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Infection Prevention in Emergency Care: Strategies to Improve Practice


Infection Prevention in Emergency Care: Strategies to Improve Practice

Preventing healthcare-associated infections is a national priority that directly effects hospital payment. Evidence-based practices to prevent infections can be difficult to implement in the Emergency Department (ED). This one-day conference will bring together health care providers and administrators including Emergency Physicians and Nurses, Infection Prevention practitioners and Quality and Patient Safety administrators to identify key issues in infection prevention for EDs, review ‘best practice’ case studies of successful EDs and develop a research agenda for Emergency Medicine.

When: October 7th 2012 | 8am-5pm (Day prior to ACEP Scientific Assembly)
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center | Denver, Colorado

To learn more or express interest in attending, email us at
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™*


  • Introduction & Welcome from Conference Co-Chairs
    • Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS, FACEP (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
    • Connie Price, MD, (Denver Health and Hospital)
  • Morning Keynote 1: Healthcare Associated Infections in the U.S.: Success and Ongoing Challenges
    • Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Morning Keynote 2: Healthcare Associated Infections in an Era of Accountable Care: Policy Views
    • David Classen, MD, MS (University of Utah)
  • Moderated Panel: The Role of Human Factors in ED Infection Prevention
    • Robert Wears, MD, PhD, MS, FACEP (University of Florida)
    • Vicki Lewis, PhD (National Center Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare)
    • Connie Price, MD, MPH ((Denver Health and Hospital)
  • Moderated Case Discussion: ED Infection Prevention Success Stories
    • Case Presentations (TBD)
    • Discussant: Dr. Robert Wears, MD, PhD, MS, FACEP (University of Florida)
  • Lunch Keynote: Engaging Patients and Staff in Infection Prevention
    • Kerry O’Connell, Patient and Health Care Advocate for Infection Prevention
  • Small Group Sessions focused on Patient and Staff Engagement, Human Factors and Research Priorities
  • Moderated panel: Prioritization of Infection Prevention Research in the ED
    • Greg Moran, MD, FACEP (UCLA)
    • John Younger, MD, MS, FACEP (University of Michigan)
    • Patricia Stone, PhD, FAAN (Columbia University)

Co-Sponsored by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Denver Health and Hospital, Mayo Clinic-Dept.  of Emergency Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Dept. of Emergency Medicine.

*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Emergency Physicians and MA Colg of Emer Phys and Brigham & Women's Hosp Emer Phys. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 7.50 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.


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