243714 Bioterrorism Just-in-Time Training (JITT) materials for Point of Dispensing (POD) prophylaxis deployment: Lessons learned from H1N1 vaccination PODs

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:30 PM

Adrienne Kung, MPH , Public Health Department, City of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA
Matthew Feaster, MPH , Pasadena Public Health Department, City of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA
During the 2009-2010 global response to the H1N1 Influenza pandemic, deployment of Mass Prophylaxis POD sites allowed Local Health Departments to test capabilities and plans sculpted for such occasions. The lessons learned by the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) were executed and tested the following year during the seasonal influenza clinics and subsequently the dispensing of Pertussis booster and H1N1 vaccines. The PPHD evaluated data and determined lessons learned during the H1N1 pandemic to implement corrective action related to training and improve the mass prophylaxis process. This corrective action yielded positive results, as indicated by assessing the knowledge of POD staff who received the pre-operative JITT. This refined training addressed issues that had arisen during the previous year and therefore emphasized the Incident Command System (ICS) and Chain of Command, expectations for communication, clearly identified job responsibilities, and thoroughly examining client medical history via incident-specific screening algorithms and other supportive materials, including a Frequently Asked Questions sheet. Furthermore, the POD distributed vaccines of four differing formulations, requiring the training tools to be fully supportive of the prophylaxis process.

To maximize lessons learned, the changes were adapted to the existing antibiotic prophylaxis POD training tools. These materials also include screening algorithms, dosing matrices, and key ICS principles. Ultimately, the training tools are aimed to reduce the complications that are inherent to use of multiple types and doses of antibiotics when responding to a biological attack.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Describe and demonstrate the Local Health Department's newly developed training tools that were utilized to improve emergency response Just-in-time-training (JITT), as a result from 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic lessons learned. Evaluate the effectiveness of these JITT materials when exercised during Pertussis booster and H1N1 vaccination clinics.

Keywords: Bioterrorism, Emergency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to offer my resources at APHA, as I have devotedly responded to the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and compiled and exercised the lessons learned to generate improved practices for the Local Health Department. I have been actively involved in emergency preparedness for the Health Department and am engaged in emergency planning according to local, state and federal guidelines.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.