TJEMS will be hosting an Advanced Designated Infection Control Officer Training Course on April 2nd from 8:30-17:00 at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad Classroom. This course is a requirement for serving as an agency's Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO) and all agencies must have a DICO to comply with OEMS regulations. The Basic Infection Control Officer Training Course is a prerequisite for this class and must have been taken more than three months prior to this course!
The class will be taught by Katherine H. West, BSN, MSEd, CIC - who "pioneered infection control in EMS in 1978 and is currently a recognized expert on Infectious Disease Management, OSHA compliance and inspections, and disease control issues" (Emerging Concepts, Inc.). The course is a "one-day seminar format course designed to build on the information taught in the Basic Designated Officer course. Attendees will problem solve...receive updates on disease, legal issues, and review multidrug resistant organisms, MRSA, VRE, C-diff, H1N1, Norovirus, MERS, Ebola, and Zika. Additional information on specific protection precautions and post-exposure care" (Emerging Concepts, Inc.) will be discussed as well. There is no cost to attend this course and course materials will be provided for all attendees. Read more at Emerging Concepts, Inc.'s website: http://www.ic-ec.com/