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{Past Event} - Sharing Success! Detox Sterilization and High Level Disinfection Processes

September 8, 2006 - 1:00 pm - September 8, 2006 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Medical errors and hospital-acquired infections cause more deaths than automobile accidents or AIDS or breast cancer. In a healthcare setting, it is essential to be able to control infectious organisms. Sterilants and disinfectants are important tools for meeting that need. But because they are necessarily toxic to living organisms, sterilants and disinfectants must be handled carefully, and their associated wastes must be managed properly, to avoid causing unintentional harm as they fulfill their intended function. Proper disinfection and sterilization requires oversight, education and monitoring - in short - control. A process in place for product selection and review, staff training, quality control and monitoring is critical. Conversely, overuse and misuse of cleaners, disinfectants and sterilants could result in employee exposure, poor quality of cleaning, negative environmental impact and damage to equipment. In creating a healing environment, facilities should take a close look at processes in place for disinfection and sterilization practices, working towards safer methods for patients, staff, the environment and public health. Creating a safe environment for workers and staffers alike and maintaining infection control can go hand in hand! But sometimes knowing what product or system to use is challenging. Multiple sites, various types of equipment, space considerations and cost constraints add to the challenge.

Takehome Value

This teleconference will review the options for sterilization and high level disinfection of reusable instruments in a health care setting and offer guidance on reviewing systems in place to evaluate and transition to safer alternatives.

Additional Resources


Janet Brown, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Janet Brown joined Hospitals for a Healthy Environment as Partner Coordinator in 2004. Janet works with “partner” facilities across the nation in their environmental goal setting and program implementation. Janet is on the Steering Committee of the H2E-Sponsored Green Guide for Health Care, a self-certifying tool to improve healthcare’s design, construction, and daily operations. Janet writes a column “Greening Your Practice” for Holistic Primary Care, a magazine for primary care physicians. Janet coordinated health care environmental management programs for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City from 1991 – 2004. Beth Israel received numerous awards including the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award in 2001. Janet lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and two children.

Erica Stewart, National Environmental, Health and Safety
Telephone: (510) 625-3110
Erica Stewart has over 20 years experience as an industrial hygienist in the Environmental, Health and Safety field. In her current position at Kaiser Permanente, Erica is responsible for the overall industrial hygiene strategy for Kaiser Permanente to provide occupational exposure assessments and respond to indoor environmental quality complaints. As the Chair of the National Product Safety Committee Erica coordinates the corporate response to medical device- and commodity-related safety issues and communicates this response to stakeholders. She is a member of the corporate EH&S audit team, and provides technical consulting to other Kaiser Permanente departments. As a permanent member of the High Performance Buildings Committee, she helps to ensure that Kaiser Permanente's building designs incorporate measures that control chemical exposures and increase the indoor environmental quality. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Erica worked for industrial hygiene consultants assessing occupational exposure to various chemical and physical hazards. Erica has BS in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Enid Eck, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program
Telephone: 626/405-6051
Enid K. Eck is a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in medical ethics and counseling, a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University and completed the Georgetown University Healthcare Leadership Institute certification program. She has an extensive background in both hospital and ambulatory healthcare settings across New England and has been with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in a variety of capacities since 1986. She began working in the health education department at the Los Angeles medical center as a Community Health Clinical Education Specialist and became the Regional HIV and Infectious Disease Nurse Coordinator in1989. In that capacity Enid coordinated and facilitated strategic planning and implementation of HIV and Infectious Disease-related care and prevention programs across the care continuum.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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