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    SHEA Mentorship Breakfast (invite only)
    7:00 am - 7:50 am
    7:00 am-7:50 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Show Me How to Do That! Partners Outside the Infection Prevention Department
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the importance of collaborating with external partners in infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship
    2. Discuss real-world examples where external partnerships can strengthen infection prevention efforts
    3. Describe human factors engineering and its application to infection prevention

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Antibiotic Stewardship Globe Trotters
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Describe MDROs colonization in India and ongoing efforts to address this burden.
    2. Understand CDC’s efforts to promote appropriate antibiotic use outside of the U.S.
    3. Describe the duties of a U.S. Department Science Envoy and discuss your direct involvement with the need for and promotion of antibiotic stewardship outside of the U.S.

    Networking Lunch with Posters
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Pro/Con: Publicly Reported HAI Outcomes: Beneficial or Bogus?
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand which HAI’s are publically reportable, how they are defined, and ways in which reported data affect hospital reimbursement and ratings.
    2. Learn the difference between surveillance definitions and clinical definitions of infection. Is it appropriate to publically report infections using data derived from surveillance definitions?
    3. Discuss the relative importance of harm from HAI’s that are measured and reported and harm from non-measured causes that may receive fewer resources.
    4. Discuss whether reported rates of HAI’s are good surrogate markers for a hospital’s overall quality.

    Break
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    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Won't You Be My Mentor?
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and how each type of relationship impacts career development
    2. Learn how to identify potential mentors and mentees, how to set expectations for the relationship, and how to cultivate a productive experience for both the mentor and mentee.
    3. Understand from an actual mentor-mentee pair how their relationship has evolved over time to serve the needs of each person.

    Networking Break
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Going Where the Action Is: Infection Prevention Concerns in Ambulatory Settings
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Identify unique challenges associated with infection prevention in ambulatory settings
    2. Describe effective local and national strategies to improve infection prevention

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    Full Conference 2
    Interesting Cases in Infection Prevention
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Describe successful strategies to prevent Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in children
    2. Identify the pro’s and con’s of post-operative prophylaxis in specific high risk patient groups.
    3. Describe the crucial stakeholders in a successful antibiotic stewardship program
    4. Given the IPC limitations in the context of Nursing homes, determine the interventions that are likely to be successful

    Abstract Session
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Where are We Now?
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Characterize emerging and concerning Multidrug-Resistant Organism threats in the United States.
    2. Describe how the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network can support detection of emerging antibiotic resistance threats.
    3. Discuss the role that State Healthcare-associated Infection Programs can play in detecting and responding to antibiotic resistance threats.

    Abstract Session
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Time
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    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    SHEA/CDC Track
    SHEA/CDC Track
    Course Overview
    10:00 am - 10:15 am
    10:00 am - 10:15 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Orientation to course materials
    2. Overview of course structure

    Healthcare Epidemiology: Introduction To An Emerging Field
    10:15 am - 11:15 am
    10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Obtain a broad overview of the importance of basic concepts in infection prevention

    Transmission Of Infectious Agents In Healthcare Settings
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss modes of transmission for important healthcare pathogens
    2. Evaluate methods for interruption of transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings
    3. Discuss how to implement effective methods to prevent transmission
    4. Overview of the modes of transmission of pathogens
    5. Describe purpose and types of solation precautions, air handling, personal protective equipment, and other ways of preventing transmission of pathogens in the healthcare setting

    The Compendium Strategies For Preventing HAIs
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Identify priority recommendations of Compendium of Strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections in acute-care settings and associated resources
    2. Identify practical methods and tools to meet basic and advanced recommendations

    Practical Strategies for Surveillance
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Identify core components of an HAI surveillance program
    2. Select optimal methods for collection and analysis of surveillance data
    3. Correlate relationship between surveillance and prevention activities
    4. Evaluate surveillance findings and incorporate into effective intervention plans

    Environment and Cleaning
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand the evidence implicating the environment as a source of healthcare associated infections
    2. Describe the role of environmental cleaning to disrupt the cycle of transmission
    3. Outline the evidence behind the various available strategies to disinfect the environment including chemical agents, and UV lights
    4. Discuss methods for measuring cleanliness

