Meet Our Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

Kim Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA, HCM, CIC and Annemarie Flood, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Summary of the talk: Building a business case for an effective IP program: This session will provide participants the tools to develop a business case for their IP program with a hands on workshop utilizing the lecture and tools presented.

Vicki Keller, RN, MSN, PHN, CIC

Linda Miller, RN, CIC

Summary of the talk: During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, an employee death prompted a thorough investigation for occupational exposure, an OSHA visit, and subsequent lawsuit. This session will tell the story of one IP's journey through the legal system and defense of the infection prevention program and facility during a global pandemic with an ever-changing landscape.

Jason Newland, MD, MEd, FPIDS

Summary of the talk: Annually 23000 Americans die from an antibiotic resistant infection while an additional 2 million are infected with an antibiotic resistant infection. Finally, C. difficile infections occur in 250,000 Americans resulting in an additional 19,000 deaths. Antimicrobial stewardship is an important mechanism to address this growing problem. This lecture will discuss the history of antibiotics, the current state of our antibiotic armamentarium and the impact that hospital-based antimicrobial stewardship programs have had to date. Finally, we will discuss the importance of infection preventionists in aiding in the appropriate use of antimicrobials.