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March 8, 2013

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients success story featured in OR Manager

Enid K. Eck, RN, BA, MPH, regional director, Infection Prevention and Control Quality and Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente, California has been featured in OR Manager magazine for her successful OR cleaning project, bridging the gap between environmental services, infection prevention, and perioperative services.

View article here.


Download the new Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections

The new edition of the Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections has been revised and expanded by a team of experts in the field of infection prevention and is now available as a free online download. It features up-to-date research and guidance on the prevention and treatment of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and incorporates current regulations. The guide includes an overview of CDI, strategies for prevention, considerations for specific patient populations, and evolving practices.

A practical resource for IPs and environmental servicesx who cares for patients with C. difficile, the CDI guide informs and supports implementation efforts with tools and examples to help apply preventative measures. The easy-to-read format includes tools for hand hygiene monitoring, environmental cleaning, and isolation compliance.

Download guide here.

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April 23, 2013

April Educational Resources


Did you miss Dr. Stephen Brecher’s “light at the end of the colon”? Clostridium difficile conference proceedings now available!

The conference proceedings from APIC’s recent Clostridium difficile Educational and Consensus Conference, now available, include Dr. Brecher’s presentation along with 10 other sessions in webinar format. Here is what some attendees had to say about his presentation, “Detecting C. difficile: Is there light at the end of the colon?”

“Fantastic presentation with great information, loved how presenter incorporated humor”
“Excellent! The type of material that I would pay to learn”
“Great info, superior speaker”

Order your copy of the conference proceedings today for only $49, a superior value. For questions or more information, contact APIC at education@apic.org, or call 1-800-650-9570.



Critical Knowledge Webinar Series – Impact your EVS Department in 2013

Today’s EVS departments must stay on top on the latest and great technologies, how new technology will impact your bottom line, and finally how to develop collaborative partnerships. This series investigates critical knowledge needed to navigate the wealth of information pertaining to flooring maintenance and sustainable flooring, the latest cost saving technologies, and explore the practice of influencing others.

For more information visit AHE website.


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August 2013

Infection Control Today Digital Summit featuring the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients program. Presented by Clean Spaces Clinical Advisor Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC.

EVS-IP Partnership: A Key To Infection

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Prevention Success
Presented by Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC

This session will explore why successful IP-EVS partnerships improve infection prevention program effectiveness, as well as discuss key motivators to engage senior leadership in environmental cleaning improvements. It will also identify three collaborative process improvements that IP and EVS can implement to improve patient safety.

Main Objectives:

  • Understand why successful IP-EVS partnership improves infection prevention program effectiveness
  • Discuss key motivators to engage senior leadership in environmental cleaning improvements
  • Identify three collaborative process improvements IP and EVS can implement to improve patient safety

View digital summit here




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Launch of the Environmental Services Infection Prevention and Control Bundle

By Ruth Carrico PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC


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February 28, 2012

REMINDER: Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients webinar 2 p.m. TODAY

The first live webinar from the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients series titled “Role of surfaces in the transmission of emerging healthcare-associated pathogens: norovirus, Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter spp” is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. EST.

William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, will review the scientific evidence that demonstrates the important role that hospital environmental surfaces play in the transmission of these pathogens.



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9, 2012

February 2012 Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Electronic Newsletter

View the online Enewsletter.


February 7, 2012

First webinar as part of the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients project

Role of Surfaces in the Transmission of Emerging Healthcare-Associated Pathogens: Norovirus, Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter spp

February 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. PST
Speaker: Lead Clinical Advisor William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC


February 1, 2012

APIC names Elaine Larson Lectureship Award recipient

APIC’s Lead Clinical William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD, CIC, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Elaine Larson Lectureship Award. Presented annually by APIC’s Board of Directors, the award honors those individuals best able to present a lecture on the state of the science of infection prevention or healthcare epidemiology in the area for which he or she has been a major contributor over a lifetime of pursuit.[/tab]

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March 15, 2012

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Clinical Advisors Kathy Roy-Horn RN, CIC and Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP from Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ featured in the HealthLeaders Magazine March Issue 2012.

Read here: “Cleaning Up C. diff, Together”

Author Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, March 13, 2012


March 9, 2012

March 2012 Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Electronic Newsletter

View the online Enewsletter.


March 8, 2012

Announcing the second webinar in the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients series:

Knowledge to Action in the

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Healthcare Environment: Critical Competencies

March 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. PST
Speakers: AHE Lead Clinical Advisor Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC and AHE Executive Director, Patti Costello

View the on-demand webinar here.[/tab]

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April 26, 2012

Update: registration for the April 30th live webinar, “Best” Practices for Surface Disinfection has reached capacity.