    Sterilization & Disinfection
    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
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    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    The Science Of Safety
    4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
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    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    AS Track
    AS Track
    Introduction - General Acute Care
    10:00 am - 10:20 am
    10:00 am - 10:20 am
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Ready, Set, Go: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Action: General Acute Care Stewardship
    10:20 am - 12:00 pm
    10:20 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Describe national and state activities that impact the landscape for antibiotic stewardship
    2. Discuss why antibiotic time outs, bundles syndromic interventions are effective stewardship strategies
    3. Discuss how to customize specific interventions based on local needs
    4. Describe effective implementation practices

    Here And Now: The Impact Of Drug Shortages On Antibiotic Stewardship
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss the multiple reasons for critical antibiotic and IV solution shortages
    2. Provide an overview of general strategies and innovative strategies that institutions have employed as a means to address drug shortages
    3. Discuss the long term outlook for the availability of antibiotic and IV solutions

    The Steward's Achilles Heel: Pharmacokinetics– Pharmacodynamics
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Review the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic properties of different antibiotic agents and their application to selection of appropriate dosing based on host, pathogen, syndrome
    2. Discuss therapeutic monitoring of agents such as vancomycin, aminoglycosides, antifungals
    3. Discuss pros of pharmacy led therapeutic monitoring
    4. Discuss the role of extended interval infusion protocols

    An Update on Duration of Therapy and Therapeutic Monitoring: Our Role as Stewards
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Review most up to date evidence behind the concept of “shorter is better”
    2. Review disease states where duration remains controversial, unknown, or where longer duration may still be needed
    3. Discuss the role of biomarkers as a tool for de-escalation or cessation of antibiotic therapy (procalcitonin, ESR, CRP

    Tackling Liability Issues in ASP
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Identify legal concepts that are applicable to the practice of ASP
    2. Define the nature and extent of medical-legal risk in the practice of ASP
    3. Discuss approaches for risk management in ASP
    4. Discuss medical-legal issues implicit in diagnostic stewardship, and other indirect patient services provided by ASP (e.g. handling positive patient culture post discharge)

    Making The Data Talk And Translating It Into Action
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
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    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss key metrics that can be used to measure the impact of an antibiotic stewardship program
    2. Discuss current status of AU measuring and reporting via CDC-NHSN’s AU module; pros and cons and current status (academic centers, community or critical access hospitals)
    3. Describe how to synthesize and present data alone and in combination to tell the story
    4. Describe unique challenges for measuring antibiotic stewardship across multiple sites or within a health system

    AS Track 2
    AS Track 2
    Introduction - Special Populations
    10:00 am - 10:20 am
    10:00 am - 10:20 am
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Ready, Set, Go: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Action: Special Populations
    10:20 am - 12:00 pm
    10:20 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Wednesday, April 24

    Learning Objectives
    1. Describe national and state activities that impact the landscape for antibiotic stewardship
    2. Explain how to conduct a needs assessment for expanding stewardship activities in previously untapped areas
    3. Discuss unique challenges and rewards of focused stewardship in special populations
    4. Discuss the scalability of your program and resource needs
    5. Define handshake stewardship and its benefit in the pediatric population

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    Epi Competition Breakfast
    6:30 am - 7:50 am
    6:30 am - 7:50 am
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    Thursday, April 25

    Culture - Why it Matters
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
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    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand the organizational framework for a safety of culture with examples of implementation and success
    2. Understand the impact of a culture of safety on HAI efforts and outcomes
    3. Understand the drivers and impact of healthcare worker burnout on safety and hospital acquired infections
    4. Understand factors that drive healthcare workers to work when ill and explore strategies that minimize presenteeism

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
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    Thursday, April 25

    Putting the Fun in Unfunded: Regulatory Requirements in Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Settings
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe recent developments associated with implementation of effective antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention and control programs in PA/LTC settings
    2. Detail the requirements for the specialized training required for the Infection Prevention and Control Officer for Phase 3 of the Reform of Requirements
    3. Interpret and respond to the requirement to reduce Legionella risk in healthcare facility water system in PA/LTC settings.
    4. Recognize the rational for and support successful strategies to vaccinate residents of PA/LTC settings.

