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Susan (Sue) Burns, BS(MT), CIC, VA-BC™

Sue is a Clinical Science Liaison supporting the Sani Professional, division of PDI, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Medical Technology from Eastern Michigan University. Sue is board certified in Infection Control (CBIC), Board Certified in Vascular Access (VA-BC) and is ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certified. Sue is currently Board Member and Networking Chairperson for the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control. She has maintained an active role and is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Sue has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, including hospital Infection Prevention (Henry Ford Health System), Infection Prevention consulting, Senior Hospital Representative (Merck & Co., IV Anti-Infective Sales) and Microbiology (HFHS) & (SJH).

Recent Posts

Infection Prevention in the Food Service Arena

Posted by Susan (Sue) Burns, BS(MT), CIC, VA-BC™ on Mar 1, 2017 9:37:00 AM


Goodbye Winter. Hello Spring!:

Winter has passed, and Spring is in the air. Northerners are finally able to venture out of their snow-blocked homes, and become road warriors or mass transit travelers. Hotels, amusement parks and other recreational events are preparing for their deluge of “spring fever” crowds and vacationers, as spring breeds a plethora of outdoor activities.

Time away from home also means eating out more: at airports, hotels, restaurants, community events, hospital cafeterias, and other places where food can be readily obtained. Unfortunately, this increase in dining out also leads to an increase in foodborne diseases/illnesses – which continue to play a major role in nationwide outbreaks.

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‘Tis the Season – Holidays, Colds & Flu Season

Posted by Susan (Sue) Burns, BS(MT), CIC, VA-BC™ on Nov 3, 2016 9:22:00 AM


Thanksgiving Day is only a few weeks away.

What thoughts come to mind?

Perhaps family, friends, travel, turkey with all its trimmings, pumpkin pie, and shopping?

However, healthcare workers know something else is on the horizon! The time spent with family and friends increases the potential risk for transmission of colds, flu, and other potentially infectious diseases. Infection Prevention Week has just passed, drawing attention to methods that help prevent person-to-person transmission, including clean hands and clean environment.  We cannot afford to lose that momentum going into the next few holiday months ahead.

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