Ebola: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern

  • 14 Jan 2015
  • 12:00 - 13:00
  • webinar

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You've heard the hype now get the facts about this viral disease.

Outline

  • Ebola Virus Disease
  • Previous Outbreaks
  • 2014 West African Epidemic
  • Transmission
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Exposure Risks
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Travelers
  • Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler
  • Focus on West Africa

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three risk factors for Ebola Disease
  • Understand the transmission of Ebola Viral Disease
  • Recognize the difference between flu and Ebola disease
  • Understand the differences between an outbreak and an epidemic
  • Comprehend the extent of Ebola PPE and Transmission Based PPE

Presenter

Blanche M. Lenard

Blanche M. Lenard is a registered nurse whose clinical experience began in 1970 and includes practice in the areas of Pediatrics at

Nazareth Hospitalin Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and the Operating Room at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden New Jersey . While at Lourdes she was trained as the first Open Heart and Trauma Scrub Nurse. She took her surgical expertise from Lourdes, to the Burn Treatment Center at Crozer Chester Medical Center Upland, Pennsylvania. There she was the surgical nurse on the burn assessment team. This last experience Blanche describes as “the best and most challenging nursing I could have ever practiced.” 

 In 1976 at Crozer she began her journey in Infection Control and Prevention.  She has been Board Certified Infection Control and Epidemiology since 1988 and is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Her thirty-seven years in infection control bridges both acute and long term care. Since 1994 her primary focus has been LTC.

 She has been an adjunct facility member for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Widener University since 1996 and a guest speaker for PADONA, ACTS University the 2010 AAB Annual Educational Conference and many scholastic and community groups.  

 In 2008 Blanche established an independent infection control practice for Long Term Care.  She has proficiency in surveillance methodology, data interpretation and application to improve the quality of care in LTCF.  She is well versed in the infection control compliance regulations for

Pennsylvania’s Act 52, OSHA, JCAHO, and those of the Pennsylvania's Department of Health, Division of Nursing Care Facilities, Delaware’s Division of Resident Protection and Maryland ’s Health and Mental Hygiene codes. She has mentored other nursing professionals in the processes of merging the requirements of all those regulatory bodies into practical, working IC policies and procedures.

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