Healthcare continues to be challenged with hospital acquired infections and the associated patient harm and financial loss. At the onset of these outbreaks, healthcare risk management and administration must be familiar with the immediate steps necessary to investigate the source of contamination and prevent recurrence. Investigations of patient contamination and infection can be very costly, time consuming, and non-conclusive if not performed effectively.
During a session titled Surgical Instruments or Equipment Contamination – Incident Investigation and Material Identification at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference, our experts will outline investigation methodologies to rule out potential contributing factors in contamination related to endoscopes, surgical instruments and devices, and hospital facilities. Contaminants include bacterial or fungal organisms, organic elements, and inorganic elements. Our experts will also discuss the benefits of utilizing third party experts in material and chemical analysis during investigations.