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Through the Eyes of the Frontline: COVID 19

Massachusetts Nurses Association & Health Watch USAsm
Webinar July 15th, 2020
 
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United States:Kevin T Kavanagh
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh is Board Chairman of Health Watch USAsm, Associate Editor for the Journal of Patient Safety and Editorial Board member of Infection Control Today. He serves on CMS’ Hospital Harm/Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program Technical Expert Panel and on NQF's Consensus Standards Approval Committee. The Perfect Storm, The History of the Ineffective Disease Policy:
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Singapore: Matthias Maiwald
Dr. Matthias Maiwald a Senior Consultant and the Head of Service, Microbiology, at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology Service & Senior Consultant (Microbiology), National University of Singapore, and at Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Singapore from the Front Lines:
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Netherlands:  Christina Vandenbroucke-Grauls
Dr. Christina Vandenbroucke-Grauls,
Editor of Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control and
Professor of Medical Microbiology, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands. Netherlands from the Front Lines:
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Spain: Jesus Rodrizuez-Bano 
Dr. Jesus Rodriguez-Baño is the immediate Past President of the ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) and Associate Editor of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Spain. Spain from the Front Lines:
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United States:  Dr. Elaine Benard
Dr. Elaine Bernard served as Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program from 1989-2017 at Harvard University. She has a BA from the University of Alberta, a MA from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, United States. United States from the Front Lines:
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Jodi Sugerman-BrozanJodi Sugerman
Ms Brozan is MassCOSH’s Executive Director. Before joining MassCOSH in April 2017, she was the Executive Director of Bikes Not Bombs which uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. Leadership development and community and youth organizing have been central to her work for decades.

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Understanding important evidence based strategies in the prevention of emerging epidemics
  • Identify infection Control strategies that prevent and mitigate the spread of disease among both workers and patients.
  • Understanding public acceptance and role of Public Health Policy on mitigating epidemic spread.


Infection Control TodayInterview discussing highpoints of the conference.   
   
Post Conference Publications

  
COVID-19: Through the Eyes through the Front Line, an International Perspective.
   Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. Nov. 7, 2020.  https://aricjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13756-020-00850-2  

Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Transform Health Care ?
Many lessons have been learned from COVID-19. We have learned that case definitions can be rapidly created and a reporting system which comprises all types of healthcare facilities can be implemented. The same needs to be done for other dangerous pathogens, including the CDC’s Urgent and Serious Threats, and strategies need to be standardized across all types of facilities. SARS-CoV-2 does not vary its lethality or infectivity based upon the facility type or region of the country. BioMed Central. Nov. 13, 2020. References      http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2020/11/11/will-the-covid-19-pandemic-transform-health-care/

COVID-19: through the eyes through the front line, an international perspective
COVID-19 is continuing to ravage the globe. In many Western Countries, the populace has not embraced public health advice which has resulted in a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.
This vulnerable population of frontline workers are faced with a choice of going to work with inadequate PPE or placing food on their families’ table. In the United States, official recommendations seem to be ever changing, based more upon supply and test availability, than on science. We must rely on science and learn from the lessons of past pandemics or we will relive, even to a greater degree, the deaths and devastations experienced by our ancestors over 100 years ago. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. Nov. 7, 2020. https://aricjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13756-020-00850-2 
   

      
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Kevin Kavanagh, MD,  Board Chairman