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Preparing Hospitals and Healthcare Personnel for Long-Term Respirator Usage
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/9/2019
When: Wednesday, October 9th
Noon Central Time
Where: WEBINAR
Saint Louis University, College for Public Health & Social Justice
St. Louis, Missouri 
United States
Presenter: Presented by Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Contact: Kristine Sanger
402-552-3099


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Bioterrorism, pandemics, and outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases will result in a surge of contagious patients that may necessitate long-term usage of respiratory protection for hospital healthcare personnel. Stockpiling practices and pre-event planning may prevent the need to extend the use or re-use respiratory protection, though these practices are likely to be needed during a future event. Long-term respirator usage poses unique physiological and psychological challenges to healthcare personnel and policies are needed to protect workers and allow hospitals to manage patient surge. This webinar will discuss research related to long-term respirator usage, including with a surgical mask overlay as recommended by the Institute of Medicine, and health policy guidance will be provided.

 

Objectives:

1)    Identify the reasons why long-term respirator usage planning is needed for hospitals

2)    Recognize physical, psychological, and behavioral findings that may place healthcare personnel at risk when wearing respiratory protective equipment

3)    Describe interventions to prevent depleting respirator supplies during a disaster and how to protect healthcare personnel wearing respiratory protective equipment for prolonged periods

 

Presented by Dr. Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Director, Institute for Biosecurity, Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics;  College for Public Health & Social Justice, Saint Louis University

 

Dr. Terri Rebmann is the Director of the Institute for Biosecurity and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice. She is a PhD Nurse researcher with an emphasis in infectious disease emergency preparedness. In addition, she is board certified in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology and an APIC Fellow. Her past work experience includes research and clinical practice with HIV/AIDS patients and hospital infection prevention and epidemiology. In her current position with the Institute for Biosecurity as the Director, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the Institute’s Certificate, MPH, and PhD academic programs, as well as teaching classes in the programs and conducting research. Her research areas of focus include healthcare and public health professional disaster preparedness, long-term use of respiratory protection, and addressing barriers to vaccine uptake. She publishes and lectures on bioterrorism, pandemic planning, emerging infectious diseases, and infection prevention practices on a national basis.

 

Dr. Rebmann has served on several national and international task forces and committees aimed at minimizing morbidity and mortality related to emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats. Examples include being a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and

Epidemiology (APIC) Ebola Task Force and being a former member and Chair of the APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee.

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