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MCPH OPIC Newsletter #14 - May 2024

MCPH OPIC Newsletter #14 - May 2024
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OPIC Monthly Newsletter

Issue 14                                                                                                      May 17, 2024

Greetings from Marin County Public Health (MCPH) Outbreak Prevention and Infection Control (OPIC).  MCPH OPIC team supports healthcare and congregate care facilities mitigate and manage risks and prepare for emergencies. Our monthly newsletters include news, guidance, updates, trainings and educational opportunities for all levels of staff.

Guidance Updates

All Facilities Letters (AFLs) from CDPH

AFL 23-29 - COVID-19 Treatment Resources for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) - 9/26/2023

AFL 23-12 - COVID-19 Recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Resident Placement/Movement, and Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities - 1/24/2023

View all CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN) webpage and sign up to receive alerts
View all CDPH HAN (CAHAN) alerts page and sign up to receive alerts
View all AFLs at the All Facilities Letter webpage.  
View CDSS PINs at the All COVID-19 ASC PINs by Topic webpage. 
Surveillance Updates
Pertussis Outbreak, county-wide  -  
Maintain Measles Vigilance
H5N1 - Bird Flu CDPH Update
  • No known human cases at this time.  Current surveillance of zoonotic disease by MCPH.  CDPH Bird Flu Page, YouTube video with Dr. Willis, Public Health Officer for Marin County
COVID-19 - New monoclonal antibody: FDA approval for PEMGARDATM (pemivibart) monoclonal antibody received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) of COVID-19.

Marin County Public Health Data Dashboards show information on local public health priorities.
Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) Updates

QCHF - DON/Nurse Leadership Virtual Training June 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2024; Virtual. Fee and registration required, 16 CEU provided.

Sepsis Alliance May 30, 2024:  The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics on Antimicrobial Stewardship Practices (bioMérieux Sponsored Webinar)

Sepsis Alliance June 14, 2024 Peer-to-Peer Sepsis Quality Improvement in Action (RN CE credit hours)

Sepsis Alliance July 18, 2024: Awareness and Advocacy: Trailblazing Sepsis Awareness Month at Your Organization (RN CE credit hours)

CDC - Immunization Training, B4649: Immunization:  You Call the Shots-Module Seven-MMR-2023: virtual, anytime, FREE, 1.25 CEU for nurses.

NIOSH - Address Burnout Among Health Professionals: 5/22/2024, registration required and FREE.

Monthly Infection Control CEU Webinars with Dr. Duncan.  Email to be added to our webinar.  These webinars are open to all and provide 1.0 Continuing Education (CEU) credit to nurses (LVN and RN).

*FREE* On-site PPE Training and Infection Control Training for your staff by your OPIC team!  We have bilingual educators! Book Online  or email us to schedule

Project First Line (PFL): CDC's FREE training materials to provide education for your staff. 
Required Training for IPC Nurse Certification
CDPH SNF Online Infection Prevention Course - Infection Preventionist Training for SNFs Course, online 18 hours

CDC Learning Connections:  CDC TRAIN  - Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course

IPC Career Development
Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC).  Get your Certificate of Infection Control (CIC) and become certified.  Contact APIC and begin your preparation.

APIC National Conference: San Antonio, TX.  June 3-5, 2024. Information and link to Registration here

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) - Join your professional society: Learn about membership here
Update your Respiratory Mitigation Plan for COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Respiratory Viral Infections with this resource from CDPH:  Recommendations for Prevention and Control of COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Respiratory Viral Infections in California Skilled Nursing Facilities – 2023-24

May is Mental Health Month

CIDRAP - Study: TB-COVID co-infections increasingly common, tied to worse outcomes, data shows

APIC's Infection Prevention & You website or check out the Patient Hand Hygiene toolkit

NHSN’s Survival Guide for Mandatory National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting for Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Next MCPH Monthly meeting is:
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 from 2:00pm - 2:30pm
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