Clearing the Air: Understanding the Crucial Role of Air Disinfection in Healthcare
March 11-12, 2024 (11 time slots to choose from)
Location: Aerobiotix® Booth #1229 at the 2024 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
You can find our booth location on the event map.
Session Length: 30 minutes
- Explore various air disinfection technologies and their effectiveness in reducing the transmission of pathogens and potential hazardous VOCs in the perioperative environment
- Review how air disinfection can complement existing infection control measures, including hand hygiene and existing surface disinfection.
- Discuss best practices and strategies for implementing air disinfection systems in healthcare facilities, taking into consideration budgetary constraints and infrastructure.
The quality of air in healthcare settings is more critical than ever. As the healthcare industry faces increasingly complex challenges, ensuring the safety and well-being of patients and healthcare workers is paramount. Airborne transmission of infectious diseases, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi and even potentially hazardous substances and particles poses a significant threat within healthcare facilities. This accredited continuing education session, “Clearing the Air: Understanding the Crucial Role of Air Disinfection in Healthcare,” delves into the vital role of air disinfection in safeguarding patients and healthcare workers. Join us to explore the importance of maintaining high air quality, especially in the context of infectious disease control and occupational exposure risk mitigation in the perioperative environment.
Presenter: Hudson Garrett Jr., Ph.D., MSN, MPH, MBA, FNP-BC, IP-BC, PLNC, CFER, AS-BC, VA-BC, BC-MSLcert™, HACP-IC, CMRP, HACP, HACP-IC, HACP-PE LTC-CIP, CIC, CPPS, CCHR-S, CPHQ, CVAHP, CPXP, CDIPC, CPHRM, FACDONA, FAAPM, FACHDM, FNAP, FAHVAP, FACHE, FSHEA, FIDSA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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.