On August 15, GNYHA and NYC Health + Hospitals (H + H) will co-host a webinar to provide an update on special pathogen outbreaks now occurring internationally and how all hospitals can improve their readiness for potentially infected patients. Presenters will discuss the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other notable outbreaks of concern.

Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak, all hospitals are expected to be able to identify, isolate, and begin treating a patient presenting with a suspected special pathogen infection. To help hospitals maintain this capability, H + H’s Special Pathogens Team will share planning guidance to support a multidisciplinary hospital team with the provision of initial care, and decision-making regarding transfers to a specialized facility for further assessment and treatment. The guidance also discusses additional considerations, including pediatric patients, visitors and family, and health care worker safety. Training opportunities related to Ebola and special pathogen preparedness will also be discussed during the webinar.

Webinar speakers include: Dr. Syra Madad, Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Global Healthcare Preparedness for Special Pathogens; Dr. Nicholas Cagliuso, Senior Assistant Vice President, Emergency Management; Dr. Sean Studer, Chief of Medicine, H + H/Kings County; and Dr. Kerry Dierberg, Section Chief, Infectious Diseases.

This webinar is most appropriate for individuals involved in emergency management, infection prevention and control, emergency medicine, inpatient care, safety, public relations, critical care, and hospital administration. All registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with webinar instructions one week in advance.