CASA 2023
On-Demand Infection Prevention and Surveillance Seminar

CASA’s Annual Infection Prevention Seminar has become recognized as one of the premier ASC IP seminars in the country. 

Keeping up with the demands for infection prevention & surveillance is critical.  Accreditation bodies will be looking to assure your center has the most current policies and training.  CASA has secured an outstanding group of industry experts to provide you with this critical information.  This on-demand seminar is designed to provide materials to meet the CMS requirements of ongoing mandatory infection prevention training, as well as cover the components recognized by the Certified ASC Infection Preventionist (CAIP). Because this session is on-demand, you are able to take the sessions on your own time and pace!

This seminar consists of three different sessions, allowing the attendee to choose the subjects that meet their needs.
Significant discounts are applied for members attending more than one session.



ASC Infection Prevention BASIC TRAINING 

ASC Infection Prevention DIGGING DEEPER

ASC Infection Prevention in the GI CENTER

Registering for these live sessions now will be at the discounted early-bird rate. Prices will increase after the live sessions.  We encourage you to take advantage of the discount and register soon. If you have any difficulties with registration, reach out to April Ligtenberg at or 916.594.9351.


MEMBER RATE 1 Session $245
MEMBER RATE 2 Sessions $395
MEMBER RATE 3 Sessions $450
NON-MEMBER RATE 1 Session $350
NON-MEMBER RATE 2 Sessions  $700
NON-MEMBER RATE 3 Sessions $1050



IP Basic Training

An Effective Infection Control Program Begins with a Robust Infection Control Risk Assessment
Debra Ledak, Vice President, Clinical Operations, USPI

Infection Control Preventionists (ICP) will gain an understanding of the steps to complete an effective infection control risk assessment (ICRA) that will identify and prioritize plan activities and help ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality patient care.   The ICP will be able to use the skills acquired to complete a risk assessment that serves as a roadmap to creating a regulatory-compliant Infection Control Plan for the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Sterile Processing & Infection Prevention – Understanding the Process Behind Your Survey Checklist
Tori Ruiz, CRCST, Area Director Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Ambulatory Surgery

In this session, we will discuss some of the basics of sterile processing. We will examine some of the challenges facing sterile processing departments specific to the Ambulatory Surgery Center and how you can partner with your sterile processing team to help navigate them.

Identifying Surgical Site Infections
Stephanie McIntosh, MSN, RN, CAIP, CPHQ, Director, Clinical Quality-TGS, SCA Health

Together we will learn our regulatory surveillance requirements, understand surgical site infection definitions & criteria, and explore tools to conduct surveillance activities & investigations.

Incorporating IP Data into your QAPI Program
Debbie Mack RN, BSN, CAIP, CASC (R), CNOR (R), Independent Healthcare Consultant 

Now that you’ve successfully implemented your ASC IP plan and monitoring tools, it’s important to incorporate this information into your QAPI program to ensure you are tracking trends to improve patient outcomes.  This session will walk you through the steps to organize the data, engage staff and drive improvements in infection control benchmarks.  These steps allow you to track progress and communicate the outcomes with your governing board, healthcare workers, and accrediting bodies, delivering best practices and positive outcomes for your employees and patients.

IP Digging Deeper

Controlling the Petri dish, Managing Transmissible Diseases in the ASC
Emily Hemingway, RN MSN, CAIP, Clinical Effectiveness Consultant, Sutter Health Surgery Center Division

Our world is crawling with organisms looking for opportunities to grow. In this session, we will dive in and learn how to co-exist and manage the risk of infections to our patients. 

Sterilization Special Considerations with Complex Procedures
Brian J. Miller, Director Corporate Accounts – Healthcare Business Healthcare Solutions & Strategic Initiatives, STERIS Corporation
Travis Tashjian, Vice President, Sales, AmeriWater LLC

As Surgery Centers continue bringing on higher volumes and more complex cases it is imperative that the planning and management of sterile processing is done with the understanding of the new AAMI standard regarding clinical water as well as evaluating the capacity of their sterile processing departments in the components of specialized instruments’ instructions for use.  

“Infection Control Challenges: How Would You Handle That?” 
Panel Presentation

This session will talk through real-life challenging situations in the ASC setting that you must tackle as infection prevention leaders. Our speaker panel experts will offer potential solutions and tools that can assist you when these situations arise at your facility.

IP in the GI Center

Laying a Firm Foundation for Infection Prevention in the GI Suite
Betty McGinty, MSHSA, RN, CGRN, CER, Fellow Professional Education Services, Boston Scientific

Endoscopes used in the GI endoscopy suite are valuable tools for both diagnostic and therapeutic gastroenterologic procedures.  These invasive procedures are not without potential patient complications; however, one is the potential for infection.  Staff involved in the care of these patients have the opportunity to ensure patient safety through a solid foundational infection prevention program.  This foundation begins with awareness of the components of the chain of infection and includes building blocks that offer opportunities to strengthen the program by breaking the chain.  Endoscopy units will receive information enabling them to evaluate their current infection prevention programs and select building blocks that will help to solidify their structure.

Adherence to Scope Reprocessing in the GI Suite
Betty McGinty, MSHSA, RN, CGRN, CER, Fellow Professional Education Services, Boston Scientific

The endoscope reprocessing journey within the GI Suite is one that is designed to deliver diagnostic and therapeutic devices that are safe for patient use.  The road to processing, paved by standards, guidelines, and instructions for use, provides the GPS guidance for the reprocessing staff, and aids in preventing detours that can invite opportunities for infection.  This session provides an opportunity for endoscopy staff to ensure they are on course in their reprocessing practices.

Developing Infection Prevention Education for GI Staff 
Samantha Saradpon, BSN, RN Clinical Quality Coordinator/ Infection Control Coordinator

This presentation will explain the various requirements of an education program according to the accrediting bodies (CMS, TJC, AAAHC). It will explain the education and training that the infection preventionist is required to have, according to CMS.  It will cover how to create the content of the IP education for the staff, the various challenges of incorporating IP education in GI, and strategies to navigate these barriers. The presentation will suggest resources for IPs and their facilities to utilize as resources when creating the content of the education for their teams (professional organizations and vendors who can provide training).