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Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection: Do You Know the Difference Between the Two?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT.

This webinar will educate attendees on the difference between sterilization and high-level disinfection (HLD) and when each function should be performed.

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Webinar Objectives:

-Learn the difference between sterilization and HLD.

-Describe when HLD should be used.

-Describe when sterilization should be used.

-Discover how to create an annual competency for staff who perform each task.

Speaker: Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Clinical Improvement Advisor, Infection Prevention, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

Angela Vassallo, a nationally recognized expert in infection prevention, has joined HSAG as the lead infection preventionist for the Ambulatory Surgical Center-Special Innovation Project (ASC-SIP). Prior to her role with HSAG, she was the director of infection prevention/epidemiology at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. She is also faculty at two universities: West Coast University in Los Angeles, and Providence University in Great Falls, Montana, where she teaches graduate courses in epidemiology, infectious diseases, and health research methods.

Ms. Vassallo is certified in infection prevention and control and is a founding member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Fellows program. She is the 2017 president of California APIC, past-president of the Greater LA APIC chapter, and vice-chair of the national APIC Communications Committee. Ms. Vassallo is also the first infection prevention board member of Infectious Disease Association of California (IDAC) and is a founding member of the LA County Department of Public Health Healthcare-Acquired Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee.

She has a bachelor’s degree in international service from the American University, Washington, DC; a master’s in healthcare management from West Coast University; and a master’s in public health from the University of Texas, Houston.

Continuing Education (CE): Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. is the CE provider for this event. Provider approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16578, for 1 contact hour. Pending approval. There is no charge to attend this event.