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Thursday, September 10 • 9:45am - 11:15am
Ebola: The Emory Healthcare Experience

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Topic Overview: This presentation will provide an insider's perspective of the Ebola experience at Emory Healthcare, the largest health system in Georgia. General background information about the Emory University Hospital Serious Communicable Disease Unit  (SCDU,) including the Ebola experience from the nurse’s perspective, will be shared, as will details of the occupational health monitoring of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) healthcare provider. The evolution of the monitoring system, including case management, will be discussed, highlighted by a live demonstration of the EVD monitoring tool. The presenters will review The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Exposure Risk Categories and will offer advice on how to most effectively manage EVD exposures and provide guidance to staff returning from travel to West Africa.


  1. Identify the mission and role of Occupational Health as it pertains to caring for a patent with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
  2. Discuss the Serious Communicable Disease Unit (SCDU), standard operating procedure (SOP) and BBP OSHA standard.
    Review CDC Exposure Risk Categories and managing exposures to EVD.
  3. Explain follow up to staff returning from West African travel. 

avatar for Emily M. Beck, MS, MSN, APRN-BC

Emily M. Beck, MS, MSN, APRN-BC

Emily Beck is the Clinical Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Occupational Injury Management (OIM) for Emory Inc. (Emory Healthcare and Emory University.) She has a Biology degree from the University of Georgia and received her graduate training at The Johns Hopkins University... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN

Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN

Sharon Vanairsdale is the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Serious Communicable Disease Unit (SCDU) and Emergency Department at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She has more than 10 years of emergency nursing experiencing. Upon graduating with her master's degree, she became... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2015 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Grand Ballroom/Street Level

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