Phenelle Segal Discusses Reprocessing Compliance in AORN's Ambulatory Insider

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Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) Founder and President Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is featured in a new article published in Ambulatory Insider from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

The article is titled "Improving Reprocessing Compliance: 5 Steps to Take." In the piece, Ms. Segal notes several factors contributing to non-compliance with respect to reprocessing and then shares five steps ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) should take to improve their compliance with reprocessing requirements.

Access the Ambulatory Insider article by clicking here.

Ambulatory Insider is AORN's monthly digital newsletter focused on ambulatory surgery centers, providing ASC news, announcements, professional development opportunities, legislative guidance and more.

October 2017 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The October 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 October. Topics covered in this issue include disinfection practices, pediatric guidance, nasal decolonization and more.

To access the issue, click here.

Note: Receive the free ICCS Newsletter by joining the mailing list here.

Phenelle Segal Writes White Paper on Nasal Decolonization

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Founder and President of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), has written a white paper for Infection Control Today on nasal decolonization.

The white paper is titled "Nasal Decolonization's Broadening Application: Replacing Contact Precautions." Its summary is as follows:

"Despite the continued growth of evidence that universal decolonization is more effective than targeted screen and isolate protocols in reducing HAIs, concerns for antibiotic over-use has fostered the reluctance of some to adopt the universal approach. With the availability of a nonantibiotic nasal decolonization alternative, infection preventionists, infectious disease personnel, nursing managers accountable for HAIs on their units, surgeons and other professionals responsible for patient care and safety have reason to re-consider the advantages of universal decolonization. These advantages extend to several areas in which the reduction of MRSA infection and transmission is paramount, most certainly including efforts to reduce the use of contact precautions."

This white paper discuss the following:

  • The history of contact precautions for patients with MRSA
  • Assessing the benefits of contact precautions
  • Negative impacts associated with the use of contact precautions
  • The road to reducing the use of contact precautions

To download the white paper, visit this webpage.

Phenelle Segal to Present on Infection Prevention Compliance at OR Excellence

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, founder of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), will present at the ninth annual OR Excellence (ORX) conference in Las Vegas, taking place October 11-13 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.

The ORX conference is presented by Outpatient Surgery Magazine, a national, monthly magazine for physicians, nurses and administrators involved in outpatient surgery. This year's conference is expected to bring together hundreds of attendees for interacting and networking with colleagues, speakers and vendors.

Segal's session, titled "Infection Prevention Patrol: Keeping Law and Order in Your Perioperative Setting," is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Friday, October 13. The description is as follows:

"Responsibility for infection prevention has fallen into the hands of different members of the surgical team and keeping on top of changes made to standards, regulations and expectations is often daunting. Join Phenelle Segal as she 'travels' with you down the path of compliance and shares her more recent onsite findings, often using humor with pictures and stories."

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

About Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS)

ICCS is a provider of infection prevention and infection control services. Serving ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient care facilities, hospitals, dentistry/oral surgery and all other healthcare organizations 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 Surface Disinfection in Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) Founder and President, has contributed a column on surface disinfection to Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

The column is titled "A Deep Dive Into Surface Disinfection."

In the piece, Ms. Segal shares 10 questions she asks staff members responsible for room turnover during onsite visits to client surgical facilities. These questions include the following:

  • What is the dwell/wet/kill time of the product you're using to disinfect surfaces?
  • If a surface hasn't been used in the OR, should you disinfect it during room turnover?
  • Does whole room disinfection replace traditional cleaning and disinfection?
  • Do you monitor room turnover cleaning with checklists?
  • How do you verify that a room is clean?

Access the story by clicking here.