June is always a busy month for tradeshows. This week was no exception as my colleagues and I attended APIC 2012 in San Antonio, TX. I never did find the other delegate who had #0222 on their pin, but with over 2000 people walking around is it any wonder and I sure had fun walking up to people and asking what number are you?
To say that APIC can be overwhelming is an understatement. If you so choose, there are sessions from 6am in the morning and evening symposiums that run until 8 or 9pm (the non-educational functions run later if you know what I mean!). There were 238 exhibitors with booths ranging from mediocre to SPECTACULAR hocking all sorts of infection prevention and control related items…and some not so infection prevention and control items. The 9 hours of exhibit time over three days made some serious strategizing to ensure you saw what you wanted to!
The education sessions themselves covered every topic an Infection Preventionist could want and Dr. William Rutala’s talk the opening morning was packed with people standing and sitting on the floor! Truth be told, if they walked to the far side of the room there were plenty of chairs available! There were two workshops focusing on disinfection: 2.5 hrs focusing on the role environmental contamination plays in transmission of HAIs and 2.5 hrs on High-Level Disinfection, Sterilization and Antisepsis. All heady stuff if like me you’re a bit geeky on the topic if disinfection!
There were 17 posters is the “Antisepsis/Disinfection/Sterilization” grouping the ones of particular interest were:
• Disinfect To Protect – Developing a System to Enhance Disinfection of Patient Care Equipment. The researchers after the initial audit found that equipment disinfection occurring only 47% of the time (that’s only slightly better than typical Hand Hygiene rates – no wonder we spread HAIs!) After the intervention the compliance increased to 74.3%, but that still leaves a whack of dirty equipment out there waiting to be used and waiting to spread HAIs!
• Hydrogen Peroxide Patient Privacy Cubical Curtain Cleaning Study. Privacy curtains have been found to carry high loads of pathogens and as a frequently touched surface between laundering of the curtains the researchers investigated is spraying a 3% H2O2 solution would decrease the bioburden and found that in fact after just 5 mins of dry time the bio-burden significantly decreases.
• Cleaning Practices for Hospital Mattresses in Top US Adult Hospitals. The researchers conducted a survey of the top 113 Hospitals in the US to learn what products and procedures cleaning for mattresses to determine if they met the recommended cleaning practices (clean with soap and water, disinfect the surface and the rinse the surface. Of the 69 hospitals that participated in the survey, only 6 reported rinsing off the disinfectant while only 16/69 cleaned with a detergent prior to disinfection. Cleaning recommendations are not followed which may lead to failure in adequate cleaning and disinfection and may also damage the surface of the mattress.
The Onsite Program with all of the abstracts can be found on the APIC Website: http://ac2012.site.apic.org/files/2012/06/AC2012_final_onsite.pdf be sure to check them out!