Sharon Sumner is a registered nurse with more 30 years of experience, and has spent the last 12 years focusing on infection prevention efforts. In her current role, she aids in central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention and helps implement central line insertion and maintenance bundles throughout a system of 22 hospitals.
One of Sharon’s most memorable experiences in her career was being part of a team that planned, designed and built an emergency preparedness unit (EPU) — the first stand-alone EPU in Utah. It has the capacity to house two ICU-level patients with highly communicable diseases.
Sharon serves as a thought leader in the infection prevention space, authoring peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics including antibiotic stewardship, emergency preparedness, and alcohol cap utilization to decrease CLABSIs. Additionally, Sharon’s humanitarian efforts have led her all around the world, including regions in Russia and Iraq.
Sumner, S, Forsyth, S, Merrill, KC, Taylor, C, Vento, T, Veillette, J, & Webb, B. Antimicrobial Stewardship: The role of the nurse educator. Nursing Education Today. 2018; 60: 157-160. View article.
Dascomb, K, Taylor, C, Sumner, S, Fetzer, A, Orton, J, Barton, N, Firth, S, Burke, JP. Impact of Catheter-Day Reductions on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Intervention Evaluation. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2016; 3(1): 397. View abstract.
Merrill, K, Sumner, S, Linford, L, Taylor, C, Macintosh, C. Impact of universal disinfectant cap implementation on central line-associated bloodstream infections. American Journal of Infection Control. 2014; 42(12): 1274-1277. View abstract.