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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

Emily Schmitz - MPH MIC '18: Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO): Cost-effective analysis of...

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

Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO): Cost-effective analysis of horizontal vs. vertical surveillance

Introduction: Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) are still a serious public health problem in healthcare facilities and are a major cause for morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. There is currently no consensus for the most effective surveillance approach for MDRO management. The objective of this study is to compare focused enhanced surveillance for populations at high-risk for MDRO colonization to the current vertically oriented (organism focused) surveillance strategy. A cost-effective analysis will be performed to determine which approach is more economical.

Methods: Electronic medical record surveillance was performed to randomly identify 100 high-risk patients. Nursing staff in the UPMC-Mercy ICUs and infection control department gathered samples from patients for the following MDRO: Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin resistant Enterococci (VRE), Carbapenem resistant enterobactericiae (CRE) and extended spectrum Beta lactamase producing organisms (ESBL). Specimens were analyzed, and the results were recorded. Chart abstraction collected patient characteristics, severity index and comorbidity index. Stata SE 15.1 was used for data analysis to compare the current surveillance method to the horizontal approach. TreeAge software was used to conduct a cost-effective analysis to compare the two approaches. 

Results: From Oct 1st, 2017 through Nov. 30th, 2017 there were total of 155 eligible patients identified through EMR surveillance. We screened 74 patients who met our clinical criteria and 26 patients who met our 7-day length of stay criterion. There were 52% men in our cohort, with an average age of 60.1 years. The mean severity index was 38.8 and the mean comorbidity index was 4.4.  There was evidence of MDRO (CRE, ESBL, VRE & MRSA) in 30% of patients with high-risk clinical criteria and 27% in 7-day LOS patients, as compared to 10% MRSA captured using the current screening strategy. Horizontal surveillance was found to be the cost-effective approach.

Discussion: Clinical-based horizontal surveillance is a more effective way of identifying MDRO colonization and infection. The next step in our research is to include a larger patient sample to verify these data results.

Advisor: Lawrence Kingsley

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

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