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Thursday, December 3 • 10:40am - 11:25am
2020-002 Community-Based Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Their Impact on Employee Health Services – Recent Outbreaks of Measles and Coronavirus

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Topic Overview:
Hospital-based Employee Health Services (EHS) are on the front line for community-based outbreaks. It is important to note that some of the appropriate control measures, immunizations practices, and infection control recommendations are similar for different outbreaks, but not all control measures are the same; this is where the challenge arises for an EHS. In the case of measles, not since 1992 has there been a greater number of measles cases in the United States. The principle risk factor was a person not being vaccinated against measles. For the whole of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,282 individual cases of measles in the United States, where 128 of these cases (approximately 10%) were hospitalized. In the case of COVID-19, as of mid-May 2020, there were nearly4.5 million cases and over 303,000 deaths identified on an international level. This presentation will report on the experiences, findings, and outcomes of control interventions for these community-based outbreaks. Specific limitations of the EHS are reviewed, along with implemented solutions.
  • Review national trends related to measles and coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Review the healthcare system’s baseline measures based on established Employee Health Service policies and practices.
  • Outline the healthcare system’s recommended changes.
  • List the overall outcome measures.
  • Discuss recommendations for an Employee Health Service when addressing community-based outbreaks.

avatar for Becky Edge, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Becky Edge, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Becky Edge has worked in occupational health for over 20 years, with experience in both the industrial and hospital-based occupational health setting. She is currently working in a large healthcare system as Director of Operations for the Occupational Health/ Employee Health Program... Read More →
avatar for Kevin F. Smith, MD, MPH

Kevin F. Smith, MD, MPH

Dr. Kevin F. Smith has enjoyed a wide and varied career on both domestic and international levels. After completing his medical degree, Dr. Smith went on to receive a Master’s of Public Health from Yale University while completing residency in Occupational and Preventive Medicine... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 10:40am - 11:25am EST