Administering vaccinations correctly is a vital part of the health care professionals role. This WebEx will focus on how to give injections safely, while focusing on the process of vaccine administration, safe handling and storage.
All healthcare providers and settings that administer vaccines, physicians, nurses, pharmacists; any medical staff in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, pharmacies.
Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:
- Relate the principles of injection safety
- Describe the process to prepare vaccines for administration
- Identify safe handling and storage of vaccines to maximize effectiveness
Peg Gilbert, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC is the owner of Quality IC, LLC. The focus of her business is to improve infection prevention practices in healthcare facilities using proven quality improvement strategies. She is Certified in Infection Control and was in the first group named as an APIC Fellow. Currently Peg is managing a grant from the CDC awarded to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on improving injection safety practices. Other relevant projects include Infection Control assessments in both long term and ambulatory care settings and as a consultant for the QIN-QIO and the Hospital Innovation Improvement Network. Peg has also spent the last several years assisting facilities with accurate reporting to the National Healthcare Safety Network database. This included enrolling facilities, teaching surveillance definitions and analysis of data.
Dr. Maureen Tierney, MD, MSc., is the Director of the Healthcare Associated Infections Program in the Epidemiology and Informatics Unit of the Nebraska Division of Public Health. Dr. Tierney is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska School of Medicine and is a voluntary faculty member at the Creighton University School of Medicine.
Dr. Tierney was born in New York City and attended Fordham University. She received her medical degree from Cornell Medical College and her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease (ID) at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital, respectively. She joined the staff in ID at MGH and eventually became Assistant Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases as well as Fellowship Director before leaving to become the Chief of ID at the West Roxbury VAMC in Boston and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tierney also received a degree in health services administration/health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and later became a senior medical reviewer for the FDA from 2002-2008. From 2008 to 2013 she focused her efforts on Autism and Asperger advocacy before joining the Nebraska DPH in 2013. She has published articles on HIV therapy, eye and ear infections and the efficacy of certain antibiotics and antifungal therapy. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Society of Hospital Epidemiology and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.