The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) seeks to prevent and control morbidity, mortality and the cost of healthcare-associate infections by promoting the prevention of HAIs and antibiotic resistance. AIONX’s® mission is similar; AIONX® strives to develop products and services that will assist with the prevention and early diagnosis of infectious diseases and help hospitals provide a cleaner, patient environment.
Reducing HAI rates takes a concerted effort, shared goals and real-world solutions. The annual SHEA Conference of 2018 gathered healthcare professionals and experts in various fields and allowed them to network and communicate with each other about healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, long-term care, research methods, clinical microbiology, patient safety and quality, and implementation science. Ultimately, the annual SHEA Conference provided healthcare professionals with the space and time to share knowledge and work towards decreasing HAIs.
AIONX’s® team attended multiple sessions that they found to be informational and relevant to the AIONX® CleanSurface™ Covers.
- “Healthcare Epidemiology: Introduction to an Emerging Field,” was a joint session led by Trish Perl, MD, former president of SHEA. Perl discussed the importance and challenges of basic concepts in infection prevention, including environmental cleaning.
- “The Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection” was a session led by Dr. Deborah Yokoe. Yokoe reviewed the study and discussed compendium strategies to prevent HAIs.
- One of our biggest highlights from the SHEA Conference was hearing Dr. Rutala, MPH, Ph.D., speak about the sterilization and disinfection of patient care items and medical equipment.
- “Special Populations: Immunocompromised, Dialysis & Burn Patients” was a session that was also led by Dr. Deborah Yokoe. Dr. Yokoe discussed the importance of a clean hospital environment in reducing the incidence of infection in burn patients.