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Ebola infection prevention and control resources

Last updated 11/4/15

 

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Ebola readiness surveys

APIC has conducted ongoing polls with its 15,000 members to assess attitudes about preparedness for Ebola and other lethal infectious diseases to help inform dialogue, indicate progress, and flag areas where additional work is necessary.

Ebola Recognition Wall

TIME magazine named “The Ebola Fighters” as person of the year. Ebola fighters are indeed worthy of this acknowledgment and we are proud to recognize our members who have joined the effort. We thank all IPs for their ongoing efforts. 

Here we recognize IPs who have gone “above and beyond,” volunteering their time and expertise to help control the spread of Ebola domestically or abroad. If you have contributed to the effort, please let us know so we may list you on this page.

 

Simone Almeida, M(ASCP), CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Carla Alvarado, PhD

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 

Angela M. Anttila, PhD, MSN, NP-C, CIC

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Dorothy Belkoski, MSN, CIC 

  • Member of the Inova Health System Ebola Task force 
  • Project lead for hospital drills and trainings and Fire and Rescue drills in Virginia

Kelley Boston, MPH, CIC

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team in Galveston, TX 

Amelia Bumsted, BS, RN, CRRN, CIC

Thomas Button, RN, NE-BC, CIC

Kevin Bussiere, RN-CIC

  • Headed Ebola preparedness for Sentara Healthcare System 

Darlene Carey, RN, MSN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Mary Ellen Casey, RN, M.Ed., CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Barbara Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE

  • Current chair of the Ebola Task Force for the National Association of Home Care and Hospice

Valerie Curry, BSN, MSIR, RN

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
  • Contributed to the development of continuing education for the course: “CDC Training for Healthcare Workers Going to Ebola Treatment Units in Africa”

James Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN, CIC, HEM

  • Currently serves as a content expert and consultant on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and the Patient Safety Authority on the Pennsylvania state lead assessment teams
  • Served as a member of a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team assessments in Pennsylvania

Barbara DeBaun, MSN, RN, CIC 

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 

Susan Dolan, RN, MS, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Suzanne Donovan, MD 

  • Volunteered in Sierra Leone, treating Ebola patients and training caregivers to care for Ebola patients
  • Led the Ebola preparation of LA County Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, CA

Judith English, PhD, RN, CIC 

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 

Pamela Falk, MPH, F-SHEA, CIC

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 
  • Selected to attend and critique the CDC course for donning and doffing as a response to the Ebola crisis in Africa, Anniston, AL
  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC
  • Developed and presented a course on donning and doffing to Eisenhower Medical Center for APIC Consulting in Palm Springs, CA
  • Presented the same course to the Illinois Hospital Association for APIC Consulting in Chicago, IL

Annemarie Flood, RN, BSN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Brenda Grant, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, CHES

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team in Hartford, CT

Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC

Heather Gilmartin, PhD, NP, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC

  • Participated in 35 media interviews during the Ebola crisis. Linda made herself available at all times of the day, and on nights and weekends to help ensure that APIC delivered a strong message to the media, often doing 7 or more interviews in a single day. Here is a partial list of her major media interviews related to Ebola: Associated Press, New York Times, US News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, TIME Magazine, CBS News, and NBC News.
  • Along with APIC leadership, Linda also participated in the Ebola telephone press briefing that APIC held on October 24 during which the results of APIC’s Ebola Readiness Poll were shared. 

Marguerite Gribogiannis, BS, MPA, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Janet Haas, DNSC, RN, CIC

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team in New York City, NY

JoEllen Harris, RN, CIC 

  • Developed training program with UNICEF, WHO, and the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health
  • Member of the CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team that went to NY-Glen Cove, North Shore, NY

Cheryl Herbert, RN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Heather Hohenberger, RN, BSN, CIC, CNOR

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Kerri L. Huber, RN, MSN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC
  • Acted in the web-based training modules on PPE

D. Kirk Huslage, RN, BSN, MSPH, CIC

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 
  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Donna Haiduven, PhD, RN, CIC

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Jill Holdsworth, MS, CIC

  • Organized a D.C. Metro area Ebola Summit that included the D.C. Department of Health and Virginia Emergency Preparedness Department
  • Participated in media interviews about Ebola

Marsha Kemp, RN, BS, CIC, COHN

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness assessment team in Richmond, VA

Doe Kley, BS, RN, CIC

  • Trained more than 100 nurses and doctors on Tier 2 PPE at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Jose, CA

Donna Kirkland, RN, BS

  • Currently setting up an Ebola treatment center in West Africa

Christina Khaokham, RN, MSN/MPH

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Susan Kraska, RN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Mary Alice Lavin, RN, MJ, CIC 

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC
  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness Assessment team in Illinois
  • Assisted APIC Consulting with PPE donning and doffing training presented at the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council for the Chicago Healthcare System Coalition for Preparedness and Response

Pancy Leung-Chen, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC, CPHQ

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
  • Volunteered to film the training for CDC TV

Valerie Lyon, RN, BSN, CIC

  • Participated in Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Ebola briefing and planning meeting
  • Led Ebola drills and table top exercises in Jefferson, MO
  • Trained targeted healthcare workers and emergency medical services for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Led Ebola drills for the Cole County EMS

