ECRI Webinar Addresses Ebola Preparedness for Medical Devices and Personal Protective Equipment

The Ebola crisis sent shockwaves throughout the public and within healthcare facilities. With the potential for an Ebola outbreak in the United States still a possibility, preparedness is crucial. Good planning for a potential Ebola outbreak can apply to future concerns with other high-risk infectious diseases.

With so much for hospitals to manage related to Ebola preparedness, efforts to keep track of the details of medical technology and other devices may get lost in the shuffle. Hospitals are left wondering if their equipment management processes, specifically for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), fully prepare them for treating patients with Ebola and protecting the workforce.

To educate healthcare facilities about managing their medical technology and PPE related to Ebola, ECRI Institute is presenting an educational web conference, “Ebola: Medical Device and Personal Protective Equipment Preparedness,” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.

The objectives of this webinar are to help participants:
- Realize what technology management hurdles a hospital faces when treating Ebola
- Recognize the unique medical device concerns involved with Ebola preparedness
- Experience the technology-related lessons learned from simulation-based Ebola preparedness training
- Learn about the findings from ECRI Institute’s survey on equipment readiness for Ebola

Speakers: include:
Chris Lavanchy, engineering director dor health devices at ECRI Institute
Randy Peacock, director of biomedical engineering at Nebraska Medical Center
Thomas Nowicki, MD, director of cognitive simulation and innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital

The moderator is Jeremy Suggs, ScD, engineering manager for health devices at ECRI Institute.

This webinar is intended for nursing executives, clinical and biomedical engineering professionals, infection control professionals, materials managers, risk managers, hospital administrators, and facility managers. The interactive format of ECRI Institute’s webinar will provide ample time to interact with the panel during the Q&A session and also encourages participation.

 Members of ECRI Institute’s Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, and SELECTplus™ programs will receive this webinar at no cost as part of their membership with advance registration. Non-members can register for $89.

 To learn more, or to register for this webinar, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298.

Source: ECRI Institute