Preparing the Frontlines: Delivering Special Pathogen Training to Maryland Hospital Staff.

Preparing the Frontlines: Delivering Special Pathogen Training to Maryland Hospital Staff.

Publication date: Jan 19, 2024

Healthcare workers (HCWs) at community hospitals, also known as frontline hospitals (FLHs), may encounter patients with possible infectious diseases, including those caused by high-consequence pathogens such as Zaire ebolavirus. We created and piloted a 1-day, in-person, didactic and skills training program to determine the feasibility and acceptability of implementing an educational program to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to respond when a patient with a potential HCP presents to an FLH. The Maryland Department of Health queried all 104 state FLHs to identify their interest in participating in the pilot training program. HCWs from 12 (75%) of the 16 interested FLHs participated in the program before it was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to pathogen-specific training based on the Identify, Isolate, and Inform framework, we provided skills training in the proper use of personal protective equipment, spill cleanup, and removal of an incapacitated HCW from an isolation area. We conducted a paired pretraining and posttraining knowledge assessment and measured a significant learning gain among 135 participants (2-tailed t test, P

Concepts Keywords
Ebolavirus Frontline hospital
Hospital Hospital preparedness/response
Pilot Infectious diseases
Posttraining Personal protective equipment
Spill Special pathogens

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease IDO pathogen
drug DRUGBANK Etoperidone
disease MESH FLHs
disease MESH infectious diseases
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic

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