Gerard Georges will speak at the third annual MedEd Facilities Conference which will be held on April 26-27 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA. Georges session, entitled “Designing for Rapid Response, Ebola and Future Infectious Diseases” will be on Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa put in sharp focus the lack of a coherent strategy for addressing infectious disease outbreaks. Fear and confusion around the crisis resulted many potentially preventable deaths. It also highlighted the importance of a systematic approach for designing facilities that can quickly be constructed to support the rapid response necessary to address such outbreaks, specifically in resource-limited settings. Before contemplating possible solutions, it is critically important to assess existing clinical protocols, infrastructure and protective measures currently in place within a particular healthcare system. Likewise, it is important to understand local construction practices, available materials, regulatory requirements, procurement processes and security issues. Finally, a broad awareness of potential infectious diseases and general risk mitigation procedures should be determined.This session will discuss strategic responses to this crisis by healthcare providers, governments, and non-governmental agencies, detailing a prototype for a standardized Triage Unit that could be built with local labor and materials and implemented at multiple locations.
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