by Debbie Dahl, MSN, RN
Infection Prevention is more than just hand hygiene, covering your cough or getting a flu vaccine. Infection Preventionist save lives every day by working with all disciplines within the health care setting to keep you healthy.
You may know us as Infection Control, but we changed our name in 2008 to more clearly define our practice.
The Epidemiologists and Preventionists in Infection Control (EPIC) organization began in 1974 in Oklahoma City. The organization works to provide a collective voice for epidemiologists and preventionists for whom infection prevention issues relate to improving quality patient care and promoting patient safety.
Oklahoma EPIC members are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, pharmacists or medical technologists. The EPIC meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at Pearl’s Crabtown in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. The Luncheon Meeting begins at 11:30 and includes educational speakers.
Every November, EPIC host the “Oklahoma Educational Conference on Infection Prevention” where guest speakers are brought in from around the country for a full day of learning. This is our 38th annual conference and we are pleased to have presentations on “Quick Observation Tools for Infection Prevention Survey Readiness”, “Healthcare Laundry and Textiles”, “Update MRSA Risk Mitigation Programs for MRSA/MSSA Infection Risks” and an “Overview of Infectious Diseases in Oklahoma.
Staying with the conference theme “Infection Prevention Round Up” we want everyone to wear boots, jeans and hats as we “Lasso Infections Across Oklahoma”. A delicious Bar-B-Q luncheon will be served with toe tapping entertainment from “Cactus Patch Cloggers”. The conference is November 8, 2019 at Embassy Suites in Norman Oklahoma. The conference includes 5 hours of CEU’s, networking, and exhibitors with current supplies to prevent the spread of infections.
Registration for the conference is now open on the EPIC website https://www.epicokla.com/ or by contacting Debbie Dahl at 405.623.9888 or Debora.Dahl@uhsinc.com
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*RNs – 5 Weeks Paid Vacation · LPNs – Up to 5 Weeks Paid Vacation
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