This event has been canceled: Collaboration Makes the Infection Program Stronger
Jun 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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This event has been canceled; we apologize for any inconvenience.

Overview and Purpose:

This webinar will outline and discuss the importance of a team effort in creating an effective infection prevention program and how it can reduce resident, patient and staff harm.


Featured Presenter:

Pam Webb, RN  MPH  CIC
Pam Webb, RN, MPH, CIC, is an independent consultant with expertise in infection prevention (IP) and quality improvement. She managed the IP program at one of the largest healthcare facilities in Montana for over 23 years. She has infection prevention experience in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care, critical access, long-term care, dialysis, hospice and home health care. She contracts with Montana DPHHS and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to provide National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training and data validation, IP program assessments and IP educational activities.

Pam is a co-founder and active member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Montana Chapter. Pam has participated in many national and statewide collaborative improvement projects that focus on reducing risk for healthcare-associated infections. She has presented to local, state and national conferences on a variety of infection prevention topics. Pam has a passion for infection prevention and enjoys mentoring new infection preventionists.

Target Audience:

Infection prevention program coordinators and their facility team members.


As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach for an infection prevention program to be effective
  2. Outline the key process elements to building an infection prevention program using an all-harm risk assessment and mitigation implementation plans
  3. Identify the necessary skills and perspectives each member of the infection prevention team contributes to an effective infection prevention program

The South Dakota Board of Nursing Facility Administrators designated Great Plains Quality Innovation Network as an approved provider of continuing education programs directly related to the duties of a nursing facility administrator, and pertaining to health care, healthcare administration or business administration.

Brought to you by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota in partnership with the QIN-QIOs serving Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.



Integrating Antibiotic Stewardship into Electronic Health Records
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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Hospital antimicrobial stewardship programs can reduce inappropriate antimicrobial use, length of stay, Clostridium difficile infection, rates of resistant infections and cost. Electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to enhance antimicrobial stewardship enabling clinicians to more efficiently review pharmacy, microbiology, and clinical data. Leaders in antibiotic stewardship (ABS) from the Great Plains QIN region will share their experience in integrating specific components of ABS into their EHR.

Target Audience:

Pharmacists, infection preventionists, nurses, clinicians, IT, EHR super users, quality improvement, risk management, and lab staff would benefit from attending this webinar.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify meaningful data for your facility’s antimicrobial stewardship program
  2. Establish efficient ways to extract antimicrobial stewardship data from your EHR
  3. Compare capabilities of different EHR systems in improving antimicrobial stewardship prescribing practices
  4. Describe how EHR integration can enhance the daily workflow of antimicrobial stewardship providers without third party support
  5. Discuss available active and passive decision support tools within EHR to guide diagnostic decision making
  6. Discuss tools available in the EHR to allow users to create antimicrobial use reports and antibiograms

Continuing Education:

An application has been submitted to the North Dakota Board of Nursing to obtain 1 contact hour for nurses for this event.


Alyssa Kelsch, PharmD
Sakakawea Medical Center
Hazen, ND

Alyssa Kelsch received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at North Dakota State University in 2015. After graduation, Dr. Kelsch pursued a Post-Graduate Year One (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program through CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, ND, and North Dakota State University College of Health Professionals. After residency completion in 2016, Dr. Kelsch was hired as the first full-time pharmacist at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, ND. Sakakawea Medical Center is a 13-bed critical access hospital offering emergency, surgical, general inpatient, swing bed, and ancillary services. Over the last 2.5 years, Dr. Kelsch has worked to build an antimicrobial stewardship program at Sakakawea Medical Center that provides quality data and education to its providers and leadership. Dr. Kelsch completed the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program in May 2019. Dr. Kelsch feels honored to have the privilege of serving the communities where she grew up, practicing in a profession she loves. She is proud to be a part of a team that provides the necessary and often lifesaving care in a rural critical access hospital.

Chris Bultsma, PharmD
Pharmacy Application Senior Analyst
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, NE

Chris Bultsma graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy in 1997 and 1999, respectively. After graduation, he completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Nebraska Health System (now Nebraska Medicine) in affiliation with University of Nebraska Medical Center. He continued to practice clinically in the adult intensive care and emergency departments and had an active role in the education of students and residents. In 2011, he transitioned to his current position as a pharmacy applications senior analyst at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE, where he supports pharmacy and infection control applications and is a member of several multi-disciplinary committees. He lives in Omaha with his wife Kim, a business owner, and daughter Mallory, a 7th grader. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running and playing yo-yo, which both have their ups and downs.