2273. Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Training for Health Professionals and Rapid Influenza Testing Course in Spanish
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Teaching the Future: Education in Infectious Diseases
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Room: Poster Hall
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  • Background: In response participants’ feedback from earlier course offerings regarding training needs, The Joint Commission and the CDC, in collaboration with a team of experts: 1) developed the “Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response” online course for health professionals; and 2) translated the influenza rapid testing (RIDT) course, “Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Testing” (SIRAS), into Spanish to broaden the outreach. Both courses are free and offer CEs. Methods: The pandemic course initially launched in April 2015 and was updated in Oct. 2015. The RIDT course was initially offered in 2012 and translated into Spanish for the first time in 2016. Specimen collection videos and other e-resources are offered with both courses. Course evaluation includes the participant's intent to change clinical practice; 6-month post-course evaluation describes practice changes. Results: There were 3,000 visitors to the pandemic course webpage and a total of 1,324 course enrollments since it was initially launched in April 2015 through March 2016. There were 716 enrollments between October 2015 and March 2016 representing sharp increase coinciding with the flu season. There were 26,149 unique visitors to the SIRAS webpage and 6,914 enrollments in the SIRAS course between Oct., 2012 and March, 2016. The overall satisfaction rate was 99% for SIRAS and 87% for pandemic preparedness. Through March 2016, there have been 149,151 views of the specimen collection videos, and 12,969 views of The Joint Commission’s “AmBuzz” blog posts related to the influenza courses; these resources are increasingly popular. Of the SIRAS course participants, 25% (n=390) of those responding to course evaluation reported their intent to change clinical practices post-course; 97% of all participants reported a better understanding of RIDT. Of pandemic course participants, 61% (n=346) reported intent to change practices; the most commonly reported change was intent to change infection prevention and control practices. Conclusion: Health care professionals have welcomed the ongoing opportunity for continued education in influenza testing and preparedness. Course participants recognized the need to change clinical practices to improve influenza rapid testing and pandemic planning efforts.
    Laurina Williams, PhD, MPH, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, Salome Chitavi, PhD, Health Services Research, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL and Beth Ann Longo, RN, MSN, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL


    L. Williams, None

    S. Chitavi, None

    B. A. Longo, None

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