Category: Infection Prevention
Title: Crafting a QA/PI Program Leading the Way to Change
Presented by Linda Mae Ruterbories, ANP - Director Orthopaedic Surgery Center, OA Centers for Orthopaedics
Linda Mae Ruterbories is a twenty-six-year OA Centers for Orthopaedics (OA) employee who has spent those 26 years directing patient care in the Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Portland, Maine. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and serves as the Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Center and Program Development. Ms. Ruterbories began her career in the OA Trauma Center working as a coordinator and private scrub nurse for Raymond White, M.D. On behalf of OA, she opened the Orthopaedic Surgery Center (the Center) in 1989 for Orthopaedic Associates. At that time, the Center serviced 600 patients a year. She coordinated renovation/expansion of the Center in 2004 as the facility grew to four operating room suites, including the first fully-integrated digital operating rooms in Maine. The Center now services 3000 patients a year. In October 2006, the first minimally invasive 8-hour total hip arthroplasty was performed in the Center. Prior to her employment with OA, she worked at Mercy Hospital as an RN and at Maine Medical Center as a Surgical Technician.
Her professional experience includes 5 publications, 5 interviews featured in Becker’s ASC, a feature story in FASA Update September/October 2006, and most recently as a result of a Quality Improvement project 2 poster presentations: one at AORN Congress in March 2013 and the second at the OR Manager Conference in September 2013. In February 2010, she went to Haiti following the earthquake to provide orthopaedic surgical support to Matthew Camuso, M.D., a trauma surgeon at OA Centers for Orthopaedics. She has been a Board Member of the Institute for Civic Leadership in Portland, Maine since 2010.
This one hour presentation by Linda Ruterbories was presented at our Infection Prevention Strategies for Ambulatory Surgery Centersconference in April 2015. Linda discusses how to craft a QAPI study for your infection prevention program. Linda illustrates a more complex multi-year study that was done to improve flashing within her facility.
At the conclusion of the presentation the participant will be able to:
- Identify what QA/PI studies are import to your organization.
- Identify the key components of a QA/PI study.
- Describe how to evolve the QA/PI study by utilizing the skills of your team.
- Illustrate how ASCs exhibit QA/PI studies at national venues.
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