CHA News Article

H1N1 Session Expanded for Disaster Conference
Expanded panel presentation will be led by Gilberto Chavez, M.D., state epidemiologist and chief of the Center for Infectious Disease, CDPH

An update on the H1N1 influenza virus will be presented at CHA’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference Sept. 14-16 in Sacramento. An expanded panel presentation led by Gilberto Chavez, M.D., state epidemiologist and chief of the Center for Infectious Disease, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), will be held Sept. 15.

Chavez will open with an update on the outbreak, the state’s vaccine and anti-viral programs, and framework for the state’s response. A brief overview of the science of influenza and CDPH’s guidance will be given by Kathleen Harriman, Ph.D., chief of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology Section, Immunization Branch, CDPH. Deborah Gold, senior safety engineer, Research and Standards Health Unit, Cal/OSHA, will address the new Airborne Transmissible Disease Standard as it applies to H1N1 and protections for hospital staff.

Kathleen Billingsley, R.N., deputy director, Center for Health Care Quality, CDPH, will address surge issues and the expectations of
Licensing and Certification. In addition, the “trauma surge” presentation has been expanded to address pediatric surge planning. Kathleen Stevenson, manager, Disaster Resource Center, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, will present a new “ultra fast-track triage” process and other practical approaches to managing a pediatric surge of influenza patients.

More than 700 people have already registered for the conference, which is the largest statewide gathering of California hospital emergency preparedness coordinators. The conference is a collaborative effort of CHA and co-sponsors CDPH, California Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Medical Services Authority.

For an agenda and to register online, please visit Disaster Planning  under Education. Pre-registration is required.