Respiratory Viruses in Healthcare: Nothing to Sneeze At

Meet the Speakers:

Sara Podczervinski, RN, MPH, CIC
Program Manager Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)
Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Division of Disease Control & Health Statistics
Washington State Department of Health

IP Competency:  Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes     


This presentation will provide the audience with background information on the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of respiratory viruses (RV) in adults and children.  The significance of transmission within hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient environments will be reviewed along with the impact that RV have in vulnerable patient populations.  Prevention strategies will be dissected to reveal the challenges and benefits of RV prevention in healthcare.  Possible solutions for creating a culture of RV prevention awareness among healthcare staff and patients will be outlined for the audience.  This presentation is designed for infection preventionists; nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; staff in long-term care, ambulatory care, and public health; infectious disease specialists.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an awareness of the seasonal trends of several respiratory viruses

  • Describe the significance of a robust staff sick policy in RV prevention

  • List two prevention strategies that are critical to fostering a culture of RV prevention in a healthcare setting

  • Describe the difference in RV prevention strategies in an inpatient versus outpatient environment.

BD is pleased to support the 2014-2015 APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Program and the outstanding and essential work of the Heroes honorees in the field of infection prevention.


Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

Please note CE is not available for this program.


Recorded 03/19/2015
Recorded 03/19/2015
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