Company Expands Leadership Team With Infection Prevention and Control Expert Sue Barnes
HAYWARD, Calif., February 22, 2017 – Applied Silver, the maker of SilvaClean®, today announced the appointment of Sue Barnes to the company’s advisory board. Ms. Barnes is the company’s third Clinical Advisor and sixth advisor in total, joining business, advertising, engineering, legal, and healthcare experts Scott McNealy, Josh McQueen, Greg Lowry, John Goodrich, J. Tress Ritter, and Leopold Selker.
Ms. Barnes, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC brings more than three decades of nationally recognized clinical, nursing, and infection and prevention experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. Barnes dedicated 27 years to Infection Prevention and Control in Kaiser Permanente, an integrated healthcare system that spans seven regions from the east coast to Hawaii, 35 hospitals and more than 400 medical offices. For the last 10 years she served as Kaiser’s National Leader for infection prevention and control. She is Board certified in infection control and prevention and is a nationally recognized figure in the field of healthcare associated infections and infection prevention. She served on the National Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Board of Directors and was selected to represent APIC on the Technical Advisory Panel of the National Quality Forum on Healthcare Associated Infections and the National Quality Forum End Stage Renal Disease Steering Committee.
Ms. Barnes is now an independent clinical consultant dedicated to supporting the evolution of the profession and practice of Infection Prevention and Control, ultimately improving the safety of patients. She is also on the board of directors for San Francisco Bay Area APIC chapter, and for the California APIC Coordinating Council.
As an active author, Ms. Barnes created the HAI Prevention and Control Plus Measures toolkit, and has been published in the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Journal, the American Journal of Infection Control, The Joint Commission Source for Compliance Strategies, and The Permanente Journal. She was an author for several APIC guides including the APIC Guide to Elimination of CRBSI, the APIC Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis, and participated in the development of the APIC Training Program for Infection Prevention in Ambulatory Care.
As a regular speaker at leading industry conferences, Ms. Barnes has educated attendees of annual AORN and APIC Conferences, the Decennial Conference, and numerous other local, national and online events. Ms. Barnes’ presentation topics have included Surgical Site Infection (SSI) prevention, Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) prevention, infection prevention mentoring, scope reprocessing, hand hygiene, Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) prevention, and simulation as a method of teaching infection prevention principles.
“I look forward to sharing my 30 years of experience in the profession of infection prevention and control to help innovative companies such as Applied Silver, contribute to the arsenal of infection prevention tools, to ultimately improve patient safety” said Sue Barnes.
“Sue is a nationally recognized infection prevention and control thought leader and highly respected member of the nursing community,” said Elizabeth Hutt Pollard, Executive Chair of Applied Silver. “Her support underscores the unique value of our approach to healthcare organizations looking to deploy the best infection prevention strategy, and we welcome her guidance as we grow our business and capitalize on SilvaClean’s position as the new standard for soft surface protection.”
Studies have proven that linens are capable of harboring odor and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. SilvaClean, an innovation driving the new standard for soft surface protection, is a patented, EPA-approved water-based ionic silver treatment developed and commercialized in Silicon Valley by Applied Silver, Inc. Already validated and adopted by leading hospital systems and sports organizations, SilvaClean imparts sustained antimicrobial properties to a wide range of fabric items including patient bedding, gowns, worker scrubs, privacy curtains, and sports gear each time they are laundered, protecting them in transport, storage and use from odor- and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
About Applied Silver, Inc. Incorporated in 2012, Applied Silver is harnessing the power of silver to develop commercial applications for a cleaner world. Applied Silver pioneered SilvaClean® – an EPA-approved, patented water-based ionic silver treatment that inhibits the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on textiles by imparting lasting antimicrobial properties to the items each time they are laundered. SilvaClean technology uses a proprietary hardware module to deliver an ionic silver treatment into each laundry cycle, all managed by intelligent 24/7 cloud-based monitoring software. Hospitals can see immediate benefits from SilvaClean’s turnkey approach and do not have to modify their current inventory management or laundry process to adopt it. For more information about Applied Silver and SilvaClean, please visit www.appliedsilver.com.