•  The January 21 st meeting was held at Landry's in Henderson , beginning at 11:00 a.m. with 22 members.

•  Dixie Fontenot welcomed members to the first chapter meeting for 2005.

•  Congratulations go out to Debbie Sonnier. Debbie is now officially a Certified Infection Control Professional – way to go Debbie!

•  Kitty Bull presented the Treasurer's report. A copy is available upon request.

•  Carol Spence provided the Legislative report regarding mandatory public reporting. Carol will be attending a conference addressing public reporting and the controversy surrounding this very debated issue. For more information go to http://www.apic.org/ . Carol will be presenting information on this issue at our next chapter meeting.


•  If you know of any vendors interested in presenting at our chapter meetings please contact Dixie Fontenot or Connie DeLeo as soon as possible.


•  Thanks to Carol Spence and Kitty Bull for agreeing to serve as scribes for our discussion.  To read questions and answers click on this link Roundtable Discussion


•  The Infection Control Standards of the Condition of Participation published by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), were revised in May 2004. A copy of the revised standards can be obtained at http://www.cms.gov/ .

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published draft guidelines for the prevention of transmission of tuberculosis. The comment period ended on February 4. If you are interested in viewing the comments, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ .

•  APIC National Educational Conference 2004 tapes are available for review. There is a limit of five tapes per checkout. If you are interested, contact Carol Spence .

•  The new API


  Jan Anders from Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge shared her recent Joint Commission experience with the group.

•  The surveyors went everywhere in the facility including closets and air handling system

•  A tracer survey was conducted and surveyors followed the flow of the patient from admission to discharge. This included tracing the actual “steps” of the patient and the relation each diagnostic test was performed and the relation to the patient's admit diagnosis.

•  All CMS Infection Control Conditions of Participation were addressed.

•  Infection Control related questions included notification of surgical site infections, identifying and addressing trends, bioterrorism and the smallpox vaccine status, sentinel events.

•  A question asked to the ICP – if something woke you up at 2:00 a.m. what would it be?

•  Jan admits it was very thorough and very tough, but she passed with no problems – congratulations Jan!



•  The next chapter meeting will be held in Lake Charles on March 18. The educational topic will be Joint Commission Infection Control standards and survey preparation.

•  Carol Spence will be providing information from the mandatory reporting conference she attended.



•  Please take a minute to update your contact information with National APIC. You can make necessary changes to your contact information on the APIC website, http://www.apic.org/ . You will need to have your member number. If you cannot locate your name and information, contact APIC immediately.

•  If you have not paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible. If you are late, your name may be left off the membership roster.

•  If you have any questions for your colleagues in the chapter, please e-mail those questions to Connie DeLeo. They will be forwarded to the group and posted on the chapter website.


See you in March!

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