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Influenza Outbreak Management in Long Term Care Facilities

Originally presented on November 8, 2013

Ernest J Clement, RN, MSN, CIC

Infection Preventionist
Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program
New York State Department of Health

The seasonal flu presents unique challenges to populations living in long-term care residences.  Measures to prevent and control flu outbreaks among vulnerable elderly populations can greatly reduce morbidity and mortality.  This webinar seeks to explain the pathogenesis of flu, illustrate evidence-based methods for preventing the spread of flu within nursing facilities, and outline the correct reporting methods during a flu outbreak.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe what the flu is and its physiological effects
  • Identify evidence-based prevention methods
  • Illustrate how a flu outbreak is reported in a long-term care residence

Target Audience:
Physicians, Nurses, Health Educators and other Public Health Staff working in Long Term Care Facilities and Hospitals