Webinar Series: Path to Sterile Endoscopy

Part 1- The Complexities of High-level Disinfection: Can We Shift to a Simpler and Safer Technology?

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During the webinar Judie Bringhurst, infection preventionist and safety officer for the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill in North Carolina, provides an overview of: 

  • Human and intrinsic factors that compromise reprocessing effectiveness
  • Unresolved issues including HPV and CRE
  • Cross-contamination and the chain of infection
  • The opportunity for microbial barrier sheaths

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JBringhurst_round2.pngAbout Presenter Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN, CIC

Judie Bringhurst is an infection preventionist and safety officer for the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is dedicated to the hospital’s outpatient care facilities and instrument reprocessing areas. She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her MSN from Duke in Durham, North Carolina.  She has served a three-year appointment to the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology’s (APIC’s) annual conference committee representing outpatient care challenges and special needs.  She has served as faculty for APIC’s “Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Surgery Centers” course and was a reviewer for the ambulatory chapter in the APIC text.  In addition to being board certified in infection control, she is certified by the State of North Carolina as a provider of North Carolina's regulatory infection prevention training for physician practices and dental offices. She publishes on topics related to instrument reprocessing with a special focus on outpatient care facilities.