High Consequence Infectious Disease Training for Frontline Facilities

This course is designed to assist front-line healthcare facilities with planning for High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCIDs), including Ebola Virus Disease and other special respiratory pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. The course includes guidance and tools for identifying and isolating patients with Ebola or other HCIDs and informing appropriate stakeholders while providing safe and appropriate care.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for frontline healthcare workers including MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, infection preventionists, emergency managers, and support services.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two (2) ways to apply the Identify, Isolate, Inform framework in their facility
  2. Understand the distinction between HCIDs and other infectious diseases
  3. Understand the importance of infection control to strengthen ability to identify & isolate patients with potential HCIDs

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital - Center for Disaster Medicine, and Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.25 Nursing
  • 6.25 Participation
Course opens: 
05/17/2021
Course expires: 
05/17/2022
Cost:
$0.00

Erica S. Shenoy, MD, PhD, FIDSA, FSHEA

Dr. Shenoy is an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she is Associate Chief of the Infection Control Unit. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is trained as a health economist. Her research has evaluated the clinical, operational and economic impact of competing infection control strategies for multi-drug resistant pathogens and hospital acquired infections through clinical studies and mathematical modeling, has leveraged electronic health records for infection control surveillance, and applied machine-learning techniques to create risk prediction models for communicable diseases. She has investigated and published on detection and prevention of nosocomial infections, and has collaborated on research and implementation of interventions to improve antibiotic use in patients with history of antibiotic allergies.

Dr. Shenoy is Medical Director of the Regional Emerging Special Pathogens Treatment Center at MGH, one of 10 facilities supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of the regional treatment network for emerging pathogens. She has served as the Infectious Diseases and Infection Control advisor to MGH and advisor to the MassGeneral Brigham for the COVID-19 response. She has published and lectured on infection prevention approaches for SARS-CoV-2, the role of universal masking in healthcare settings and in the community, evaluation and management of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19, on optimizing evaluation and isolation of patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 in healthcare settings, and COVID-19 vaccine reactions.

Dr. Shenoy is a Fellow in both the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). She has served on the Guidelines Committee of SHEA and currently a member of SHEA’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection guidelines committee. An active member of IDSA, she previously served on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee.

Eileen F. Searle, PhD, RN/NP, CCRN

Dr. Searle serves as the Biothreats Program Director within the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine, and is a registered nurse with extensive experience in adult critical care and staff education and training, Eileen is a Supervisory Clinical Nurse for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and has responded to multiple disasters including 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.

Meredith Fahy, R.N.

Meredith Fahy has been an Infection Preventionist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) since August 2019 and is the Biothreats Infection Preventionist. Previously, she worked as a staff nurse in the Infectious Disease Associates outpatient clinic where she helped develop and implement a nurse-driven initiative to improve retention in care for high-risk HIV patients, as a staff nurse in the MGH Emergency Department, and has volunteered with the Mercy Ships organization in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 and Master of Public Health in 2016. Meredith lives outside of Boston with her husband and dog.

Stefanie Lane, MS, MPH, NREMT

Stefanie Lane serves as the Biothreats Program Manager within the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine. In this role, facilitates exercise and training activities related to the MGH Biothreats Response Team. Stefanie also works with the MGH Hazmat Response Team and assists with development of planning, training and exercise activities. Stefanie has an extensive background in education has designed and facilitated a wide variety of training courses. She has 14 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, where she has served as a training coordinator and board member for ambulance services in Vermont. Stefanie completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Vermont, and holds Masters degrees in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and Public Health from Harvard University.

Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP

Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Mass General Brigham in Boston.  He holds the Ann L. Prestipino MPH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School.   Dr. Biddinger serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Dr. Biddinger is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine.  He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to disaster medicine and emergency medical operations. 

He has responded to numerous prior disaster events, including Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, the Nepal earthquakes, and many others. 

He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.


FACULTY DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Mass General Brigham as well as guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (COI)
Mass General Brigham has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public. 

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Meredith Fahy, MPH, RN
Stefanie Lane, MS, MPH, NREMT
Pamela Quinn, RN
Sarimer Sanchez, MD
Eileen Searle, PhD, RN, CCRN
Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Meredith Fahy, MPH, RN
Stefanie Lane, MS, MPH, NREMT
Eileen Searle, PhD, RN, CCRN
Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Partners HealthCare System and the Norman Knight Center. Mass General Brigham is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.25 Nursing
  • 6.25 Participation
 
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