International Issues In Infection Prevention

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

3004 - Education and Training: A Key Step in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Outbreak Preparedness Plans in KSA

Friday, June 16
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, A 107-109

This presentation provides an overview of the education and training activities that were adopted in our tertiary care hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as part of the preparedness plans for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) over a 6-month period. Healthcare personnel training focused on knowledge of MERS-CoV case definition, collection of samples, appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), triage procedures, patient isolation, N-95 fit testing, procedures to apply following unprotected exposures, and suspected MERS-CoV patient pathway. The educational plans also covered assessment of basic infection control supplies availability (e.g., hand hygiene, PPE, and disinfectant supplies) in addition to effective environmental cleaning procedures. The MERS-CoV training activities covered 90 percent of doctors, 92 percent of nurses, and 90 percent of the other staff categories who were front-line staff in patient care in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and hemodialysis. The educational program also provided awareness to patients and community on prevention steps. The training activities met the Saudi Ministry of Health criteria and our hospital maintained a consistent 87 percent compliance rate through regular audits.
As MERS continues to be an endemic in KSA with sporadic episodes, stringent preparedness plans are a key to prevent any outbreak in healthcare settings. Determining the level of healthcare facility and healthcare provider preparedness is important to direct interventions. The attendees will learn the importance of providing training and education as a part of preparedness to an emerging infectious disease (MERS) and ensuring that all healthcare personnel are compliant with the policies and preparedness plan requirements. In addition, the session will discuss the multilevel preparedness approaches followed and the lessons learned throughout the 6-month period during multiple MERS-CoV outbreaks in KSA.
The target audience is infection preventionists (all levels), public health officials, and different healthcare personnel.

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Bassel Molaeb

Infection Control Director
Al-Moosa Specialist Hospital
Al-ahsa, Ash Sharqiyah

Bassel Molaeb is the Director of the Infection Control and Prevention Department at Al-Moosa Specialist Hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is an infection preventionist, board certified in infection prevention and control (CIC®), with 9 years of experience. He earned his Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Bassel has been an APIC member since 2011 and received the APIC Fellow designation (FAPIC) in 2016. He is a member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and member of Knowlex Ltd advisory board and the Arab Countries Infection Control Network. Bassel has participated as speaker in many national and international conferences among which are APIC, IPAC Canada and ECCMID. His research focuses on hand hygiene, healthcare associated infections, multidrug-resistant organisms, environmental cleaning and disinfection, infection prevention training initiatives and outbreak management.


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Salah S. Qutaishat

Manager, Infection Prevention
Munson Medical Center
Traverse City, Michigan

Salah S. Qutaishat, Ph.D. CIC. FSHEA, FAPIC

Ph.D., Microbiology Department, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. (1983-1988)
M.S., Medical Biology, C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York. (1981-1983)
Graduate Diploma, Counseling and Guidance, Faculty of Education, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. (1979-1981)
B.Sc., Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Manager, Infection Prevention, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI (August 2015-Present)
Sr. Clinical Advisor, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Sector, Diversey Inc., Sturtevant, WI (October 2011- July 2015)
President, OnPrevention Consulting, (June 2011-Present)
Director, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Healthcare Informatics Division, Premier Inc., Charlotte, NC. (June 2007-June 2011)
Director of Infection Control and Prevention, Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee, WI. (November 2005-June 2007)
Senior Infection Control Epidemiologist, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, WI. (1998-2005)
Clinical Epidemiology Consultant, the Scarborough General Hospital, Ontario, Canada. (August 2003)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Healthcare Infection Society (HIS).
PUBLICATIONS: Numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and several presentations at international and national scientific conferences.


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3004 - Education and Training: A Key Step in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Outbreak Preparedness Plans in KSA

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