Transmission Control

Transmission Control Podcast

Welcome to Transmission Control – an infection prevention podcast focused on your appetite for trailblazing thought, discussion, and innovations that will help you make informed decisions. Each episode, we speak with public health experts and safety champions from across the globe as they share their experiences, passion and opinions. From investigative journalism to medical publications, we tackle the real world barriers to limiting the spread of disease. Whether you’re tuning in for education, inspiration or to hear the stories that need to be told, thank you for joining us. And now, get ready to blast off with your weekly injection of insight on Transmission Control.

All Episodes

Have we lost our patient focus when it comes to regulating and evaluating hospital performance?  Has this resulted in a cost shift away from patient care?  Could all these agencies come together and create a single unified system for surveillance and surveys?  Dr. Salah Qutaishat joins Dr. Larry Muscarella and Justin Poulin to discuss his thoughts on aligning regulatory guidelines and hospital surveys with patient outcomes.  Don’t miss this episode of Transmission Control! #surveillance #surveys #patientcare #regulatory #accreditation #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Nov 22

37 min 33 sec

Have you ever thought about the purpose of the white paper that pulls down over the exam table when you visit your primary care physician’s office?  Do gloves give the general public and healthcare practitioners a false sense of security?  How do we ensure that cleaning and disinfection processes have been done correctly in Primary Care offices?  Jim Gauthier joins Dr. Larry Muscarella and Justin Poulin to discuss his thoughts on establishing a higher visible commitment to infection prevention and control in outpatient settings.  Don’t miss this episode of Transmission Control! #hightouch #primarycare #PCP #outpatient #dentist #dental #cleaning #disinfection #gloves #hygiene #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Nov 8

47 min 30 sec

Hospital beds and mattresses are the highest touch surfaces in healthcare facilities around the world.  This represents a significant opportunity for the transmission and cross infection of dangerous bacterium such as C. diff.  Not only the mattress, but the beds and frames themselves.  On this episode of Transmission Control, we asked Bruce Rippe, CEO at Trinity Guardion to join Dr. Larry Muscarella and Justin Poulin to discuss the systemic challenges for effectively cleaning and disinfecting hospital beds and mattresses.  Don't miss this episode where we lay down the truth of cleaning & disinfecting all things hospital beds! Already know you're an #InfectionControl nerd? Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #hospital #beds #tables #surgical #cleaning #mattresses #patientsurface #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Oct 25

48 min 49 sec

Can carpet be just as safe and possibly more effectively cleaned than vinyl floors in the healthcare setting? In the acute care setting, healthcare professionals are very familiar with vinyl floors and assume that they are easier and more effectively cleaned.  However, in long term care facilities there are additional considerations such making the environment have a warmer feel and home-like. On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Catherine Hilliker joins Dr. Larry Muscarella and Justin Poulin to research findings on carpet cleaning and explore considerations such as the cost and cleaning time with carpets versus other flooring options.  This has been a hot topic in the UK in recent years, why so little attention in the United States?  Tune in and find out! Already know you're an #InfectionControl nerd? Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #interiordesign #carpet #antimicrobial #stone #tile #vinyl #processes #products #people #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Oct 11

34 min 11 sec

Are your hospital scrubs actually clean? What does that process even look like at your facility? Are they laundered onsite? Offsite? Or even washed at home?  If your hospital or another 3rd party launders them for you, how can you be certain that you get your uniform back?  On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Aniruddha Banerjee, Director & Global Head of Healthcare at Lindström joins Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to discuss infection control risks around healthcare uniforms and introduces us to the concepts of hygienically clean and “smart” textiles. If you've ever had a question about dirty scrubs, this episode was made for you! We hope you can join us! Already know you're an #InfectionControl nerd? Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare #dirtyscrubs #dirtytruth #uniforms #scrubs #labcoats #RFID #technology #processes #products #people

Sep 27

37 min 22 sec

Why should hospitals take a dynamic approach toward technology supporting the infection prevention and control efforts of environmental services?  Tune in to this week’s episode of the Transmission Control podcast and find out!  Often times, hospital procedures are in direct conflict with the desired outcomes for patients.  Marc-Oliver Wright joins Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to talk about how IP professionals can determine whether there are human or system’s issues that need to be addressed, provides a review of available technology and offers some recommendations for how these technologies should work together as it relates to environmental cleaning and disinfection. Hope you can join us! Already know you're an #InfectionControl nerd? Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #EVS #Environmental #Cleaning #Disinfection #UV #Chemicals #technology #processes #products #people #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Sep 13

