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Wed 7/15/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Billing and Coding MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Billing and Coding
Wed 7/15/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

The purpose of this webinar is to describe the process of coding for PrEP in WV and PA, discuss the implementation of billing for PrEP, and compare the different options for paying for PrEP.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Mon 7/20/2020 11:00AM - 12:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Virtual HIV in West Virginia: Tackle the Epidemic, Not the Opioids MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Virtual HIV in West Virginia: Tackle the Epidemic, Not the Opioids
Mon 7/20/2020 11:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This webinar will focus on the question of why there is a raging epidemic of addiction. The current opioid epidemic is a symptom of the fraying of the socio-economic fabric of rural United States. We will also look at the reasons why funding should be targeted to substance misuse, not to the drug of the moment.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Tue 7/21/2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Special Populations in Ending the HIV Epidemic: Routine HIV Testing in Adolescents MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Special Populations in Ending the HIV Epidemic: Routine HIV Testing in Adolescents
Tue 7/21/2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM
** Online/Virtual Event **

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe current guidelines and epidemiology for HIV testing among adolescents, identify key steps in educating health professionals on routine HIV testing for adolescents, and discuss lessons learned and how to implement these lessons learned across EHE regions.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Thu 7/23/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Telehealth and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) during COVID-19 MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Telehealth and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) during COVID-19
Thu 7/23/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This session will describe PrEP and the importance of adherence during the COVID-19 pandemic, barriers to PrEP that have been brought on by COVID-19, strategies to overcome barriers and promote adherence, and how telehealth can be used to promote PrEP.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Thu 7/30/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Roadmap for COVID-19 Vaccine Development MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Roadmap for COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Thu 7/30/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This webinar will describe the process of vaccine development during COVID-19 and discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with vaccine development.


** Online/Virtual Event **

Recent Events

IDM Master's Defense

Vatsala Rangachar Srinivasa - MPH MIC '18: Clostridium difficile infection spread within...

Monday 4/9 7:30AM - 8:30PM

Clostridium difficile infection spread within the hospital environment

Background: Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) is one of the leading causes of hospital-associated infections (HAIs) accounting for nearly half a million infections in the United States (2015). It was associated with approximately 29,000 deaths nationwide in 2011. This study focusses on the role of environment in the spread of CDI within the hospital environment in a non-outbreak setting.

Method: The study was conducted at a 495- bed academic University-affiliated single center. The first step includes the performance of bed tracing on all positive CDI admitted patients in the year 2016. The second step included the collection of environmental cultures of the immediate patient surrounding shared devices and floors to identify lapses in environmental cleaning. Aerobic environmental culture was performed for CDI followed by Gram stain and anaerobic confirmatory culture. Both biochemical and molecular testing was used to confirm Clostridium difficile (CD) presence. 

Results: Bed tracing was performed for 115 hospital-associated (HA)- and 96 community-associated (CA)- CDI patients. Initial analysis between HA-CDI and CA-CDI revealed that the length of stay was significantly longer in HAIs. However, readmission and recurrence were significantly higher in CAIs. Bed-tracing showed a limited list of high burden rooms. Environmental Cultures revealed only 2 out of 81 rooms, 19 out of 28 floors & 3 out of 20 wheelchairs as positive for CD spores. None of these patients’ rooms had active CDI patients. 

Conclusion: Bed tracing is an important public health tool for recognizing rooms with high density of CDI. This is particularly important in outbreak settings or any increase in incidence. Environmental cultures for CD is the next logic step following bed-tracing results. Shared devices (such as wheel chairs) and floors of patients’ rooms could serve as a reservoir for CD spores. Routine monitoring of adequacy of disinfection of shared devices and floors is an important step to assure safe patient environment.

Advisor: Lawrence Kingsley

Last Updated On Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Abby Kincaid
Created On Thursday, April 5, 2018

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