APIC San Diego Chapter

San Diego & Imperial County Chapter

About APIC

The national organization of APIC is committed to advancing its mission of creating a safer world through prevention of infection.

Mission Statement

The mission of the APIC San Diego & Imperial County chapter is to improve patient care and safety through the implementation of infection prevention practices within the community it serves. APIC SD/IC advances its mission by influencing healthcare policy, promoting public awareness of healthcare associated infections and facilitating the growth, collaboration, development and competency of its members through quality education and CIC certification.

Membership

If you would like to join our chapter, click here and add the SD Chapter (#057, $20 extra) to the national APIC membership application. We host a monthly lunch meeting with a continuing education presentation, a chapter business discussion, a certification in infection control study session, and a great way to network with local Infection Preventionists and other industry partners.

 

News & Announcements

Diversey 2019 APIC Conference Educational Scholarships

Expanding the knowledge of Infection Preventionists and enabling best practice sharing is critical to creating a safer environment for patients. To help facilitate learning and sharing, Diversey is pleased to offer Educational Scholarships to attend the 2019 APIC Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Diversey will be awarding 25 US Scholarship Awards and 2 International Scholarship Awards. Each recipient will receive $1,000 towards expenses to attend the APIC Conference June 12-14th in Philadelphia, PA. From a pool of applicants, Diversey will select 25 domestic and 2 international individuals to receive $1,000 to apply against travel and conference expenses. To be selected you must be: • Currently working in the Infection Prevention arena. • Demonstrate your active engagement in an area of healthcare associated infection prevention and epidemiology by briefly sharing a key project. • To apply, please visit http://solutionsdesignedforhealthcare.com/2019-apic-scholarship-application • Application deadline: Friday, April 12th, 2019 • Winners will be notified: Friday, April 23rd, 2019 • Contact Larinda Becker (Larinda.Becker@diversey.com) or Annah Burns (Annah.Burns@diversey.com) with any questions

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2019 Scholarship Applications Available

Educational Reimbursement (ER) awards are to support educational opportunities that will enhance infection prevention skills and abilities. All SD/IC APIC members from novice to advanced practice are welcome to apply. Find them below, or in our Links and Tools section. http://sdapic.org/important-links-tools/

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Don’t Miss the First Long Term Care Facility Flu Symposium

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency invites you to the First Long Term Care Facility Flu Symposium. Please join us for this informative event. Topics will include: Review of 2017-18 Influenza Activity in San Diego County Outbreak Reporting, Response, and CDPH Guidelines Infection Control, Antivirals, and Post Exposure Prophylaxis Public Health Officer Mandate and Healthcare Worker Vaccination Speakers for the event will be: Raymond Y.W. Chinn, MD Medical Director, Infection Prevention Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego, CA Jackie Hopkins, MPH Epidemiologist II Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch County of San Diego Public Health Services Jeff Johnson, MPH Senior Epidemiologist Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch County of San Diego Public Health Services Eric McDonald, MD, MPH Medical Director Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch County of San Diego Public Health Services Mark Sawyer, MD Medical Director of the UCSD San Diego Immunization Partnership Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the UCSD School of Medicine, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego If you have not yet registered for the Symposium, please do so at: https://ltcf_flu2018.eventbrite.com. Email Harrison.Bolter@sdcounty.ca.gov if you have questions.

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APIC Implementation Guide: IP’s Guide to the OR (updated)

APIC Implementation Guides help infection preventionists apply current scientific knowledge and best practices to achieve targeted outcomes and enhance patient safety. This series reflects APIC’s commitment to implementation science and focus on the utilization of infection prevention research. Topic-specific information is presented in an easy-to-understand and use format that includes numerous examples and tools. DOWNLOAD A COPY HERE Or visit www.apic.org/implementationguides to learn more and to access all of the titles in the Implementation Guide series. Figure 2. Comparison of SSI Prevention Guidelines 2016-2017 DOWNLOAD JJMDC provided an educational grant for the attached May 2018 AORN Journal article titled, An Incision Closure Bundle for Colorectal Surgery which was co-authored by several, renowned infection preventionists. DOWNLOAD

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How to do a lot with a little: SSI Surveillance in ASCs Webinar

As part of a project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) invites you to attend a webinar discussion on how to conduct SSI surveillance in the ASC setting. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9-10am PT. (SEE FLYER)

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SD/IC APIC Chapter Educational Reimbursement Award Applications

2018 Educational Reimbursement (ER) Awards Available: SD/IC APIC is happy to announce that we are providing one (1) $2000 Educational Reimbursement (ER) award to support educational opportunities that will enhance infection prevention skills and abilities. All SD/IC APIC members from novice to advanced practice are welcome to apply. The SD/IC APIC Educational Reimbursement must be used by the recipient to fund attendance at the upcoming National APIC Conference. $2000 National APIC Education Reimbursement Award           Application MUST be completed by March 31, 2018 $600 "Leg Day" Educational Reimbursement Awards $500 Educational Reimbursement Awards   These ER applications are available on our Links page, CLICK HERE.    

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