What is Whooping Cough & How Can I Keep It Out of My Building?
Steve Maling

Darrel Hicks
Infection Control For Dummies

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    • Darrel Hicks is the author of Infection Control For Dummies and is nationally recognized as one of the top experts in infection control. He started his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981. He has worked in hospitals ranging in size from 20-500 beds, and knows what it takes to plan, set goals and provide guidance and consultation to the management team and department(s) staff. He has managed as many as 13 departments and 170 employees at one time in a three-hospital system. In that healthcare system Darrel had to pioneer and discover ways to save money by cross training staff, job sharing, controlling overtime and putting a system of controls in place.

      He is also the immediate Past President of the IEHA (International Executive Housekeepers Association) and holds the title of Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH) through this organization of over 3,500 members.

      Darrel is an active member in ASHES (American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services) and holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional).

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Wendy Dietzler
Director of Education
Trade Press Media Group

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) are expected to surge to their highest levels since 1959. There have been 18,000 cases reported nationwide in 2012 – that's more than twice as many at this point last year – with 37 states reporting an overall increase in pertussis cases compared with 2011 rates.

It's a troubling statistic, especially given the fact that many among those contracting the virus had been vaccinated against it. As a result, national, state and local health departments across the country are doubling down on efforts to combat the spread of this highly contagious virus that causes lingering, debilitating symptoms and can lead to death in more vulnerable populations.

When you attend the webcast "What is Whooping Cough and How Can I Keep It Out of My Building?" You will learn how to:
  • Prepare your organization for a potential whooping cough outbreak
  • Develop a business continuity plan to address a potential epidemic and subsequent productivity decline
  • Implement proactive steps you can take to protect your facility and its occupants

Presented by Darrel Hicks, author of Infection Prevention for Dummies, the webcast will also discuss the vital role of hygiene and continuity planning in reducing the impact of a potential whooping cough epidemic.

You will also learn about:
  • Details on the transmission of pertussis, and reducing occupant exposure
  • Cleaning and maintenance protocols before, during and after an outbreak
  • Key components of an effective response plan
  • The importance of local, state and federal health agencies in combating outbreaks
Wednesday, September 12 | 11 A.M. ET
Cost: only $99

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