Disasters due to infectious disease can have a major impact on public health. Regardless of whether the disaster is due to a naturally occurring incident or an international act of bioterrorism.1 Infection preventionists play an important role in implementing protocol and procedures to keep the public safe from harm.
Many organizations have provided guidelines and best practices for disaster preparedness, including:
- The CDC emergency preparedness and response for all health professionals
- An APIC report in the American Journal of Infection Control on the infection preventionist role in emergency management
- The CDC preparedness and response framework for influenza pandemics
However, because natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks can occur at any time − often unexpectedly − even the best thought-out, well-written plans cannot always mitigate for every issue that might arise during a disaster or outbreak.
Our webinar on Wednesday, June 8 with Angela Loving, MSN, RN, CIC will discuss basic mitigation efforts that every infection preventionist can apply in the worst of situations. Loving will also review emerging infectious diseases (including hospital pathogens), and identifying challenges in prevention and control measures.
1 Rebmann, T. (2009). APIC State-of-the-art Report: The role of the infection preventionist in emergency management. American Journal of Infection Control, 271-281.