Reducing Bacterial Load and Healthcare Acquired Infections in your Unit

Kathleen Vollman

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Lecture overview

Is the spread of multi-drug resistant (MDRO) organisms a major problem in your patient care environment? Then consider designing a plan of attack using the latest evidence and implementation strategies to win the bug war. MDRO’s contribute to serious infections and higher mortality in acute and critically ill patients. This session will explore modes of transmission to outline a strategy for source control. Habitual care practices including bathing, oral hygiene, and handwashing will be examined closely as potential sources. An in-depth focus on the development of evidence-based care practices and protocols and the examination of resources and systems that support source control and reduce transmission will be discussed. Let’s eradicate the bugs together.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast narrow and expanded views of the nurse’s patient advocacy role and identify key basic nursing care that prevents harm.
  2. Identify modes of transmission for the spread of microorganism in the critical care environment. 
  3. Define key evidence-based practices that can reduce the bacterial load and/or prevent the development of healthcare-acquired infections.
  4. Outline key program steps using case examples for creating a source control program within your unit.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Kathleen Vollman

Kathleen Vollman is a Critical Care Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, such as pulmonary, critical care, prevention of healthcare acquired injuries, work culture, and sepsis recognition & management. From 1989 to 2003 Kathleen functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. 

Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focussed on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. 

Kathleen is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI, and HAPI, as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for the American Hospital Association and the Michigan Hospital Association. 

In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine, in 2009 she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses, and in 2012, she was appointed to serve as an Honorary Ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and is currently the financial Director.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.