Joan Seidel, MA, RN, CIC, infection preventionist of Robinson Memorial Hospital was part of a research team selected to present their research poster, “Hand Contamination of Healthcare Workers in an Ambulatory Wound Care Setting,” at The APIC 2013 Annual Conference and International Meeting, June 8-10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 14,000 members. APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost.
Seidel and her colleagues developed the poster after a pilot research project to investigate possible contamination of healthcare workers’ hands in the ambulatory care or outpatient setting. Very little information has been published on this topic in the literature. “We were really thrilled to have our poster chosen for APIC, it was great to know there was interest in this important topic,” stated Seidel. “Our group is looking forward to expanding the pilot study into a larger research project.”
The preliminary project results featured on the poster showed there was recovery of clinically significant organisms from the hands of healthcare workers in this setting. “Our team had a sense there would be concerning organisms found, and it is important to show that adequate hand hygiene is vital no matter what the care setting,” said Seidel.
The team consisted of Nancy Reynolds, BSN, RN, CIC and Ginnie Abel, BA, RN, CIC of Summa Health System; Diane Salisbury, MSN, RN, CIC of Akron General Medical Center; Joan Seidel, MA, RN, CIC of Robinson Memorial Hospital; Elizabeth Young, BSN, RN, CIC and Lorie Lerner, MSN, RN, CIC of Infection Prevention Consultant; and James Bingham, MS and Jane Kirk, MSN, RN, CIC of GOJO Industries, Inc.