Back to the Basics - Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers and PPE
In this episode of Transmission Interrupted, NETEC hosts Jill Morgan and Trish Tennill go back to the basics of viral hemorrhagic fevers and personal protective equipment. They discuss four of the most serious and deadly viral hemorrhagic fevers: Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fevers.
While cases in the U.S. are rare, recent outbreaks of Marburg in Ghana, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Iraq, Lassa Fever in Nigeria, and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo mean that health care workers need to know how to identify and treat these viral illnesses. Where do they get their names? What are the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fevers? What can health care workers do to prevent transmission in health care settings? Learn the answers to these questions and more on the podcast.
Jill Morgan is a registered nurse and a subject matter expert in personal protective equipment (PPE) for NETEC. For 35 years, Jill has been an emergency department and critical care nurse, and now splits her time between education for NETEC and clinical research, most of it centering around infection prevention and personal protective equipment. She is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), ASTM International, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
Patricia Ann Tennill RN, BSN
Associate Director of Nursing
NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue , New York, NY
Patricia Tennill is an Associate Director of Nursing in Staff Development and the nursing lead for the NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue Special Pathogens Program. Patricia has been involved with the Special Pathogens Program since 2014 as a nurse leader responsible for coordinating and overseeing all nursing operations on the Special Pathogens Unit, including the development of protocols concerning the movement and care of patients with special pathogens and the subsequent hands-on training for all staff involved in the Special Pathogens Program.
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