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OPTIONS X - Pre-conference Workshop

High-Level Isolation and Outbreak Management Course

27 August  1pm-5pm  Centre for Healthcare Innovation,
                                      L8-006, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

COST :  SGD $195

OBJECTIVES

  • Equip participants with the necessary knowledge and considerations needed for outbreak management at both the system and individual level.
  • Allow participants to understand the principles of patient management in high level isolation.
  • Provide hands-on and in-person experience with personal protective equipment and the high level isolation unit (HLIU) environment.

Communicable disease outbreaks are often unpredictable but first line providers are expected to maintain readiness. This was exemplified during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Increased travel and global interconnectivity increases the risk of the spread of pathogens like viral hemorrhagic fevers and respiratory pathogens such as MERS-CoV, SARS, and avian influenza. Outbreak preparedness is multi-disciplinary and a continuum involving administration, facility design and management, well thought-out workflow and processes, communications, emergency preparedness, and the need to drill down to both individual level and team dynamics. Specifically, healthcare workers may be unfamiliar with caring for patients and working with other colleagues while in enhanced protective equipment and need to receive both specific and regular training in these areas. This course will provide an introduction to the skills required to respond to such infectious pathogens in the healthcare setting.

  • CME/SNB points will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop (Applies to Singapore – registered physicians and nurses only)
          Course Outline
 1.00pm
 Introduction to NCID 
 Prof. Leo Yee Sin
 Executive Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
 
 1.10pm
Introduction to High-Level Containment and the NCID High Level Isolation Unit
 Dr Benjamin Ho 
 Senior Consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
 
 1.30pm
 Infectious Diseases:Past, Present and Future
 A/P Brenda Ang
 Senior Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
 
 2.00pm
 Infectious Epidemics: Duty of Care or Medical Heroism - SARS and Beyond
 A/P Dessmon Tai
 Senior Consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
 
 2.30pm

 Refreshment break

3.00pm

 Tour of High-Level Isolation Unit (HLIU)
 Dr Shawn Vasoo
 Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
 
 HLIU Training Overview
 Dr Deborah Ng
 Associate Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
 
 Personal Protective Equipment (hands-on experience)
 Jeff Thayala
 Senior Nurse Clinician, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
 
 5.00pm  END