Thursday, March 18, 2010: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Hanover E (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 3.50
Summary: This workshop is intended to provide participants with a comprehensive review of current issues in occupational health related to prevention and control of infectious diseases. Teaching methods will include lectures and case presentations with ample opportunity for asking questions. Key areas to be covered include: 1) preexposure prophylaxis with vaccines (including indications, contra-indications, and how to assure compliance, 2) screening for TB including diagnosis of both latent and active TB, and management of the employee with latent or active TB, 3) management of the HIV, HBV, or HCV infected healthcare worker, 4) improving coverage of influenza vaccinations, 6) and post-exposure management of employees (including measles, varicella, influenza, hepatitis B, HIV, meningococcus, and pertussis). The focus of the symposium will be on emerging issues such as use of latent TB with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-release assays versus purified protein derivative (PPD), pros and cons of mandatory influenza vaccine, and management of the infected/colonized healthcare worker.Learning Objectives:
- Evaluate the key services provided by occupational health: pre-exposure prophylaxis including vaccination, post-exposure evaluations, and management of the colonized or infected healthcare worker.
- Evaluate the regulatory environment impacting occupational health: CDC recommendations, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations (tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens), Workers’ Compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Family Medical Leave (FMLA). Review the recommendations/regulations for tuberculosis screening, diagnosis, and treatment for healthcare personnel (HCP).
- Apply knowledge of the current CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommendations for immunization of healthcare workers (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, pertussis, and special use vaccines): indications, contra-indications, and monitoring. Understand the importance of influenza vaccination and strategies to increase coverage.
- Act on the recommendations for managing the colonized or infected healthcare worker: hepatitis B virus
- (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), viral respiratory tract illness, and parvovirus B19.
- Apply knowledge of the diseases for which post-exposure prophylaxis is available with a focus on HIV. The session also will cover HBV, varicella zoster virus (VZV), pertussis, and meningococcal infection.