Dorothy MacEachern, MS, MPH

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness Assessment team in Spokane, WA

Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness Assessment team in Philadelphia, PA
  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Anniston, AL
  • Member, American Nurses Association (ANA) Expert Advisory Panel on Ebola

Captain Peter Masters

  • Trained Virginia county and Fairfax county hospitals in Ebola preparedness
  • Spoke at the D.C. Metro Ebola Summit, educating many types of healthcare professionals

Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC

  • Participated in October 24 APIC press briefing to share results of Ebola Readiness Poll with news media

Carol McLay, DrPH, RN, CIC

  • Worked as an infection prevention specialist with WHO in Sierra Leone
  • Read Carol’s blog

Paola Montes, MPH, CIC, CHES

  • Consulted on the Ebola Response Operations team with WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Served on infection prevention and control activities with WHO in Guinea

Luz Nieves, RN, MPH, PhD – ABD

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
  • Served as Ebola preparedness trainer, Poinciana Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL

Helen Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC

  • Provided in-services for out-patient facilities and church groups in the region
  • Gathered disinfection materials, equipment, and supplies to be shipped to Sierra Leone

Kathy Roye-Horn, RN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC 

  • Member, APIC Task Force on Ebola 

Tarry Samsel, BSN, RNC, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Joseph Scaletta, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC

  • Volunteered in an Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko, Sierra Leone with Partners in Health

Barbara A. Smith, BSN, MPA, CIC

  • Presented during an Ebola PPE demonstration organized by the Greater New York Hospital Association/1199SEIU

Alexander Tomich, DNP, RN, CIC

Polly Trexler, MPH

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness Assessment team

Stephanie Turner, RN, BSN

  • Faculty member: CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Mary Virgallito, RN, MSN, CIC

  • Reviewed scripts and storyboards for the web-based training on PPE, developed by APIC, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and CDC

Marc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC

  • Represented APIC on a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness Assessment team in Illinois

Kelene Youngs, RN, CIC

  • Serves on hospital planning team, community response team
  • Led hospital and county Ebola table top drills 

APIC press activity

APIC organized a telephone press briefing on October 24 to publicize the Ebola readiness survey. APIC President Jennie Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC, CEO Katrina Crist, MBA, and senior advisor Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, participated. More than 220 articles have appeared. The APIC media relations staff has facilitated more than 45 media interviews with infection prevention experts since the Ebola crisis began.

APIC statements, news releases, and positions

  • October 31, 2014, News release: APIC collaborates with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality on Ebola PPE web training
  • October 31, 2014 Joint statement: Leading infectious disease medical societies oppose quarantine for asymptomatic healthcare personnel traveling from West Africa
  • October 26, 2014, Statement: Opposition of mandatory quarantines for healthcare personnel returning from Ebola care in West Africa. 
  • October 24, 2014, News release: Announcement of the results of the Ebola readiness survey of infection preventionists. .
  • October 23, 2014, Joint statement: Processing biohazardous medical waste from patients with Ebola, with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and others. 
  • October 16, 2014, Statement: Issued by APIC to the media. 

APIC webinars and web-based training

APIC publications and resources

Ebola FAQs

APIC has compiled frequently asked clinical questions about Ebola. The answers have been sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Doctors without Borders, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others. Additionally, we encourage you to see the CDC’s compilation of its Ebola questions and answers for additional information.

APIC Consulting Services, Inc.

APIC Consulting is available for onsite, customized, Ebola-preparedness consultations at individual acute care hospitals and hospital systems. Our primary training includes assistance in the hands-on practice of donning/doffing PPE specific to Ebola-related CDC guidance, as well as identification and implementation of a readiness plan. APIC Consultants are ready to assist individual acute care hospitals, hospital systems, ambulatory care, ASC, urgent care clinics, physician offices, and more. Train-the-trainer PPE courses are available as well for hospitals, hospital systems, state health departments, and state hospital associations. For more information, contact info@apicconsulting.com or call 202-464-4252. 

APIC’s IP Talk community

Log on to IP Talk, APIC’s peer-to-peer online community, to engage in conversations about Ebola with other infection preventionists. Type “Ebola” in the search bar to review conversations and resources posted by other infection preventionists.

Infection preventionist's blog

APIC Communications Committee Chair Carol McLay, DrPH, RN, CIC, is currently volunteering in Sierra Leone to assist in the Ebola infection prevention and control effort. She has started a blog to document her experience there. Read it here.

 

Other

Resources shared by APIC members

Personal protective equipment

Resources from additional outside organizations

 

APIC is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in response to the current outbreak by helping and coordinating needed expertise with the relevant government agencies and keeping our members updated on what they need to know to be effective in the U.S.

APIC members served as faculty for the CDC training course that prepare U.S. healthcare workers before deploying to West Africa.

Infection preventionists who are interested in working directly with the Ebola response teams in West Africa need to work through the relevant agencies, including WHODoctors Without Borders, and CDC. CDC directs people to USAID.

APIC will continuously notify members of updated Ebola-related resources from APIC, CDC, and other organizations.