ASC Industry Leader to Know: Marilyn Hanchett of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Ms. Hanchett is dual-certified in infection control and healthcare quality and has spoken and written on the topic of infection control on numerous occasions. Before joining APIC, she served as infection control technical lead for the ASC program at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Ms. Hanchett discussed infection control trends at the 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago in 2011. Infection control will continue to be a central focus in healthcare as baby boomers age, CMS institutes regulations around infection control and the government continues to fund infection prevention initiatives, she said. There will be a continual emphasis on hand hygiene, but it will shift its focus from the tools to the behavior, she said. "You can put as many soap dispensers up [as you want], but probably the most critical component is the behavioral aspect," she said. "Peer pressure, modeling by others and authority in staff are key elements to success."
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