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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Dr. Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"The Environmental Microbiome of PT Clinics & Healthcare-associated Infections"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D presents his research on "The Environmental Microbiome of PT Clinics & Healthcare-associated Infections."


Understanding the sources of microbial contamination in healthcare settings and physical therapy (PT) clinics is important to patients, healthcare providers and the public. However, little is known about the specific patterns of contamination in PT clinics or what factors are most closely related to surface contamination. The purpose of this webinar is to review what is known about healthcare-associated infections in general and about the physical therapy microbiome (the collective microbial inhabitants of in and out-patient PT facilities). Research about the level of contamination on surfaces and factors that contribute to contamination in hospitals and outpatient facilities will be reviewed. The extent of microbial contamination and specific microbes found on public space surfaces and healthcare facilities will be discussed. The specific role of the environmental microbiome in physical therapy clinics (in-patient and out-patient facilities) and strategies to minimize contamination and spread of disease will be highlighted.


At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of the healthcare-associated infection problem and key microbes involved
  • Describe the role of community acquired infections and public space surfaces in the spread of disease to patients in healthcare setting such as PT clinics
  • Recognize and describe key factors that may contribute to localization or colonization of microbes in physical therapy clinics
  • Describe measures that can be taken to limit or minimize spread of disease or contamination in PT clinics 



Dr. Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D completed his BS degree in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980, his entry-level physical therapy education (MS, PT) at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1992 and a doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Christian was a recipient of a Foundation for Physical Therapy, Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholar Fellowship (1998-2000) supporting his doctoral research and a Foundation for Physical Therapy grant-in-aid supporting post-doctoral research investigating the use of a left-ventricle assist device to restore cardiac function in patients with heart failure. His research interests include prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes through exercise and the role of the gut microbiota in health and disease. He has over 10 years of clinical experience, including phase I cardiac rehab and acute care. He has authored many presentations and publications related to prevention of obesity and is a member of the APTA’s Cardiopulmonary Section. Dr Evans is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University where he teaches pathology, pharmacology, cardiopulmonary physical therapy and courses related to professional development. Dr. Evans is a member of the Cardiopulmonary Section of the APTA and is also active in the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. He was a recent recipient of a grant from the IPTA-Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (2018) to study the microbiome of a physical therapy clinic.


You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Environmental Microbiome of PT Clinics & Healthcare-associated Infections
Time: May 9, 2019 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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ZOOM Virtual Meeting Information -

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.

Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



Non-healthcare Environmental Microbiomes:
Lin J, Lin D, Xu P, et al. Non-hospital environment contamination with Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: proportion meta-analysis and features of antibiotic resistance and molecular genetics. Environmental Research. 2016;150:528-540.
Stanforth, B, Krause, A, Starkey, C, Ryan, T. Prevalence of Community Associated Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in High School Wrestling Environments. Journal of Environmental Health. 2010; 72(6):12-17.
Healthcare Environmental Microbiomes:
Visalachy S, Palraj KK, Kopula SS, Sekar U. Carriage of multidrug resistant bacteria on frequently contacted surfaces and hands of health care workers. Journal of Clinical Diagnostic Research. 2016;10(5):18-20.
Revelas A. Healthcare – associated infections: A public health problem. Nigerian Medical Journal : Journal of the Nigeria Medical Association. 2012;53(2):59-64.
Markley JD, Stevens MP. Infection Control in the Outpatient Setting. In Infection Prevention 2018, pp. 35-53, Springer, Cham.
Han JH, Sullivan N, Leas BF, Pegues DA, Kaczmarek JL, Umsheid CA. Cleaning hospital room surfaces to prevent health care associated infections. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2015;163(8):598-607.
Schabrun S, Chipchase L. Healthcare equipment as a source of nosocomial infection: a systematic review. Journal of Hospital Infections. 2006;63(3):239-245.
Aljadi, SH, Al-Shemmari, M, Al-Ramzi, J, et al. Bacterial contamination in physical therapy departments in the State of Kuwait. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2017;29(6):1014-1018.


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