most pertinent infection prevention and control news from June. Highlights of this issue include surgical site infections, HAIs in long-term care facilities, rules concerning legionella, sterilization and cleaning challenges, advice on antibiotics and Zika.

To access the issue, click here.

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Surgery Center Infection Control Consultant Phenelle Segal to Present at Florida Society of ASCs Annual Meeting

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, founder of Florida-based Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), will present at the 2017 Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers (FSASC) Annual Conference & Trade Show.

The FSASC conference takes places July 12-14 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando.

Phenelle, an FSASC member, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, July 12, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Her topic is "CMS Requirements and Infection Prevention." The description of her session is as follows:

"Infection prevention in the ASC setting continues to be a large area of focus for CMS and this session will discuss the changes made to the surveyor's worksheet in 2015. Each item listed on the worksheet will be addressed in detail and will include ongoing deficiencies noted during onsite visits."

The annual FSASC meeting brings together ASC professionals with industry experts and vendors. The mission of FSASC is to "...advance the ASC industry through community awareness and government advocacy and to promote the professionalism of its members through education, networking and the exchange of information."

To arrange an on-site meeting in Orlando or schedule a phone consultation with Phenelle, contact ICCS.

About Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS)

ICCS is a provider of infection control and infection prevention services headquartered in Florida. Serving ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, outpatient care facilities, dentists and all other healthcare organizations in Florida and throughout the country, ICCS services include assistance with accreditation survey preparation and regulatory requirements, on-site facility visits, preparation of and assistance with corrective plans of action related to survey deficiencies, and infection preventionist mentoring and onboarding.

Phenelle Segal Discusses SSI Prevention in Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) Founder and President, has contributed a column on surgical site infection (SSI) prevention to Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

The column was the cover story for the June issue of the magazine.

In the piece, Ms. Segal discusses a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • Nasal decolonization
  • Whole-room disinfection
  • ATP monitoring
  • Patient warming
  • Peel packs
  • Hand Sanitizers

Access the June issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine by clicking here.

Phenelle Segal of ICCS Discusses Mold Growth in Sterilization Sink at CA Hospital

Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) Founder and President Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, discussed a recent outbreak of mold at a California hospital with Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

The mold was found growing in a sterilization sink.

In the column, Ms. Segal explains some possible origins of the mold and emphasizes the need for organizations to perform proper cleaning in the decontamination room.

Access the Outpatient Surgery Magazine column here.

May 2017 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The May 2017 issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter has published.

The issue identifies some of the most pertinent infection prevention and control news from May. Highlights of this issue include new SSI guidelines from CDC, link between higher temperatures and SSIs, increase in superbug cases, reduction of UTIs in nursing homes, and renewed emphasis on hand hygiene.

To access the issue, click here.

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