44 min 46 sec

The pandemic not only required more Infection Prevention & Control professionals to manage the urgent call for support, but it also expedited retirement plans for many nurses who were in the high risk age group.  Hospitals now find themselves struggling to fill existing positions as they attempt to expand their Infection Prevention and Control teams.  On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Jacob Hutcherson joins Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to talk about recruiting to fill today’s Infection Prevention needs and some tips for addressing the workforce shortage over the long term. We hope you can join us! Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #Recruiting #StaffingShortage #Training #Certification #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #IPC #PublicHealth #Healthcare  

Aug 30

42 min 6 sec

Environmental Services touches every surface of the hospital, but do we always recognize how integral they are to the infection control team?  Additionally, EVS workers have direct patient contact but have you considered how much influence they have on the patient experience?  Did you know that the patient care experience has a direct impact on the healthcare organizations finances?  Darrel Hicks has made a lifelong career advocating the important role that  EVS technicians play in healthcare, touting training and certification.  On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Darrel joins Dr. Larry Muscarella and Justin Poulin to share a deeply personal story highlighting how critical EVS is to patient care and preventing infection.  You don’t want to miss this episode of Transmission Control! To learn more about HCAHPS scores click here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HospitalQualityInits/HospitalHCAHPS Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts: https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts: https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts: https://zcu.io/xdB0 #EVS #environmentalservices #surfacedisinfection #cleaning #patientcare #patientexperience #HCAHPS #environmentofcare #sanitation #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Aug 16

55 min 42 sec

There is no doubt that Long Term Care facilities were hit hard during the pandemic.  In many cases, these facilities do not have a dedicated infection control practitioner on staff which represented a significant gap in preparedness planning and exacerbated the struggles of reacting quickly and effectively to the viral threat.  On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Buffy Lloyd-Krejci joins Dr. Lawrence Muscarella and Justin Poulin to discuss long standing limitations and concerns surrounding infection control practices in long-term care and the significant opportunities for training, not only for clinical staff but non-clinical staff and the general public at large.  Tune in to learn where Buffy believes long term care needs to go from here! Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/xdB0 #pandemic #pandemicpreparedness #LTC #LongTermCare #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #ICP #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Aug 2

40 min 57 sec

You may be familiar with biofilm but what do you know about small colony variants -- and the impact that they have on infection control and public health?  All living organisms have a universal prime directive, which is to survive. What does that mean for those of us whose prime directive is to protect our patients against infectious agents? On this week's episode of Transmission Control, we talk to Wava Truscott, PhD. MBA about how bacteria adapt to their environment and become stronger.  While Dr. Truscott “loves bugs” and has made them her life’s work, she also has a unique ability to explain complex concepts in microbiology by making them simple and providing real world applications for information that positively impacts healthcare organizations.  On this interview, Dr. Truscott joins hosts Dr. Lawrence Muscarella and Justin Poulin to explore the topics of antibiotic resistance, surgical instrument cleaning implications for Sterile Processing, and the future threats that need to be on your clinical radar. Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/URFW Amazon Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/p4aZ Google Podcasts -> https://zcu.io/xdB0 #Germs #bugs #biofilm #bacteria #Cdiff #microbiology #spd #sterileprocessing #antibiotic #resistance #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Jul 19

39 min 21 sec

Within the world of GI endoscope reprocessing there exists a debate on whether or not sterile water should be used during procedures versus tap water.  Running parallel to that debate is whether the industry should move to the sterilization of flexible scopes, continue with high level disinfection (HLD), or consider conversion to single use disposable endoscopes that have recently entered the market.  Following up on our recent Transmission Control interview with Dr. Raman Muthusamy regarding the Multi-Society Guidelines for Reprocessing Flexible GI Scopes, we take a deeper dive with Jim Collins, BS, RN, CNOR of the Cleveland Clinic to walk through the addition of population-based guidelines which are at the heart of all of these debates. On this episode we explore the advantages of population-based practices against the potential complexities of introducing two or more standards of care.  Tune in to hear Jim's perspectives on facility risk assessments and take a look back at how the pandemic altered the world of GI endoscope reprocessing. #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #PublicHealth #InfectionControl

