June 2019
Fire Safety in the OR, Plus Get to Know C&A's Newest Team Members!
This month we have two exciting articles for our readers: Our feature article highlights fire safety in the surgical-procedural areas and the latest information and guidance on flammable germicide products that are used in these areas.  Our second article introduces our readers to our two newest members of the consulting team at Courtemanche and Associates. Also, we invite you to join us on June 4th for our "Tracing High Level Disinfection" Webinar which will focus on understanding the risks of HLD, identifying items and areas for review and important components of tracing.   

Fire Safety: New Expectations for the OR and Procedure Areas

By Marty Piepoli, MSW, CHFM, HACP and Kimberly Merritt, RN, MHA, CNOR, HACP
The ECRI Institute estimates that 90-100 surgical fires occur  
each year in the United States. These fires are often related to precipitating factors, such as flammable germicides, antiseptics, linens, drapes, and electrical ignition sources. Despite the issuance of Sentinel Event 29 by the Joint Commission (TJC), information from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) March 8, 2018 article and the fail-safe technologies that we have today, the risk of fires is still great. The codes and standards are a guide to continued patient safety, however it seems they can sometimes contradict and/or create barriers to other areas of safe practice. 
To learn more about what organizations can do to maintain safe procedural areas  

Courtemanche & Associates is so proud to introduce you to the two newest members of our Consulting Team:

James Ballard, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, HACP
James Ballard brings over 30 years of experience responsible for assessing healthcare organizations' readiness for licensing, accreditation and regulatory compliance. Mr. Ballard has worked in a variety of healthcare positions and his experiences range from Surgical Technologist, EMT, Combat Medicine to a Federally Certified Healthcare Surveyor (Hospital, Critical Access, Transplant, Ambulatory Survey Centers and Long-Term Care), to Director positions over Compliance, Quality, Infection Prevention, Safety, Risk Management, Employee Health, and Emergency Preparedness.

Chris Pratt,
Chris Pratt joins the team with more than 32 years in clinical and leadership experience working in varying healthcare positions from the bedside to the Boardroom. In this role, he is responsible for assessing healthcare organizations' readiness for licensing, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. He is trained in the application, teaching, and facilitation of the requirements and recommendations of The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Chris retired in 2016 with over 29 years of distinguished service as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Clinically, he is a licensed Registered Nurse with extensive experience in critical care, medical-surgical services, ambulatory 
care, staff development, nursing administration and quality. 

Join C&A for a concise and focused webinar featuring:   
June 4, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

 Highlights Include:

      • Understand the risk of High Level Disinfection
      • Recognize items and areas to review for HLD
      • Identify issues that need further Risk assessment and/or tracing
      • Important components of tracing
      • View a sample risk assessment


Sharing Knowledge-the C&A Way

Maryland Patient Safety Conference 2019
The Courtemanche & Associates Team have been very busy sharing our knowledge and expertise in different venues.  
Click here for a few highlights of the Educational programs C&A provided or participated in.
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                       the knowledge. 
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