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AHE’s online suite of programs offers an opportunity to engage with course facilitators, as well as, other learners and practitioners. Together, participants delve into common work issues, as well as, more complex challenges to gain a more global understanding of how essential Environmental Services is to healthcare - and the role we play in saving lives.
AHE's 2018 Webinar descriptions and registration links are all listed below. For a list of 2016 and 2017 webinars, click HERE.
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Training Approaches to Drive Staff Engagement and Sustainable Improvement
Environmental Services plays a key role in infection prevention and patient satisfaction, both of which impact a hospital’s bottom line. This session will focus on the importance of relevant and engaging training for environmental services staff and how best to develop and deliver it to ensure active learning.
Join Linda Homan, BSN, CIC to learn more about methods and techniques for engaging and training environmental services staff.
Release Date: Wednesday, July 11
Hepatitis A: An ongoing Multi-State Outbreak and Its Importance to Environmental Services in Health Care Settings
Kentucky and Indiana have become the latest states to experience Hepatitis A outbreaks in 2018 joining Utah, California and Michigan. Both states have historically had about 20 cases of Hepatitis reported in a typical year. However, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has reported more than 400 cases of Hepatitis A since August 2017, and Indiana, 69, since January 2018. Both states are taking measures to address the outbreak emphasizing high-risk groups including those who are homeless or housing insecure, injection and non-injection drug users, and men who have sex with men. Recent cases have been identified among food service workers resulting in the inclusion of those handling food in targeted vaccination efforts.
Join Ruth Carrico, PhD DNP to learn more about this outbreak and its impact on health care workers and those responsible for environmental service and food service departments in health care settings.
Release Date: Wednesday, June 6
Hospital "Trash Talk": An Introduction to Solid Waste Management in Health Care Facilities
One of the most difficult challenges faced by health care environmental services managers is to develop programs to manage waste material in a manner that is prescribed by law; safe for workers, the public, and the environment; and demonstrates economic stewardship. This session explores the identification of waste streams common to health care facilities: basic federal regulatory framework and liabilities as they pertain to waste management; methods to manage regulated waste, such as hazardous waste, pharmacy waste, medical waste and PHI; as well as some perspectives on waste minimization. Join Ruth Carrico, PhD DNP to learn more about this outbreak and its impact on health care workers and those responsible for environmental service and food service departments in health care settings.
Join Lloyd Duplechan to learn more about solid waste management in Health Care facilities.
Release Date: Wednesday, May 23.
Do You Have a Seat at the Table?
Environmental services leaders and professionals must have an understanding of, and ensure their involvement with, design and construction of new healthcare space or renovation of existing space. Managers and directors must be knowledgeable and counted on as subject matter experts for appropriate surface acquisitions and resulting maintenance oversight. Along with their partners in facilities and engineering, environmental services managers will work closely with architects in the design phase and ensure appropriate wall, floor and horizontal surfaces of the construction areas are incorporated with materials that will allow for the most efficient cleaning and maintenance possible.
In addition, acquiring the Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention (CMIP) and understanding the vital aspects of infection prevention during construction will allow the successful leader to recommend choices and direct design which will be in alignment with the hospital’s vision and mission. This webinar will help clarify the Role of the Environmental Services Professional in design, construction, and renovation projects.