Jul 5

31 min 34 sec

Endoscope drying times and the use of an alcohol rinse has become an area for debate and emerging research is increasing with each passing day.  Advanced inspection technology such as borescopes and the development of ATP testing offer additional measures to evaluate the effectiveness of cleaning the small diameter working channels of flexible scopes.  On this episode of Transmission Control, Nancy Robinson, Ph.D,  and Tamara Behm, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, CER, CQIA, CCSVP, from STERIS Infection Prevention Technologies join hosts Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to discuss recent research that was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  We explore current standards and put them up against real world application, discovering gaps and outline some potential changes to increase compliance and patient safety.  Our guests also explain the impact that channel design and air pressure have on the drying process and the pros and cons of using and alcohol flush. If you're involved with endoscopes, you'll want to be involved in this episode!  To subscribe to the Transmission Control podcast and catch our future episodes releasing every other week visit: Apple Podcasts -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-Apple Amazon Podcasts -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-Amazon Google Podcasts -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-Google iHeartRadio -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-iHeartRadio Spotify -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-Spotify Stitcher -> http://bit.ly/TCPod-Stitcher Or follow us on social media at: Facebook: https://zcu.io/OcRu Linkedin: https://zcu.io/YdIR #FlexibleScope #GI #Gastrointestinal #WorkingChannels #Cleaning #DryTime #SuperBugs #IP #IC #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Jun 21

41 min 24 sec

Given the rising concerns of endoscope-related infections around the country, organizations, agencies, and providers believed it was imperative to evaluate the current literature and standards for endoscope reprocessing. Joining us for this week's episode of Transmission Control, Dr. Raman Muthusamy joins Dr. Lawrence Muscarella and Justin Poulin to discuss the critical updates made to the Multisociety Guidelines for Reprocessing Flexible GI Scopes in the early 2021. These updates have helped to reduce confusion about how to navigate conflicting industry guidelines and recommendations from various organizations, but ongoing updates are necessary as the industry continues to explore the many factors that have resulted in “superbug” outbreaks.  Dr. Raman Muthusamy has been front and center in this conversation, is co-author of the multisociety guideline document. In this interview he shares his knowledge of the recent updates to the guidelines (such as facility based risk assessments), the discussion around sterilization versus high level disinfection, and standards of care that are population based rather than universal. Access a copy of the Multisociety guideline on reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes and accessories here. To subscribe to the Transmission Control podcast and catch our future episodes releasing every other week visit: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1570808792 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0jpO4r4RvFIfoMVcx7yln2?si=x_pDH2EjTLClpgNT2TC67w   Or follow us on social media at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Transmission-Control-103851988489519 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/transmissioncontrol/ #GI #Endoscopes #Guidelines #Multi-Society #SuperBug #Outbreaks #FlexibleScopes #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #PublicHealth #Healthcare

Jun 7

47 min 30 sec

Did you know there was database that concealed millions of medical device malfunction and injury reports from public view?  Neither did anyone else until Christina Jewett, Senior Correspondent with Kaiser Health News broke the story in the spring of 2019. On this inaugural episode of the Transmission Control podcast focused on public health themes from around the globe, Christina joins Dr. Lawrence Muscarella and Justin Poulin for a discussion on her ground-breaking investigation into the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting database also known as MAUDE.  Christina explains how the MAUDE database came to be, highlights her concerns regarding exemptions and identifies remaining issues that are just waiting for another investigative journalist to tackle. If you are interested in the topics of medical devices, patient safety, government regulation, and public health you won't want to miss this show!  To subscribe to the Transmission Control podcast and catch our future episodes releasing every other week visit: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1570808792 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0jpO4r4RvFIfoMVcx7yln2?si=x_pDH2EjTLClpgNT2TC67w   Or follow us on social media at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Transmission-Control-103851988489519 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/transmissioncontrol/ #TransmissionControl #Podcast #Education #IPT #InfectionPrevention #InfectionControl #Infection #PublicHealth #Healthcare #MAUDE #FDA #AdverseEvent #Reporting

May 24

36 min 58 sec