This activity is designed to train US hospital epidemiologists who oversee infection control programs to have the skills, abilities, and tools available to implement infection control practices and respond to infectious threats.
Training and tools will cover:
- How to manage infectious disease outbreaks
- Actions to take during public health emergencies
- Actions to take in-between emergencies
- Principles and practices of emergency response including emergency preparedness protocols and processes (e.g., incident management).
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss lessons learned from prior outbreaks in order to prepare for emerging infections
- Describe currently emerging infectious diseases that are most likely to cause outbreaks, and implement screening procedures that would identify potential patients.
- Critique existing infection control policies and procedures and recognize gaps.
- Prepare a communication plan in order to communicate effectively with the public and media during the next outbreak/crisis.
- Define the role of the hospital epidemiologist in public health emergencies.
- Apply and evaluate current screening methods used to identify potential public health emergencies.