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NYSPFP CDI/MDRO/ASP In-Person Conference: Addressing the Environment as a Reservoir for Infection

11/14/2018, 11/15/2018

NYSPFP will host two regional, in-person conferences on reducing the spread of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs). Each conference will feature faculty from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), a success story from a hospital in the region, and a storyboard gallery walk. NYSPFP conference participants will also have an opportunity to join the SHEA Connection Tour meeting.

SHEA faulty will provide an overview of the epidemiology of MDROs in the hospital and approaches to prevention, discuss how to reduce the role of the environment in the transmission of infection in the health care setting, and detail novel technologies such as ultraviolet light technology and other new technologies, cleaning techniques, and emerging issues.

In addition to the expert faculty presentations, participants also will engage in group action planning and hands-on, faculty-led workshops to promote best practices and provide specific implementation strategies for hospitals.


• Keith S. Kaye, MD, MPH, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School, and President of the Board of Trustees for SHEA
• Philip C. Carling, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Syracuse Hospital Presenter:
• Lynne Brown, RN, BSN, MBA, CIC, Associate Quality Officer, Director of Infection Prevention, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center. Ms. Brown will discuss how Strong engaged multidisciplinary frontline staff to implement a bundle of interventions, including environmental cleaning, hand hygiene, and ASPs to reduce rates of clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and overall hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

Manhattan Hospital Presenter:
• David Calfee, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Health Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine and Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Calfee will detail how his hospital effectively engaged and educated hospital staff and environmental service workers (ESWs) to improve environmental cleaning, reduce pathogen transmission, and prevent HAIs.


Storyboard Gallery Walk Each conference will feature a storyboard gallery walk. NYSPFP invites you to share your hospital’s antibiotic stewardship program (ASP) journey through one or all of the rapid-cycle improvement phases covered in NYSPFP’s ASP programming over the past two years. The storyboard presentations are an opportunity for hospitals to showcase their ASP implementation strategies and successes. If you would like to submit a storyboard for either the upstate or downstate event, please contact your NYSPFP Project Manager for more information. All storyboards should be submitted to wlee@gnyha.org by the close of business on October 29. Download Storyboard Template and Instructions

Who Should Attend

NYSPFP encourages infection preventionists, pharmacologists, antibiotic stewardship teams, staff who prescribe/administer antibiotics, and environmental services leaders to attend. Please be prepared to share your own experiences on the topic and any questions you have.

Who To Contact

Please contact your NYSPFP project manager for additional information or with questions. For technical assistance, contact registration support at (518) 431-7867 or learning@hanys.org.


Conference details and registration links are listed below. Both events run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Syracuse
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
Register online for the Syracuse event

NYSPFP will also stream from the Syracuse location for those unable to personally attend.
Register for the streaming event

Thursday, November 15, 2018, Manhattan
Greater New York Hospital Association Conference Center, 15th Floor
555 W 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Register online for the Manhattan Event

Continuing Education

NYSPFP is offering continuing education contact hours for this event.
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