    Networking Lunch with Posters
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    Thursday, April 25

    From Farm to Patient: Decreasing Antibiotic Use on the Pasture
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss the impact of antibiotic use in agriculture
    2. Describe how farmers can successfully commit to judicious antibiotic use

    Break
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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    Thursday, April 25

    Sepsis…A Seat at the Table
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
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    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss controversies associated with sepsis management goals endorsed by various professional societies
    2. Describe how hospital quality organizations can serve as liaisons to align goals of stewardship and sepsis management

    Networking Break
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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    Thursday, April 25

    Tackling the Fecal Patina: It Takes More than a Mop
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Develop strategies to partner with bedside nursing to reduce Clostridium difficile rates
    2. Analyze the role of human factors and systems in C. difficile prevention efforts
    3. Identify emerging next generation prevention strategies for Clostridium difficile

    Annual Foundation Dinner
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

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    Abstract Session
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Worries with Water
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand how water related organisms can threaten patient safety in the healthcare environment.
    2. Learn about strategies and tools to identify and mitigate water related infection risks in your facility.

    What's New in SSI Prevention?
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe interventions that surgeons are performing to prevent SSI (e.g., vancomycin powder, antimicrobial impregnated cement, antimicrobial lavages) and the evidence behind these interventions.
    2. Describe how frequent door openings and noise in the operating room can lead to SSIs and interventions to promote calm in the OR.
    3. List how SSIs are publicly reported.
    4. Assess the evidence for or against an association between public reporting and SSI rates.

    Abstract Session
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

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    SHEA/CDC
    NHSN Measures: Learning Risk Adjustment and Assessing Prevention Impact
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Summarize decisions on how to prioritize surveillance efforts
    2. Identify analytical methods for assessing temporal changes in infection rates
    3. Indicate the role of risk adjustment when analyzing infection rate data
    4. Identify methods of analysis for assessing intervention effectiveness
    5. Assess, interpret, and summarize data that are imprecise
    6. Using NHSN to understand and benchmark your hospital’s data

    SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program
    9:00 am - 9:30 am
    9:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe resources that are available to prepare for and support outbreak response
    2. Discuss key steps involved in preparing your facility for the next high-consequence pathogen infection

    Approach to Epidemic/Outbreak Investigation
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify and define an outbreak
    2. Illustrate how to perform an outbreak analysis
    3. Analyze how to manage and control an outbreak
    4. Indicate methods to find and investigate cases in an outbreak investigation
    5. Recognize when a formal risk factor study is needed and how to select the appropriate study design (e.g., case control vs. cohort) for an outbreak investigation
    6. Recognize when and how to communicate with facility administrators, risk management, public affairs, clinical staff and patients/families about the need for, progress of, and outcome of an outbreak investigation
    7. Review the potential role of molecular typing of microbial isolates in an outbreak investigation

    Problem Session: Outbreak in The OR
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Apply the lessons of outbreak investigation to a real world example
    2. Identify some of the practical issues that arise when doing an outbreak investigation

    Unique Aspects of Pediatric Infection Control
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify risk factors for healthcare-associated infections that are unique to children
    2. Discuss common pediatric infections and how to prevent them
    3. Define unique aspects of infection control in special populations, including neonatal intensive care units
    4. Describe pediatric modifications to typical infection prevention strategies

    Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care: Changing The National Landscape and Infection Prevention
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
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    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe the differences in infrastructure for clinical care and infection prevention in post-acute and long-term care settings compared with acute care hospitals
    2. Describe the gaps and challenges in implementing infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship programs in post-acute and long-term care settings
    3. Highlight the national initiatives which are driving surveillance and prevention activities in this setting

    Bad Bugs: An Overview of Antibiotic Resistance
    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand how to identify organisms and resistance mechanisms of epidemiologic significance
    2. Describe the most common antibiotic resistance processes and genes
    3. Identify risk factors for developing resistance
    4. Discuss transmission of drug-resistant organisms

