October 6, 2009
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Agenda Item Discussion Action Taken Action Planned
Call to Order Connie Jones called the meeting to order at 3:25 pm.
Recording Secretary Report Minutes from March 27, 2009 Business meeting were Motion to approve Libbe Sasser announced
3.27.2009 distributed. minutes, with noted the correction which will be
correction to be made, by made to the minutes
Connie Jones. Members regarding PHIT Force /
agreed without nay- SPICE report as public is
sayers. not allowed to attend this
Treasurer’s Report/Financial Report prepared and submitted by Connie Clark thru the Connie Jones motioned The 2010 budget will be
Update second quarter of 2009 which include the March 1 day to approve report as finalized at the board
Spring Conference and committee planning meeting submitted, approved transition meeting at the
expenses members without nay- end of this year.
Second quarter 2009 YTD: sayers.
Income total $7,155.00
Expenses total $3,884.24
Ending balance is $4,462.32
Connie Clark and JoElla Waugh will collaborate on the
3 quarter data as Connie Clark is resigning to serve as
President-Elect. JoElla Waugh will become Treasurer.
Letter to CBIC Elaine Crittenton addressed the concern that APIC-NC Board members Elaine Crittenton and Terry
has related to the elimination of the 2-year experience suggested drafting the Coomer will collaborate to
requirement before being eligible to take the CBIC exam letter to national APIC / draft a letter.
and the issue of the actual CBIC exam. Ms. Crittenton CBIC to concentrate on
has contacted numerous other professional points such as, but not
organizations to investigate their certification limited to; money involved
requirements. APIC / CBIC is the only one that requires (personal expense
an actual test for recertification. Other professional incurred by IP, facility
organizations require a test OR documented approved budget cuts), time taken
education hours. Other concerns regarding the CBIC away from other
exam involve the content for Infection Preventionists in educational opportunities,
other facilities; such as physician offices and long term such as attending
care. National APIC
Membership Polly Padgett reported there are 214 APIC-NC members
and advised that will provide a hard copy along with the
electronic copy of the membership list to Board
members if requested.
Bylaws/Operations Kathy Cochran distributed copies of the APIC Bylaws Kathy Cochran
Changes with Explanation, which should be submitted to encouraged all members
the membership next week. to vote
There are 3 changes on which the membership will vote:
1. The Executive Committee will include the
Secretary (as APIC-NC already does)
2. The name and (3) seal will be changed from the
Association for Professionals in Infection
Control and Epidemiology to the Association for
the Prevention of Infection
Education No report
Governmental Affairs Evelyn Cook reported there are several federal bills, None required
which will require reporting of HAIs via NHSN.
One is HR3104, which involves public reporting of
infections for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
All infections will be reported and include the number of
individuals charged with Infection Prevention at each
Another is MRSA HR 2937 is proposed for January
2011 and will make all MRSA infections reportable to
NHSN by 6 months of passage and that all ICU and
“high risk” patients will have active surveillance screens
upon admission and discharge by January 2014.
The last bill is HR 3200 Americans Portable Health
Choice Act 2009 which supports the CDC establishing
protocols for reporting infections via NHSN and includes
statements to encourage immunizations and meeting
the educational needs of HCWs.
Historical Lou Ellen MacDaid created a PowerPoint slide show Lou Ellen MacDaid .
that demonstrates the rich history of APIC since 1976 requested members to
and includes pictures of NC Infection Preventionists and send her any pictures
APIC conferences with over 100 slides. from past conferences,
zone meetings, etc
The slide show was shown during lunch with the
Nominating Committee Connie Jones reported for Jessica Dixon as she was None required.
unable to attend the conference. Connie Jones
commended Jessica for obtaining the capability of
electronic voting for the members via survey monkey. A
total of 111 members voted and all had positive
responses as to the new electronic voting.
The results of this year’s election are as follows:
Connie Clark – President-elect
Sandy Cox – Secretary
Elaine Crittenton – Board member
Pam Ward, Nancy Harless, Libbe Sasser – Nominating
Communication/Website Martha Musselman and Sandy Cox reported on their None required.
investigation for the requirements; monetary and
electronically; to establish and maintain a dedicated
website for APIC-NC. A webmaster was contacted and
the cost estimate is $3,000.00 for setup and the monthly
maintenance fee. Martha Musselman reported that the
Board voted to continue to utilize SPICE for this function
as long as possible.
Connie Jones commended Debby Pyatt for all her work Connie Jones
with SPICE and support of APIC-NC. encouraged all members
to confirm that Debby
Pyatt has their correct
Board Actions (Dues, Treasurer, Connie Jones informed the membership that much work
Other) had been done with the Board via electronic
communication this year. She encouraged members to
become active in APIC-NC by serving as an officer.
