Aerobiotix Continuing Education Program | Addressing the Unseen Risks of Contaminated Air in Healthcare | Aerobiotix

Aerobiotix Continuing Education Program

Addressing the Unseen Risks of Contaminated Air in Healthcare

Virtual Event

Date: July 8, 2024

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm ET


Session Objectives:

This session will delve into the often-overlooked issue of airborne contaminants in healthcare settings and their potential impact on patient and staff health. Participants will learn to identify common threats within indoor air environments, evaluate current air quality measures, and implement effective strategies to mitigate these risks. We will also cover regulatory standards and guidelines, providing you with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure compliance and foster a culture of continuous improvement in air quality management. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding and skills in maintaining a safe and healthy healthcare environment.

Accreditation Statement:
This program is accredited for 1.0 hours of continuing education for nursing professionals, healthcare quality professionals, patient safety professionals, and infection preventionists. The program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses. All continuing education activities will be managed by Community Health Associates, LLC.


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

University of Louisville School of Medicine

    Presenter: Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, CIC, FSHEA, FNAP, FAAN

    Adjunct Professor of Medicine

    Division of Infectious Diseases

    University of Louisville School of Medicine 

    Board of Directors, International Respiratory Infections Society

      Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr.

      Dr. Hudson Garrett is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also co-founded the nonprofit the Infection Prevention Institute to help shepherd dissemination of best practices of infection prevention and control across the healthcare continuum of care globally. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control from the University of South Florida. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration and was selected as a Lifetime Member in the Association, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member. He is also a Fellow, the American Academy of Project Management, and a Senior Fellow and Ambassador of the Management and Strategy Institute.

      In 2019, he was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner in the National Academies of Practices. Dr. Garrett was recently selected in 2020 as 1 of 20 healthcare leaders globally to participate in the 2021 13-month Global Patient Safety Fellowship with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is a graduate of the IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program. In August of 2021, Dr. Garrett was awarded the prestigious Fellowship Designation by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in recognition of his work in infectious diseases and infection prevention and control. In November 2021, he was awarded the Fellow Designation by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He holds graduate certificates in healthcare leadership from both Cornell and the University of Notre Dame. In 2023, Dr. Garrett was inducted as an inaugural Fellow by the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. He has earned the prestigious Lifetime Volunteer Leadership Award from the White House, which was bestowed upon him by President Joseph R. Biden. He is an appointed member of the advisory committee for the Design Thinking in Healthcare Program at Rutgers University. He is a frequent international lecturer in the areas of infectious diseases, healthcare associated infections, outbreak response and prevention and infection prevention and control.

      He holds Board Certifications in Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality, Patient Experience, Vascular Access, Antibiotic Stewardship, Prehospital Emergency Medicine, Tactical Medicine, as a Designated Infection Control Officer, in Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing, Critical Care, as a Director of Nursing and Infection Prevention and Control in Post-Acute Care.

      He has served on international and national organizational boards in the areas of environmental services, dental infection control, infection control, acute care infection control, post-acute care infection control, and vascular access. He has served on expert panels related to disinfection and sterilization with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, most notably serving on the FDA’s Panel and Working Group for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Healthcare Surfaces Institute. Dr. Garrett has lectured around the world and provided testimony to government and regulatory agencies on a variety of topics related to infectious diseases and infection prevention and control.

      Dr. Ruth Carrico

      Dr. Ruth Carrico  is a senior consultant with Carrico & Ramirez, PLLC focused on infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, and vaccinology. She is also a Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner, gratis faculty, with the University of Louisville School Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

      Dr. Carrico served as editor for the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology from 2005-2012. In 2008, Dr. Carrico was appointed to the National Biosurveillance Subcommittee (NBS) Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2010 became a SHEA Fellow. In 2011, Dr. Carrico was appointed by Secretary Sebelius (Health and Human Services), to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). In 2012, she was presented with the Carole DeMille Achievement Award by APIC, an honor for an Infection Preventionist. In 2013, Dr. Carrico began serving the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases as the Board’s Nurse Planner and in 2014 became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna. Dr. Carrico served as the 2016 president of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). In 2018, Dr. Carrico assumed the position of president of the Kentucky Nurses Association and in 2020 was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. In October 2021, Dr. Carrico was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor in the nursing profession. Also in October 2021, Dr. Carrico assumed the role of Executive Director, then Senior Scientific Officer of the Norton Infectious Diseases Institute (NIDI) at Norton Healthcare, in Louisville Kentucky where she supported the scientific and educational activities of the four Centers (Clinical Research, Education & Training, Global Health, Public Health) within the Institute until early 2023. Following successful launch of the NIDI Centers, in 2023 Dr. Carrico moved to work as a consultant with healthcare organizations, public health and providers interested in addressing the challenges of infectious diseases prevention.