422. Course on Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Testing and New Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Course for Health Professionals
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Innovations in Medical Education
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room: Poster Hall
  • Williams IDSA poster final.pdf (758.7 kB)
  • Background: An online course, “Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)” was jointly developed by The Joint Commission (TJC) and CDC, to educate health professionals about appropriate use of rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs). SIRAS was launched in Oct., 2012. In 2013, the course was updated and reorganized from a single contiguous course to four 30-minute modules. Additionally, specimen collection videos were offered on the website and on YouTube for easy access. To promote awareness and use of SIRAS, a social media campaign was launched in Oct., 2013. User feedback communicated the need for a new pandemic preparedness course for health professionals which was developed and launched in 2015. Methods: The SIRAS course was reorganized and offered in 4 separate modules with 0.5 CEs each. Training gaps were solicited and identified by the participants as part of their continuing education evaluation. Results: The number of participants accessing the SIRAS course, visiting the SIRAS website, and viewing the specimen collection videos doubled during the 2nd year (2930 vs. 1423; 12,244 vs. 6076; and 37,052 vs. 17,445, respectively). The number of course enrollees and the number of CEs issued tripled (3794 vs. 947; and 1837 vs. 490, respectively). During this timeframe, the course completion rate increased from 34% - 64%. Of those who completed the course, the overall satisfaction rate was 93%, with 21% planning to use course content to improve RIDT practices. Course participants identified the need for training in pandemic preparedness. Based upon this feedback, CDC and TJC produced and launched an additional course in 2015, “Influenza Pandemic Preparedness in Ambulatory Settings.” The 2-part course provides instruction on: 1) Pandemic planning, the response phase, and the recovery phase, and 2) Laboratory testing/diagnosis and patient management/treatment. Conclusion: The SIRAS course is well-received and increasingly used by clinicians. CDC and TJC now offer a new comprehensive pandemic preparedness course for clinicians that includes instructions on appropriate diagnostic and laboratory procedures.
    Laurina Williams, PhD, MPH1, Salome Chitavi, PhD2, Nancy Kupka, PhD, RN3, Linda Kuseck, MPH, RN4 and Beth Ann Longo, RN, MSN2, (1)Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, (2)The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, (3)Walgreen, Co., Deerfield, IL, (4)The Joint Commission, Chicago, IL


    L. Williams, None

    S. Chitavi, None

    N. Kupka, None

    L. Kuseck, None

    B. A. Longo, None

    Findings in the abstracts are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. PDT, Wednesday Oct. 7th with the exception of research findings presented at the IDWeek press conferences.