Connie Jones announced that Connie Clark was the
only member to enter the election for President-Elect.
She will resign as Treasurer for 2010 and JoElla Waugh
will become Interim Treasurer for 2010. Connie Jones
also informed the membership that the Board decided to
appoint a Treasurer-Elect for 1 year so the election
process will remain stable and that Martha Musselman
will fill that role.
Connie Jones stated that National APIC requested
knowledge of APIC-NC dues for 2010 and that the
Board voted membership dues will not increase for
Strategic Plan Connie Jones reported that there is nothing new from Strategic Plan will be
national APIC at this time. She and Martha Musselman presented at the Board
will collaborate to update the strategic plan. Transition meeting at the
end of the year.
PHIT Force/ SPICE Update Karen Hoffmann reported several items; including the . None required.
proposed .0206 revision which was written in response
to recognized outbreaks in out-patient settings; including
one which occurred in a NC Cardiology office. One
change will remove that funeral homes need to be
notified if the patient is HIV positive. The revised rule
will add “person to person” transmission in addition to
“patient to patient” transmission. Also that there may be
a definition change for organizations to include
pharmacies (as pharmacies now administer “flu shots”
for the public) and EMS (as they also give injections).
Safe injection practices will also be added to curriculum
development for training. It is anticipated that these
revisions will pass legislation on October 15, 2009 to
take effect on January 1, 2010.
Karen Hoffmann stated
that any certified IP (CIC)
Karen Hoffmann explained the meaning of the new may contact Debby Pyatt
language “non-contiguous” in the law; which means (SPICE) to receive the
“free standing.” Each healthcare facility must have 1 training course CD and
person trained in infection control on the premises. This instructions.
person should have a clinical background; not be an
office manager. SPICE plans to develop an on-line
training course to assist facilities to be in compliance
with these changes. Karen Hoffmann reinforced that
any ICP who is CIC is eligible to perform this training but
MUST follow the established SPICE curriculum.
Karen Hoffmann reported there is some stimulus
funding grant monies available from the federal
government that the NC Communicable Disease Branch
has applied for and received. The NC Quality Center
and SPICE will partner with the NC Communicable
Disease Branch. This will involve a 2-year collaborative
and will require the creation of an HAI advisory
committee to develop a plan and be in place by January
2011. The second goal of this collaborative involves
CLA-BSI (central line associated bloodstream infection)
surveillance with the goal to recruit all NC SHIM
hospitals; in conjunction with the NC Quality Center; to
utilize NHSN for data collection/submission. The third
goal is to establish a NC CA-UTI (catheter associated
urinary tract infection) collaborative, which will include a
urinary catheter bundle. Several bundles from hospitals
are being reviewed and there will be a meeting on
October 19, 2009 for all those who volunteered to assist
with this collaborative.
There is also a full time Infection Preventionist position
with SPICE. This is funded by a 2-year grant with the
focus of validation of consistent usage of NSHN
definitions with those hospitals in NC who participate in
NHSN data submission. New York and South Carolina
have already done this. This grant will also provide
funding for a part time position to assist with the data
collection with the goal to begin in January 2010
Awards Terry Coomer announced the APIC-NC awards, but also
announced to the membership that 2 IPs had received
the NC Great 100 Award: Pamela Lewis from Wayne
Memorial and Martha Musselman from Thomasville.
Sarah Wall received the Eva Clontz Scholarship award.
Rachel Long received the CBIC Initial Certification
award and Christine Benae received the CBIC
The 2 Education awards went to Vicki Kinzie and
The 2009 Infection Preventionist of the Year is Vickie
On behalf of the membership, Sylivia Pegg recognized
Connie Jones for her role as President of APIC-NC with
flowers and a plaque.
Letter to CBIC Elaine Crittenton informed the membership that she and Several suggestions to Elaine Crittenton will revise
Terry Coomer had been chosen by the APIC-NC Board the draft were made by the draft letter according to
to draft a letter from this state chapter to express the the membership for the membership
concerns of CBIC dropping the 2 year IP experience clarification. suggestions and forward
requirement before sitting for the exam and the the final draft to Connie
requirement to retake the exam every 5 years. She Jones to take back to the
read the draft letter to the membership which highlights Board for approval.
the issues of expense related to the exam; especially in
these times of economic downturn; hospitals not
providing monetary support for education, no monetary
incentive for obtaining CIC from the workplace and the
departure from the education requirements other
professional organizations have in regard to their
certification requirements. CBIC is the ONLY group that
does not allow the use of education hours to support
Announcements/Adjournment There being no further business the meeting was
adjourned at 4:50 pm