APIC San Diego Chapter

2017 San Diego APIC Annual Conference

  • 2014 Annual Conference

Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards
35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA

Friday, September 22, 2017


Topic: “Controversies in Infection Prevention”

Program Description:

The field of Infection Prevention (IP) is constantly evolving and guidance around IP practices updates and changes continually.  This year the San Diego/Imperial County APIC chapter Annual Conference will focus on some of those evolving and controversial issues.  Objectives for this conference will be to educate and enlighten participants regarding some of the more difficult subjects facing Infection Prevention today. This educational program is for professionals in Infection Prevention, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, OR staff, Environmental Services, Home Health, Long Term Care, Ambulatory Care,  and Ambulatory Surgical Centers. 6.0 Hours of CEU credits will be provided for this event.  There will be a vendor fair, raffle prizes and wine tasting at end of the event.

Program Outline:

  • 7:30 to 8:00 Registration, Breakfast &Vendor Displays
  • 8:00 to 8:10  Welcome and Announcements
  • 8:10 to 9:00  Barbara DeBaun  Change…why it’s hard and how IPs can influence it
  • 9:00 to 9:50 Raymond Chinn, MD  The Elusive Clostridium difficile: What we Know and What we Don’t Know
  • 9:50 to 10:20  Break and Vendor Fair
  • 10:20 to 11:10  Mark Sawyer MD The Real Truth about Vaccines

  • 11:10 to 12:00  Eric McDonald MD, Current Issues in Public Health
  • 12:00 to 1:00  Lunch Buffet and Vendor Fair
  • 1:00 to 1:50  Barbara DeBaun  The Culture of Culturing
  • 1:50 to 2:10 Break and Vendor Fair
  • 2:10 to 3:00   Amy Nichols/Shannon Oriola   Point/Counterpoint: Contact Precautions for MRSA/VRE: Is it Really Necessary?
  • 3:00 to 3:30  Closing Comments/Raffle Prizes/Wine Tasting to follow

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Barbara DeBaun 

Barb DeBaun has over 35 years of experience in the field of infection prevention and quality improvement. In addition to her role at Vestagen, she is currently an Improvement Advisor for Cynosure Health. In this role, she provides vision and leadership in the development, implementation and facilitation of performance improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations. Previously, Barb was an improvement advisor for BEACON, the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, and was the director of patient safety and infection control at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is an adjunct faculty member at Dominican University of California.

Barb is an active member of APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, having served as the chair of the 2012 APIC Annual Conference Committee and as a member of the APIC Education Committee and the APIC Practice Guidance Council. She recently served as an elected member of APIC Board of Directors and as APIC’s liaison to the CDC’s Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).  Barb is also a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).  She has lectured both nationally and internationally on a variety of patient safety and infection control topics and has published over a dozen articles and several book chapters. In 2008, she was selected as Infection Control Today’s Educator of the Year.

Ms. DeBaun earned a BSN from Pace University and MSN from San Francisco State University. She is a Certified Infection Control Practitioner

Raymond Chinn, MD

Dr. Raymond Chinn is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus.  He was appointed to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) where he served two terms.  Dr. Chinn was one of the original members of the California Department of Public Health Healthcare-Associated Infection Advisory Committee.  He is on the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Infectious Disease Society of California and has been instrumental in developing the Society’s offerings on antimicrobial stewardship and infection Prevention for California.  Dr. Chinn is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society and of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology.  He was appointed to the SHEA’s Education and Research Foundation this year.  His clinical interest include prevention of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and management of HIV infection and infections associated with organ transplantation and cardiac devices.

Mark Sawyer, MD

Dr. Sawyer is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the UCSD School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.  He is the medical director of the UCSD San Diego Immunization Partnership, a contract with the San Diego County Agency for Health and Human Services to improve immunization delivery in San Diego. He is a current member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases and the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.  Dr. Sawyer is a past-member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Dr. Sawyer has engaged in projects in San Diego and California to increase communication with the community on the subject of vaccine hesitancy and to develop a curriculum for primary care residents to teach elements of vaccine safety and vaccine safety communication.  His three children are fully immunized.

Dr. Eric McDonald, MD

Eric McDonald is the Communicable Disease Control Officer and Medical Director, Epidemiology and Immunizations Services Branch, Public Health Services, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). He leads Public Health Services efforts in conjunction with the SDHC HIE to include projects integrating the San Diego Immunization Registry into the exchange, enhancing electronic laboratory reporting and syndromic surveillance, and promoting the effective and timely use of pre hospital data through the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data hub. He is a Clinical Instructor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and lectures on public health topics on a regular basis at the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health.

Amy Nichols

Since 2005, Amy Nichols has served as the Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the University of California San Francisco Health in San Francisco, California. UCSF Health provides quaternary health care for the region, and is a referral center for adult and pediatric patients from around the world requiring specialty care in orthopedic, spine, gastrointestinal and cardiac surgery, fetal surgery, diseases of memory and aging, solid and liquid organ transplantation, congenital diseases, high-risk obstetrics, fecal microbiota transplantation, and more.

Prior to 2005, Ms. Nichols managed the Infection Control Department at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland, CA, and Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, CA.  She has been certified in Infection Control since 1997.

Ms. Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1979, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1983, and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 2001.  Her nursing career includes orthopedic surgery, burn care, critical care, emergency care and infection prevention.

Ms. Nichols currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Legislative Representative for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Ms. Nichols volunteers at a local homeless shelter and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she teaches knitting, and at church where she holds leadership positions in music ministry and administration.  She and her husband raise chickens, bees, fruits and vegetables on their urban “farmette.”

Shannon Oriola

Shannon Oriola has over 20 years of experience in Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology. Currently she is Manager of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. Shannon’s leadership experience includes serving at the national level on the APIC Board of Directors, Chair of the Public Policy Committee, and as a member of the Practice Guidance Committee.  At the state level, Shannon served two terms as president of the California APIC Coordinating Council working on a variety of state legislative issues and educational programs, and served as a member to the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee of the California Department of Public Health. She completed two terms as president of APIC San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter in addition to serving as Treasurer.

Shannon’s passion for preventing infection through community activity is evident through her membership of the San Diego County Medical Society’s GERM Commission and participation in several APIC/SHEA workgroups. Her commitment to contributing knowledge to the profession can be seen by her numerous lectures at the local, state, national, and international levels. She has published a number of journal articles, position papers and abstracts, co-authored two APIC Elimination Guides as well as co-authored the recently published: Necessary Infrastructure of Infection Prevention and Health Care Epidemiology Programs: A Review. In addition, she served as extended faculty for the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) CAUTI CUSP project. Shannon is recognized by the media as a resource for infection prevention, having appeared locally on television and quoted nationally in magazines and journals.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, is Board Certified in Infection Control, and has been awarded Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC).

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