International Issues In Infection Prevention

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

1307 - Community Preparedness for High-Risk Infectious Diseases: A Seven-Hospital Health System's Approach to Becoming an Infection Control Assessment and Response Center of Excellence

Wednesday, June 14
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, D 137-140

Prior to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, our response to emerging infectious diseases was “in the moment, just-in-time” education and training. This left our communities vulnerable and without a plan for action. It wasn’t until two nurses in the United States contracted Ebola from their patient did the CDC update personal protective equipment guidance to include no exposed skin. While it was evident that the World Health Organization and CDC were learning alongside the actual providers — just as we were learning with our teams — there had always been a real opportunity to improve collaboration among these organizations, hospitals, providers, and county and state public health entities. Legacy Health quickly united with other local hospitals and public health entities to engage diverse expertise in planning. Our Ebola Assessment Center, known as the Biological Isolation Care Unit, involves more than 60 caregivers across all Legacy hospitals, representing adult, pediatrics, and perinatal/neonatal specialties. Recognizing the importance of long-term preparedness for any serious communicable disease, our approach to equipping staff has included education and competencies on all hazards, e.g., SARS, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and Nipah virus. We will maintain readiness with the same level of diligence as when we started, aspiring to set a new standard for preparedness in collaboration with our external partners. University of Nebraska Medical Center trained their team for 9 years before admitting a patient to their biocontainment unit and then successfully cared for patients with Ebola. During the presentation, we’ll share our most valuable learning, a structure for maintaining operations, and key points for effective multidisciplinary, multiorganization engagement in community preparedness. The target audience for this presentation includes infection prevention and community partner leaders.

Learning Objectives:

Susan Diskin

Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner
Legacy Health
Portland, Oregon

Susan Diskin is an infection preventionist at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in infection prevention in the hospital setting for over six years and in an ambulatory surgery center for over seven years. She has a BSN and has been board certified in infection prevention and control since 2012. Susan took a lead role at Legacy Health when Ebola first emerged in the United States, revising the screening processes and training the specialized infectious disease treatment team, lab personnel, and the emergency department staff. She collaborated with a number of teams on construction modifications for a Biological Isolation Care Unit, writing algorithms, standard operating procedures for cleaning and waste management, and personal protective equipment guidance. Working with the state of Oregon, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center achieved CDC designation as an Ebola Assessment Center and Infection Control Assessment and Response Center for Excellence.


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Jana Brott

Manager, Infection Prevention and Control; Interim Manager, Quality Improvement
Legacy Health
Portland, Oregon

Jana Brott supports the quality performance and infection prevention and control teams within the quality and patient safety division at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, and southwest Washington. She’s held leadership roles in quality for the last seven years and previously worked in surgical services as a clinical anesthesia specialist. Jana’s teams are accountable for creative and successful support of the quality strategic plan across Legacy’s seven hospitals, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, and hospice program. In 2014, Jana and her team assisted with the establishment of an Ebola Assessment Center, known as Legacy’s Biological Isolation Care Unit. The unit was recognized by the CDC and State Health Department in July 2015 and March 2016 to provide care for patients that may have a serious communicable infectious disease or novel respiratory infection. Currently the unit operates as an Infection Control Assessment and Response Center of Excellence.


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Nicole Nomides

Manager, Infection Prevention & Epidemiology
Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nicole Nomides earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1996. She completed her internship at the St John Laboratories School of Medical Technology and received MT (ASCP) certification in 2000. She earned her Master of Science degree in Health Services from Madonna University in 2005. She has been CIC certified since 2007, and FAPIC certified since 2017. Nicole has worked as an Infection Preventionist since 2004, and is currently employed as Manager of the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology department at the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers. Her areas of expertise include Critical Care, Operating Room, and the Sterile Processing Department. She has served on the Board of the APIC-Great Lakes Chapter as President, Bylaws, Nominations, Secretary, and Program Chairs, and is currently a member of the national APIC Membership Services Committee.


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