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AHRQ Safety Program for Intensive Care Units: Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI


Dates: April 5, 2019

Location: Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel

Registration Deadline: April 01, 2019

Online registration for this program has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this event.

This one-day meeting will feature Pat Posa, RN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN, as the keynote speaker. She will discuss leadership involvement and the challenges that middle management and frontline staff have with engaging them in quality projects

Pricing Details: Free

Program Details

Pat will also describe the challenges of sustaining best practices for CAUTI and CLABSI and share tips that she has learned over her 39 years in health care.  Eight of the Pennsylvania AHRQ hospitals will share their challenges, roadblocks, and successes in implementing best practices during the project. Up to four members from each ICU will be allowed to attend.

Program Objectives

  1. Describe the importance of implementing the comprehensive unit-based safety practices (CUSP) to improve patient safety.
  2. Discuss unique interventions to decrease CAUTI and CLABSI infections and device utilization.
  3. Describe the challenge of sustaining the successes made in CAUTI and CLABSI reduction.


  8:00 a.m. –   8:45 a.m.     Registration and Continental Breakfast

  8:45 a.m. –   9:00 a.m.     Welcome

  • Amy Disharoon and Mary Catanzaro

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Improving Leadership Involvement

  • Pat Posa, RN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Hospital Presentations from three participating hospitals

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 pm.      Hospital Presentations from three participating hospials

12:15 p.m. –   1:00 p.m.     Lunch and Networking

  1:00 p.m. –   2:00 p.m.     Sustainability in CAUTI and CLABSI Reductions

  • Pat Posa, RN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN

  2:00 p.m. –   2:45 p.m.     Hospital Presentations from two participating hospitals

  2:45 p.m. –   3: 15 p.m.     Hospital Recognitions and Wrap-Up

  • Mary Catanzaro and Clare Edelmayer 


Patricia Posa, RN, MSA, CCRN-K FAAN
Population Health Clinical Integration Leader, St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Quality Excellence Leader, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Pat Posa is the Population Health Clinical Integration Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Southeastern Michigan. In this role she has implemented a risk prediction tool and associated interventions within the hospital and post-acute settings. She also works as a Quality Excellence Leader for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, leading initiatives to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions, and other quality related areas. She has held various roles in health care in the hospital, ambulatory, and health system settings over her 39 years in practice including manager of inpatient critical care units, director of nursing, and administrator of an outpatient multispecialty/primary care clinic. Pat has been involved in the statewide Keystone ICU patient safety initiative and faculty for multiple state and national clinical collaboratives including the AHRQ Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) for Mechanically Ventilated Patients, AHRQ On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, and AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI. Pat is also a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI, sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for HRET and the Michigan Hospital Association. Through Pat's leadership at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, she was awarded the HHS/Critical Care Societies Outstanding Leadership in Eliminating CLABSI and VAP in 2011. She was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. In 2017, Pat was awarded the Michigan Hospital Association Quality and Patient Safety Leadership Award. Pat has published many articles in both clinical and quality journals. She lectures and consults extensively nationally on various critical care, patient safety, and quality topics. Pat received a Bachelor in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.


Registration Information

Although this program is free of charge, you must register to attend.

This will be a green event. In order to minimize the environmental cost of publishing, a link to presentations will be sent to all registrants prior to the program.

A continental breakfast and group luncheon will be offered.

Registration deadline is April 1.

Overnight Accommodations

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for the evening of April 4 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA. In order to guarantee yourself a room at the hotel, you must make reservations by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22. After this time, reservations will be accepted on a space available, rate available basis, and you may not be guaranteed the group room rate of $135 per room, per night (single or double occupancy), plus fees and taxes. Please call the hotel directly at 717-564-5511 for overnight accommodations and specify that you are attending a HAP event.


For registration information, or if you need special accommodations, please contact Marty Kenyon at (717) 561-5382.

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