APIC collaborates on development of new CDC Ebola training modules for emergency departments

Washington, D.C., February 17, 2015 –The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) assisted the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to create four new interactive, web-based training modules for emergency department personnel who treat patients with infectious diseases, which are now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

The training program, titled “Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines,” helps prepare healthcare personnel to quickly and efficiently identify, triage, and manage the care of patients with suspected Ebola virus disease. The modules also highlight important planning processes, provider-patient communication techniques, and cross-discipline teamwork principles that can be used to effectively manage several emerging diseases. The modules highlight the CDC’s three-step strategy for caring for suspected Ebola patients: identify, isolate, and inform.

Led by the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, APIC was among a multidisciplinary team of experts who contributed to the development of the CDC-funded training modules. Additional partners included Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Emergency Nurses Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and others. 

“This innovative program will assist emergency department personnel in managing the care of patients who might have a highly virulent infectious disease such as Ebola or other emerging pathogens,” said Michael Anne Preas, RN, BSN, CIC. “The new modules—which consist of short, step-by-step video clips and vignettes—provide infection preventionists with a valuable tool to expand and reinforce their education efforts to better protect patients and ensure healthcare worker safety.”  

The modules for emergency department personnel—along with the initial web-based CDC training program, “Ebola Preparedness: PPE Guidelines” released in October of 2014—are available free of charge on the CDC’s website and iTunes U.

APIC released results of a follow-up Ebola readiness poll of infection preventionists in January 2015 which indicated that the amount of time spent on Ebola activities reduced most institutions’ capacity to focus on infection prevention and control for other infectious diseases; the data also indicated that many facilities have not made a commitment to provide additional infection prevention and control resources as a result of the Ebola crisis. 


About APIC

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at http://www.apic.org.  See APIC resources on Ebola.  Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou