Keith St. John
Vice President, Clinical Affairs, PDI Healthcare
BIOGRAPHYKeith St. John recently joined PDI in July 2016 as the new Vice President of Clinical Affairs. He heads a Clinical Affairs team that includes a Director, 5 Clinical Science Liaisons, and 3 part-time expert clinical consultants. Keith received his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Delaware and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Keith has been an Infection Preventionist for the past 30+ years, including 17 years of directing IPC programs at major tertiary teaching institutions (i.e., Temple University Hospital; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.) Keith is certified in Infection Control & Epidemiology and is a past President of the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC.) Keith is also a Fellow of APIC (FAPIC.) In 2005-2010, as well as continuing to serve during the next term 2010-2015, he was a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention Expert Compounding Committee, and was co-author of the current and proposed chapters of the USP <797> on Pharmaceutical Compounding - Sterile Preparations as well as the existing USP Chapter <800> on Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. Keith is a co-author of a new chapter in the ASHP Compounding Sterile Preparations book entitled Microbiological Issues in Compounding Sterile Preparations, published in 2017. Keith has served as a Philadelphia-Delaware Valley APIC Chapter President, a member of the National APIC Governmental Affairs Committee, APIC Text Revision Task Force, APIC Education Committee, and is a past member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Infection Control. In addition to APIC, Keith is also a current member of SHEA, The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS-UK), The International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC), AORN, AVA, and IPAC. Keith has co-authored several journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has a special interest in environmental microbiology, disinfection and sterilization practices, and skin antisepsis.
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Role of Cleaning and Disinfection of the Environment in Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections
St. John will discuss the success of various strategies including the use of wipes and where infection control technologies are headed in terms of innovation and specific problems to be solved.