SHEA to Host Inaugural Outbreak Prevention and Response Week

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) next week is hosting the first Outbreak Prevention and Response Week, which aims to raise awareness and provide resources to healthcare professionals, patients, and family to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

During the week of September 17-21, SHEA and its partners will lead activities and provide tips and information on the following topics:

  • Preventing healthcare-associated infections
  • The benefits of antibiotic stewardship and the risks of multidrug-resistant organisms
  • How partnerships among hospitals and public health officials protect the community
  • The need for hospitals to both prevent and prepare for outbreaks
  • The need for sustainable funding for research and ongoing preparedness and coordination

The week’s activities include a discussion held via Facebook Live on Tuesday, September 18 at 12 p.m. Eastern hosted by Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH, and Jason Newland, MD, MEd from Washington Medical School about antibiotic resistance prevention and containment.

On Thursday, September 20 at 12 p.m. Eastern, SHEA and its partners will host a webinar on the various roles, responsibilities, and resources in a disease outbreak. Additional details and webinar registration are available here.