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How to do a lot with a little: Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Surveillance in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT.

As part of a project funded by CMS to help reduce SSIs in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) invites you to attend a webinar discussion on how to conduct SSI surveillance in the ASC setting. Two representatives from Reagan Street Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, California will be the featured speakers.

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn the bundle components needed to reduce SSIs in ASCs.
  • Describe the 2018 NHSN SSI criteria.
  • Learn how to conduct SSI surveillance in ASCs.

Speaker: Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Specialist, HSAG on a project funded by CMS to help reduce SSIs in ASCs.

Angela Vassallo, a nationally recognized expert in infection prevention, has joined HSAG as the lead infection preventionist for the Ambulatory Surgical Center-Special Innovation Project (ASC-SIP). Prior to her role with HSAG, she was the director of infection prevention/epidemiology at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. She is also faculty at two universities: West Coast University in Los Angeles, and Providence University in Great Falls, Montana, where she teaches graduate courses in epidemiology, infectious diseases, and health research methods.

Ms. Vassallo is certified in infection prevention and control and is a founding member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Fellows program. She is the 2017 president of California APIC, past-president of the Greater LA APIC chapter, and vice-chair of the national APIC Communications Committee. Ms. Vassallo is also the first infection prevention board member of Infectious Disease Association of California (IDAC) and is a founding member of the LA County Department of Public Health Healthcare-Acquired Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee.

She has a bachelor’s degree in international service from the American University, Washington, DC; a master’s in healthcare management from West Coast University; and a master’s in public health from the University of Texas, Houston.