Webinar: A Paradigm Shift to Zero Harm: CDC Updated Guidance on the Value of Nasal Decolonization

Wednesday, September 18, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   iCalendar Eastern Standard Time

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and North Carolina Healthcare Association

This presentation will explain the role of the nose's nasal vestibule in hospital-associated infections (HAIs). The speaker will discuss the evolution of nasal colonization. Results of new meta-analyses on the efficacy of nasal decolonization will be reviewed.  A description of the financial impact of avoided HAIs and readmissions on your hospital's operations and bottom line will be offered.



1.Explain the role of the nasal vestibule in hospital-associated infections. 


2.Discuss the evolution of nasal decolonization.


3.Review the results of meta-analyses on the efficacy of nasal decolonization.


4.Describe how to capture the impact of avoided infections and readmission on your hospital’s operations and finances.


Registration Instructions:

Register your group for this webinar an share the Zoom registration link. Those interested in CEs must register in Zoom prior to the start of the webinar. This webinar will require a password which will be provided to the individual registering in zoom. You will need this link to view the recording.


$199 NCHA Member Facilities

$279 Non Members


Karen Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC
Karen is a clinical instructor at University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine. She has specialized in infection prevention and control for over 4 decades, including serving for 24 years as the Associate Director of the North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE). Karen also served as the Infection Preventionist Consultant for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2011 to 2020. She is a Fellow in both the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

Karen has served on numerous chapter and national committees and elected positions and was the 2019 APIC National President. She has received several awards for her service and contributions to the field of Infection prevention, to include Infection Today’s “Educator of the Year”, SHEA’s Advanced Practice Award, APIC’s Carol B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and North Carolina’s Old North State Award for exemplary service to the citizens of the state. Karen has published primary research articles, outbreaks and chapters in the medical literature and is a frequent speaker and for national, and international conferences. Karen earned her BS in Nursing from Indiana University and her Master’s in healthcare epidemiology from the University of Virginia.