794. Meet-the-Professor: Controversies with Contact Precautions
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Controversies with Contact Precautions
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 7:00 AM
Room: 254AB
This session will review the evidence related to both the use of contact precautions, and its potential unintended consequences, highlighting areas of controversy and practice variation, and encouraging participation of the audience.

Kathryn Kirkland, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Dartmouth Medical School, trained in medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Duke University Medical Center, followed by two years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been at Dartmouth for 12 years, where she serves as Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Collaborative Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention (CHIP) program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease and International Health) at Dartmouth Medical School with a secondary appointment at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is a member of IDSA and a fellow of SHEA. She serves on the SHEA Guidelines Committee, and is a board member of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Professional interests include ethical aspects of infection prevention; cultural and behavioral factors that drive professional responses to infection prevention and quality improvement initiatives (e.g., hand hygiene); developing leaders of improvement in health care.

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