    Networking Break
    4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Overview of Antibiotic Stewardship
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Time
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define and discuss the rationale for antibiotic stewardship
    2. Characterize antibiotic use in the United States and opportunities for improvement
    3. Describe strategies and interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices
    4. Discuss national initiatives to encourage and enhance antibiotic stewardship

    AS
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    The Second Achilles Heel: Microbiology for the Steward
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the fundamental principles of microbiologic testing relevant to antibiotic stewardship
    2. Describe how to incorporate susceptibility testing cascades, synergy testing, and susceptibility testing of newer antibiotic agents into your program
    3. Discuss the crucial partnership between stewardship and microbiology for maximum productivity
    4. Describe how you harness your electronic medical record to improve diagnostic stewardship of microbiologic testing
    5. Discuss how to affect the culture or culturing – a behavioral approach

    Own The Test, Don’t Let The Test Own You: Rapid Diagnostics And Stewardship
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe commonly used rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in clinical microbiology
    2. Discuss emerging RDTs and their pros/cons and feasibility
    3. Describe strategies to improve diagnostic stewardship
    4. Discuss how to make the business case for new technology

    Challenging Cases: Gram Negative Infections
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify common mechanisms of resistance for different bug/drug combinations among Gram negative pathogens
    2. Discuss novel therapeutic targets and agents for resistant Gram negative infections
    3. Discuss updates in MICs and breakpoints and pros and cons of using these as a guide for antibiotic selection

    Challenging Cases: Gram Positive Infections
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify common mechanisms of resistance for different bug/drug combinations among Gram positive pathogens
    2. Discuss alternative therapies such as aminoglycoside sparing options and long acting lipoglycopeptides
    3. Discuss how to utilize breakpoints as a guide for therapy
    4. Discuss updates in management of complicated Gram positive infections, such as enterococcal endocarditis and in IV drug use (in lieu of the rising opioid epidemic)

    Antibiotic Allergies: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Antibiotic Allergies: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss what is known about the prevalence of reported antibiotic allergies in the community and in the hospital
    2. Discuss adverse consequences of alternative treatments, including MRSA and C. difficile infections
    3. Define how to engage non allergists into your allergy assessment program
    4. Discuss the role of penicillin skin testing to optimize patient care
    5. Describe innovative strategies (such as smartphone technology) to demystify allergies

    Telemedicine Opportunities in ASP: Thinking Outside the Box
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe various ways of utilizing telemedicine to enhance ASP in all care settings
    2. Discuss strengths and weaknesses of off-site ASP via telemedicine
    3. Discuss medical-legal issues in telemedicine

    Networking Break
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Stewardship Case Studies in Long Term Care
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Using a case-based format, describe most common syndromes encountered in long term care in need of stewardship intervention due to inaccurate diagnosis or inappropriate treatment
    2. Describe best use of limited resources to implement stewardship in long term care and establish antibiotic use and microbiologic testing best practices
    3. Discuss how to share stewardship expertise with long term care facility partners

    The Never Events: Managing Provider and Patient Expectations
    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify clinical conditions misdiagnosed as infections in which a stewardship intervention to eliminate antibiotic use is appropriate
    2. Establish communication strategies for both patients and providers that promote appropriate antibiotic use
    3. Describe successful strategies for managing patient and provider expectations in the inpatient and outpatient settings

    Pro/Con: Human vs Machine - Most Bang for Your Buck?
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Thursday, April 25

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe key financial metrics that can be used to measure success of an ASP
    2. Describe how to synthesize and present data alone and in combination to tell the story
    3. Discuss effective ways to use financial data to drive change or enhance existing programs
    4. Discuss how to translate susceptibility data into dollars and sense

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    Women in Epi Breakfast
    6:45 am - 7:50 am
    6:45 am - 7:50 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Ebola 5 Years Later: Applying Lessons Learned from the Biocontainment Units to the Ward
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify the impact of Ebola preparedness on HCW knowledge and compliance with isolation precautions.
    2. Integrate human factors engineering approaches into effective infection prevention interventions
    3. Evaluate approaches, including disinfection, to reduce cross-contamination during PPE doffing, during routine patient care.

