The following is information from the November 6, 2019 High Consequence Infectious Disease Workshop
The 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak was one of the deadliest high consequence infectious disease outbreaks in history. In the wake out the outbreak, the National Ebola Treatment and Education Center (NETEC) was developed and provides the ability for training and readiness, as well as response to potential Ebola cases or other high consequence infectious diseases across the nation. Many facilities felt prepared and ready for the potential cases following the development of NETEC, but over time many feel resources and capabilities have begun to plateau.
Amid another deadly Ebola outbreak in 2019, and vulnerability for an infectious disease outbreak due to heavy international travel in the region, partners are again seeking out resources for readiness and response trainings should the outbreak, or another infectious disease, arrive or begin in the United States. Preparing for these lower probability, but higher consequence events is difficult, and thus partners are continually challenged to develop and maintain preparedness and response capabilities. Because of this, the Network and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Puget Sound Chapter hosted a one-day workshop in November 2019 to allow for resource sharing and communication of expectations and procedures with a broad audience of partners from healthcare, public health and emergency medical services.
Below are materials gathered from the workshop, which we hope you will find helpful. For any questions regarding these materials, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com, or call the main office at 425-988-2898.
High Consequence Infectious Disease Agenda
High Consequence Infectious Disease Presenter Biographies
Washington Healthcare & Public Health High Consequence Infectious Disease Expectations
Healthcare Facility Readiness & Expectations
Robust Patient Screening & Implementation of the 3 I’s (Identify, Isolate & Inform)
Special Pathogens Testing – Washington State Public Health
HCID Response Team Development Sustainment, Training & Exercise
Frontline Facility Toolkit, Minnesota Department of Public Health
Georgia Department of Public Health Travel Screening Website
Managing Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance
National Ebola Training & Education Center (NETEC)
NYC Health + Hospitals Frontline Facility Report
Perspectives on the Management of Children in a Biocontainment Unit
Washington State Department of Health, Ebola Virus Disease & Other Special Pathogen Disease Online Training