Barbara DeBaun

With more than three and a half decades of experience in infection prevention and quality improvement, Barb provides expert vision and leadership for health organizations that require assistance in developing and implementing initiatives. 


  • Adjunct Faculty, Dominican University (current) 
  • Certified Infection Control Practitioner 
  • Improvement Advisor, Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative (BEACON) 
  • Director of Patient Safety and Infection Control, California Pacific Medical Center 
  • BA, Nursing, Pace University 
  • MS, Nursing, San Francisco State University 
  • Member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 
  • APIC Elected Board Member 


  • Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) – Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


  • Certified Infection Control Practitioner (CIC)
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer


  • Rapid Diagnostics for Bloodstream Infections: a primer for infection preventionists. AJIC, April 2018 
  • Looking Forward-Infection Prevention in 2017. AORN Journal, Dec 2016 
  • Reviewed the 2013 APIC Implementation Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections 
  • Expert review panel for AHRQ “Closing the Quality Gap: Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections” 
  • A Call to Safety: Why current safety devices are not solving the needlestick issue.  MedPro Safety Products White Paper, Oct 2012 
  • Reviewed the Report: Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2008 
  • Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Properties of an Alcohol-free 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution AORN Journal, May 2008 
  • Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age? Infection Control Today, July 2007 
  • Infection Control 2006: Is it something in the air? Nurses Digest, Aug 2006 
  • Sharps Containers: to reuse or not to reuse; that is the question Infection Control Resource, July 2006 
  • Transmission of Infection with Multi-dose Vials Infection Control Resource, Sept 2005 

Past Work:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, California, 2010-present
  • BEACON Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative – Improvement Advisor
  • Director of Patient Safety and Infection Prevention, California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco
  • Infection Control Director, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Infection Control Coordinator, St Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • Infection Control Nurse, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Bronx, NY