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    HAI in Pediatrics 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss current strategies to prevent CAUTIs in children
    2. Discuss current strategies to prevent SSIs in children
    3. Discuss the role clinical care algorithms for neonatal sepsis have in antibiotic stewardship and diagnostic stewardship in neonates.
    4. Discuss recent updates to HICPAC guidelines and how they will impact pediatrics.

    Networking Lunch with Poster Presentations
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Joint APIC Session: Infection Prevention in the OR Coordinator
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Break
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Pro/Con: Diagnostic Stewardship for C. Diff - Are We Building Our Own Latrine?
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand the role of asymptomatic C. difficile colonization in the spread of C. difficile infection in hospital settings.
    2. Understand the use of clinical testing criteria to target “appropriate” C. difficile testing.
    3. Understand how inappropriate C. difficile testing can lead to over-treatment and inappropriate publicly reported metrics.

    Networking Break
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    From Burned Out to Fired Up: Finding Partners in Wellness & Advocacy
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the definition of burnout
    2. Discuss practical strategies to minimize burnout in our daily work
    3. Discuss strategies to be an “agent for change” in our careers and advocacy work

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    Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research Strategies with a Practical Twist for Infection Prevention
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify different strategies for collecting data to improve infection prevention practices and the pros and cons of these different strategies
    2. Describe ways of combining and presenting different types of data to better inform infection prevention activities

    Abstract Session
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Pro/Con: Is It Time to Change the Dress Code? Contact Precautions for MRSA and VRE in Pediatrics
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the evidence supporting the use of contact precautions to prevent the transmission of pathogens such as MRSA and VRE.
    2. List the potential negative consequences associated with contact precautions.
    3. Be able perform an evidence-based risk assessment related to the use of contact precautions for MRSA and VRE

    Abstract Session
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

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    CDC Track
    Breakfast with Poster Viewing
    6:45 am - 7:50 am
    6:45 am - 7:50 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Leadership and Communication Skills
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss Agenda development, Inclusiveness, Action and follow up
    2. Review responsibility and task management, and Feedback mechanisms
    3. Identify the importance of collaboration with other hospital groups/teams and stakeholders
    4. Recognize the basics of effective communication
    5. Indicate basic skills for effective negotiation
    6. Demonstrate how to speak to the financial impacts and cost-effectiveness of proposed interventions

    The Hospital Epidemiologist as A Clinical Educator
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Distinguish principles of adult learning necessary to effectively teach and to design educational interventions
    2. Identify the forums and tools for effective delivery of education including didactic lectures, small-group case-based discussions, and one-on-one instruction
    3. Classify the target audience and be able to vary teaching modalities & methods based on audience, level of training and knowledge base
    4. Identify mechanisms for delivering education including unit-level training, hands-on skills demonstration, computer based modules, and simulation
    5. Assess the stage of the learner, ensure topic is meaningful and relevant to learner’s work, articulate goals, encourage active learner involvement, and provide feedback

    Occupational Infection Prevention
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Illustrate the role of healthcare personnel (HCP) in the transmission of healthcare-associated infections
    2. Identify the recommended strategies, including immunization and use of screening tests, designed to prevent
    3. HCP-associated transmission of pathogens
    4. Identify the approach to HCP infected with a blood borne virus
    5. Summarize the management of contagious disease exposures among HCP, including the use of post-exposure prophylaxis

    The Role of the Laboratory In Healthcare Epidemiology
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the major roles of the clinical laboratory in infection prevention, outbreak response, and antibiotic stewardship
    2. Identify promising developments in rapid and/or molecular diagnostic testing in the microbiology lab, including when and how such testing should be incorporated into infection prevention efforts
    3. Assess test characteristics (e.g. sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value) and that a change in testing methodology may result in an apparent change in incidence or prevalence of an infection or pathogen
    4. Develop and interpret an antibiogram that is consistent with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) recommendations
    5. Know when to utilize molecular typing methods for infection prevention and outbreak response, and describe the strengths and limitations of existing typing methods

