Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

2202 - NHSN Surveillance in Long-Term Care Facilities: Making Clostridium difficile Event Data Work for You

Thursday, June 15
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 141-144

This session will focus on the types of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) laboratory-identified (LabID) event data long-term care (LTC) facility users can obtain from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). During this interactive discussion, a “real-world” case scenario will be used to teach users the various ways to look at and interpret CDI data.

Learning Objectives:

Angela Anttila

Nurse Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Woodstock, Georgia

Angela Anttila is a certified infection preventionist working as a nurse epidemiologist in the Surveillance Branch with the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She provides consultation and technical assistance regarding surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) using the National Healthcare Safety Network. She serves as a subject matter expert for clinical inquiries related to the application of the CDC's HAI definitions and criteria in the Long-term Care Facility Component. For more than 20 years, Angela has been successful at blending her patient care expertise and passion for public health. She has effectively engaged in roles of infection prevention and control, healthcare epidemiology, academia, consulting, information technology, healthcare quality improvement, correctional medicine, and clinical excellence. She holds an MSN and a PhD in public health and epidemiology.


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Elisabeth Mungai

Data Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Elisabeth Mungai is a public health analyst  with the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the CDC. Elisabeth earned a master’s degree in microbiology and an MPH in epidemiology from Emory University. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where she earned a BS in biology. Elisabeth’s work focuses on analyzing the long-term care component data in National Healthcare Safety Network. Prior to working at DHQP, Elisabeth was a surveillance epidemiologist with the Enteric Disease Epidemiology branch.


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Dawn Tomac

Director of Quality and Safety Initiatives
Avera Health
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Dawn Tomac is director of quality and safety initiatives for Avera Health. She’s a registered nurse with 29 years of experience, practicing in infection prevention since 1996 and certified since 1998. Her clinical nursing background includes 10 years’ experience in critical care. She earned her BS with a major in nursing from South Dakota State University. Dawn is a member of the South Dakota Antibiotic Stewardship Workgroup and CRE Task Force, and the Minnesota Hospital Association LEAPT Seeing Sepsis project. Dawn has spoken nationally on sepsis care and CRE. Under Dawn’s direction, the Avera antibiotic stewardship program with the South Dakota Department of Health was acknowledged nationally by the CDC. In her current role, she supports programing with infection prevention staff from 33 hospitals, 21 long-term care facilities, 200 clinics, DME, and multiple home care departments in five states. She was appointed to the APIC Guidelines Committee in 2016.


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