Continuous Quality Improvement

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3006 - Are You Ready for a Measles Outbreak?

Friday, June 16
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 147-148

Minnesota is in the midst of a measles outbreak, with over 75 cases reported as of this week. In seven weeks, the state has exceeded the total number of measles cases (70) reported in the United States in 2016. This session will discuss the current situation, how community conditions made such an outbreak inevitable, process and protocols developed to prevent transmission and identify cases, and how collaboration and communication are vital in an outbreak situation. The panel will address issues including visitor restrictions, post exposure prophylaxis, and open up the end of the session for an opportunity to ask IPs on the front line of an outbreak any question about measles.

Learning Objectives:

Karoline Sperling

Infection Preventionist
Park Nicollet Health Services
St Louis Park, Minnesota

Karoline Sperling, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, CIC is currently an infection preventionist for Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and has almost 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her background includes working as a clinical microbiologist before moving into infection prevention. She has over eight years of experience in the field and is board certified in infection prevention and control.
Karoline has a Masters of Public Health degree in environmental health and Bachelors of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of APIC and has been a member of the APIC MN Conference Committee for eight years, serving as conference chair in 2013, and also a current member of the APIC National Annual Conference Committee.


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Wendy Berg

Infection Preventionist

Wendy Berg is an Infection Preventionist at Children's Hospital's and Clinic's of Minnesota.


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Joseph L. Kurland

Vaccine Specialist / Infection Preventionist
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

Joseph Kurland, MPH serves as Vaccine Specialist and Infection Preventionist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota with primary responsibliity over ambulatory care areas. During his past 4 years in this role, he assisted clinics preparing for possible Ebola cases--made more releveant as Minnesota has a large Liberian community, provided guidance and education during last year's measles outbreak. He has particular interests in high level disinfection and sterelization processes, legionella prevention, and evidence based interventions. Joe currently serves as the communications director for APIC Minnesota Chapter. He and his wife of 10 years are proud parents of 3 children who fill out the majority of their free time.


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Adriene Y. Thornton

Infection Preventionists
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Infection Preventionists at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Registered Nurse in Pediatrics for 20 years. I have been an Infection Prevenitionist for 7 years. I am a SHEA Gina Pugliese scholarship recipient for 2012 to attend the SHEA/CDC education course. My areas of focus are Hand Hygiene Compliance and CLABSI reduction in high risk pediatric populations.


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Patricia Stinchfield

Director of Infectious Disease/ Immunology and Infection Prevention and Control
St. Paul, Minnesota

Patricia Stinchfield is the Director of Infectious Disease/Immunology and Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Utah, Stinchfield has a 34 year nursing career with 25 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Disease. Stinchfield was a voting member of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices from 2004-2008 and currently serves as a liaison member representing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Stinchfield has led the response at Children's to both H1N1 and measles outbreaks and was the 2011 American Nurses Association Immunity award winner.


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