Members can still register for the on-demand webinar (available May 1st) here.


April 19, 2012

AHE announces brand roll out for the 2012 Conference and Healthcare Marketplace

Read announcement here.


April 12, 2012

April 2012 Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Electronic Newsletter

View the online Enewsletter.


April 10, 2012

Announcing the third webinar in the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients series:

“Best” Practices for Surface Disinfection

April 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. PST
Speaker: APIC Lead Clinical Advisor William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC.

Registration for the live program has been closed. You can still register for the on-demand version here (available May 1).


April 4, 2012

AHE Lead Clinical Advisor Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC, article featured in Health Facilities Management April 2012 issue.

“ES and C. diff Utilizing competency-based tools for infection prevention”

View here: Environmental services | C. difficile infection prevention.


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May 30, 2012

Join us at the 2012 APIC Annual Conference

Attending APIC 2012?

Then be sure to attend the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients workshop Tuesday June 5 at 1:30 p.m. View the events tab for presentation topics and speaker details.


May 24, 2012


“Practical Tips for Understanding Research” presented by Marilyn Hanchett RN, MA, CPHQ, CIC, ssenior director, Research and Clinical Innovation at 2 p.m. EDT.

Register here.



May 18, 2012

“Measuring Clean: Audit Tools and Practices” archive web conference now available

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May 10, 2012

Carole DeMille Achievement Award Announced

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Lead Clinical Advisor Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC, of Louisville, KY, has been named the 2012 recipient of APIC’s prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award. The award, which will be presented at the APIC 2012 Annual Conference in San Antonio, is given annually to an infection

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Learn more about Dr. Carrico’s accomplishments and contributions.



May 2012 Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Electronic Newsletter

View the online Enewsletter.


May 3, 2012

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients featured in April edition of FacilityCare magazine.

Read the article.


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June 7, 2012

Behind One Hospital’s Fight Against Deadly Infection

Wall Street Journal

Clean Spaces Clinical Advisors Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP and Kathy Roye-Horn, RN, CIC of Hunterdon Medical Center, NJ have been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Read the full article here.[/tab]

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July 26, 2012

Registration now open for “Building the Business Case for Infection Prevention/Environmental Services Resources: Three facilities Achieve Success”

William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC “Role of Environmental Services: What a CEO Needs to Know”

Kathy Roye-Horn, RN, CIC & Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP “It Takes Money to Make Money: A Lesson for the C-suite”

Debra Hurst, RN, BSN, CIC “Partnering for Excellence”


Register here.


July 12, 2012

Exchange 2012 keynote speakers and line up announced.

Go to Live Events to find out the latest details about AHE’s annual conference.[/tab]
[tab name=”August”]

August 22, 2012

On-demand webinar now available

“Building the Business Case for Infection Prevention/Environmental Services Resources: Three facilities Achieve Success”

View on-demand webinar here.


August 16, 2012

Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff

USA Today article

Clostridium difficile is killing more than 30,000 Americans a year, twice official government estimates, a USA TODAY investigation shows.

Read full story here.


August 2, 2012

July 2012 Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients E-newsletter

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[tab name=”September”]

September 27, 2012

AHE recently announced the recipients of the 2012 Member Recognition Awards for excellence in caring for the environment, mentorship and environmental sustainability. Read more here.


September 20, 2012

Improving patient outcomes, one space at a time

An infection prevention and environmental services collaboration has dramatically reduced infections.

Successful story featuring Clean Spaces Clinical Advisors Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP and Kathy Roye Horn, RN, CIC

Read here.


September 17, 2012

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September 13, 2012

September Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients E-newsletter


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September 9, 2012

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September 4, 2012

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients presentations from the 2012 APIC Annual Conference now available

View presentations here.[/tab]
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October 11, 2012

October Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients E-newsletter

View E-newsletter here.


October 4, 2012

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Facilities Management

Trends in Health Care | environmental services, infection prevention

Author Bob Kehoe, for HealthFacilities Management, Trends in Healthcare December 2012


AHE Phoenix Newletter- post conference edition

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients article by AHE Executive Director Patti Costello

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September 27, 2011

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients official announcement at the 2011 AHE Conference

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Press Release 9/27/11

AHE Perspective “Stressing the importance of collaboration”

Health Facilities Management – September 2011

Author Patti Costello, executive director AHE and Sandra Rials, education director AHE


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June 20th, 2011

Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients kick off event at the 2011 APIC Annual Conference. Read more here.[/tab]