Certified Leadership Course for Environmental Services in Healthcare
Today more than ever, patients are at risk of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs). Environmental Cleaning is a fundamental principle of preventing infection in the hospital setting.
In 2016, U.S. hospitals were penalized by Medicare for having patients return within 30 days of discharge, losing a combined $420 million. Moreover, surgical patients who develop infections are 60% more likely to require admission to a hospital’s intensive care unit. Surgical infections are believed to account for up to $10 billion annually. Are you okay with lost CMS reimbursement? Do you see a need to continue your professional development? Is it time for an operational tune-up for your department?
As a leader of the Environmental Services Department, you are faced with these questions:
- What are the options for cleaning, disinfecting and monitoring the patient-care environment to reduce surface contamination and prevent HAIs?
- What approaches are currently in use, and what strategies have recently emerged?
- How do cleaning, disinfection and monitoring strategies interact?
- Do current benchmarks exist for defining “clean” surfaces?
- What equipment is necessary to support EVS operations?
- What are important considerations when training EVS staff?
Can you answer these questions as they relate to your healthcare facility?
If you ignore the problem, it just gets worse!
What most EVS leaders do when facing a knowledge gap is:
- Change disinfectants
- Try a new line of chemicals
- Buy a “no-touch” room disinfection system
Both porous surfaces (e.g., mattresses) and nonporous surfaces (e.g., bedrails) in patient rooms are highly susceptible to bacterial contamination with dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile, and antibiotic-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and multiple species of Acinetobacter.
Patients who acquire infections from surgery spend, on average, an additional 6.5 days in the hospital, are five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge and twice as likely to die. But for most situations, none of that works. HAI rates show relatively little improvement. And, what happens if you just do nothing? If you just keep doing what you’ve been doing the health and safety of your patients, visitors and staff are placed in jeopardy.
Once upon a time, I stumbled my way through high school finding no practical use for biology or chemistry classes. To me, they didn’t have anything to do with “real life.” If I only knew then what I know now…
After 34 years of leading hospital environmental services team of up to 300 FTEs, I have learned that “real life” means bacteria, viruses and fungi. Real life means patient’s #1 Fear of entering the hospital is “GERMS.” And, real life knows how to fight and defeat the agents of disease through better, more thorough cleaning and disinfection.
I want you to experience classroom learning activities that equip you with the knowledge necessary to confront the present AND the future. Simple cleaning of the environmental surfaces may be one of our key defenses in the future battle against infectious disease. With antibiotic-resistant organisms proliferating on common touch-points for up to 56 or more days, the study of cleaning and measuring cleanliness is becoming all-important.
When you attend the four-day course, you’ll get the following:
- Infection prevention through better cleaning
- Identifying the enemy
- Coming to terms
- Introducing Hands-On infection prevention strategies
- Pondering the possibilities of “green disinfection”
- Soft surfaces in healthcare and the problems they create
- The Seven Steps of Processing
- Establishing your own “Standards of Appearance”
- Busting up biofilm
- “C-diff Happens” for non-clinical staff
- Discover Cleaning to a Scientific Standard
- How to inspect what you expect-Measuring Clean
- Disinfectants: What’s in Your Bucket
- No-touch room disinfection systems
- A certification program for front-line EVS technicians
You will get this, too:
- Design for Maintainability-both cleaning and disinfection
- Seven Aspects of Surface Selection in Healthcare
- Discover the OSHA e-tool for healthcare
- Brief discussion of CDC guidelines for cleaning/disinfection; EPA; the Joint Commission; CMS
As a bonus, we will spend an ample amount of time discussing “how to keep your in-house operation in house”:
- Benchmarking, work loading and productivity
- How many supervisors do I need?
- How many floor finishers do I need?
- Look at tools and equipment to enhance your operation
- Perform an audit of your operation
- Articulate the value of your department
If for some reason you’re not delighted with the classroom instruction, the interaction you have with other industry professionals, the materials you will be able to take back to your workplace, and the overall experience of a live class, then just let me know - and you get 100% of your registration back, via a check, directly from GCI to you.
How you finish is far more important than how you start. You don’t wake up each morning thinking, “Okay, how can I fail today?” Successful endings are the result of good choices and consistent discipline put in sequence over an entire career. You are at the proverbial fork in the road. You can continue leading the way you’re comfortable with, keep your head down and hope nothing worse happens, or, you can spend four days in a classroom of your peers discovering a better, more effective approach to providing a safe, clean and disinfected environment for your patients.
Classroom space is limited for this ‘on off’ LIVE event as I don’t know if this course will be offered again in 2017. Here is your call to action… Simply click on the registration button above and fill out the Eventbrite form.
Register before May 1 and get $250 off the price of the course. Instead of $1,995, you pay $1,745. After May 1, 2017 the price will be $1,995.
J. Darrel Hicks, BA, REH, CHESP, Certified Expert Trainer-
Began his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981 and recently retired as the former Director of Environmental services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States.
Darrel is the owner/principal of Darrel Hicks, LLC. His enterprise specializes in B2B consulting, webinar presentations, seminars and facility consulting services related to cleaning and disinfection
Hicks was President of the IEHA-Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide during the term 2006-2008 and holds the title of Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH).
He is an active member in AHE (the Association for the Healthcare Environment) and holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Health-care Environmental Services Professional) through that great organization as well.
He is also accredited as an official ISSA Cleaning Industry Standard Certification Trainer and Certified as an EXPERT TRAINER.
Hicks is nationally recognized as one of the subject matter experts in infection prevention and control as it relates to cleaning. He has written and published numerous articles in professional and healthcare related journals as part of his commitment to providing a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment.
In 2010, Hicks authored “Infection Prevention for Dummies”, a 43-page, pocket-size book with topics such as: Use cleaning techniques to keep infection at bay; Match the disinfectant to the situation; Understand disinfectant label claims; Keep your environment healthy.