    How to Read a Study & Perform Research
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Examine concepts of study design, implementation of a study infrastructure, analytic methods, data needs and interpretation of data for observational and intervention studies
    2. Distinguish approaches to evaluate the impact of an intervention, including:
    a. Decreases in rates of HAIs
    b. Changes in prevalence or incidence of resistant organisms
    c. Reductions in inappropriate device use
    d. Reductions in Antibiotic use
    e. Reductions in length of hospitalization
    f. Decreases in cost
    3. Assess when to use various study designs such as before after and cluster randomized trials, and when to use various analyses such as time-series analysis
    4. Calculate p values, confidence intervals and effect estimates/odds ratios to evaluate data for identification of epidemiologic trends, analysis of outbreaks and in the conduct of formal epidemiologic studies
    5. Assess the process for presentation of analytic study data in varying formats, including summary presentations

    Business of Infection Prevention: Promoting Growth of a Program
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Friday, Apil 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explain the importance of physician and administrative leader buy in for an infection prevention Program
    2. Indicate how to write and present to institutional leadership a strategic plan and business case for instituting, maintaining, and expanding of an infection control program
    3. Learn how to successfully recruit physician and administrative champions for planned programs
    4. Discuss how to develop and present a report detailing the rationale and proposed benefits of a Program or intervention, including financial analysis, improvement in patient safety, and justification for funding of proposed team members
    5. Demonstrate how to develop and present annual reports detailing interventions, cost-savings/maintenance, improved patient safety

    Regulatory & Emergency Preparedness
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    2:45 pm-3:15 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. State the role and functions of public health entities at local, state, and national levels
    2. Review core emergency preparedness concepts, including emergency response planning, incident command functions, and facility response to emergent events
    3. Assist in policy and response plan development and evaluation for infection-related events, such as bioterrorism or pandemic respiratory pathogens
    4. Recite an overview of the system of state, federal, and accrediting organization oversight and requirements for healthcare facilities prepare for and survive a visit from CMS, TJC, and State DPH

    Putting It All Together
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Review an interactive case which leads course participants through the work up of a massive exposure in their healthcare facility
    2. Identify skills learned to identify which pathogen is responsible, and the mode of transmission
    3. Identify which healthcare workers and patients were exposed and who needs prophylaxis and/or isolation.
    4. Apply communication skills to effectively convey information within the healthcare organization and to the media
    5. List leadership skills to help respond, organize, and manage the massive exposure

    AS Track
    AS Track
    Joint Stewardship Abstract Session
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Case Study: Stewardship and C. diff Infection
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss strategies for collaboration with healthcare partners to optimize C.difficile management
    2. Discuss which stewardship strategies are most effective for C. difficile control based on current practice and guidelines
    3. Describe the pros and cons of rapid diagnostic testing and reporting for C.difficile

    Is the Frontline the next Frontier of ASP?
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss innovative strategies for engaging patients and their families in stewardship
    2. Discuss innovative strategies for engaging nursing in ASP using huddles, handoffs, interdisciplinary rounds
    3. Address disparities in stewardship education in nursing as compared to other healthcare professionals

    Case Study: Adult Case: Interventions to Improve Management of Urinary Tract Infections
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the importance of accurate specimen collection and interpretation
    2. Discuss established criteria which may guide decision making
    3. Discuss use of EMR to reduce catheter days
    4. Discuss the role of education in preventing overtreatment of asymptomatic bacteruria

    There's An App For That: Role Of Decision Support Tools & Informatics
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss how to identify areas that are conducive to using apps
    2. List examples of how portable information technology has assisted successful stewardship programs in various setting
    3. Discuss challenges with developing apps and points to consider

    Case Study: Developing ASP in Ambulatory Care
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define unique challenges of ambulatory stewardship, such as securing resources, developing a team and recruiting stewardship champions
    2. Identify how behavioral psychology influences antibiotic use in the ambulatory setting
    3. Describe outpatient syndromes well suited for stewardship intervention and effective methods of measuring their outcomes

    Transitions of Care
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date
    Friday, April 26

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the role of the physician steward and pharmacy steward in streamlining OPAT care and maximizing patient outcomes
    2. Discuss the role of long term IV versus PO antibiotic therapy and the increasing body of literature in support of PO therapy for osteomyelitis and other syndromes
    3. Discuss the central stewardship –OPAT dilemma of regimen convenience vs. most targeted therapy