This CDC-funded cooperative agreement with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), in partnership with Nebraska Medicine, will advance the capacity of health care workers and the capability of health care facilities to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care for patients in regards to infection control and prevention (IPC). UNMC/Nebraska Medicine will draw on the experience and expertise of the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) through collaboration with NYC Health + Hospitals and Emory Healthcare, as well as the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion team, to assess the spectrum of IPC needs in small and rural healthcare facilities. The assessments are envisioned to include evaluation of basic IPC needs as well as unique capabilities needed to provide safe and effective care for patients suspected to have Ebola or other special pathogens. Utilizing the expertise of UNMC/NM and other subject matter experts, IPC needs will be assessed across small and rural healthcare facilities to develop strategies that optimize the resources available to address these needs. The team will also identify, implement, and communicate processes to relay information in a timely fashion to key stakeholders such as participating facilities, state health departments, and the CDC. By the end of this project period, the program intends to achieve the short-term goal of increased knowledge of the gaps and opportunities to optimize IPC in small and rural healthcare facilities. Intermediate goals include: increased ability of small and rural healthcare facilities to identify materials developed to address gaps, improved access to real-time IPC consultation services for small and rural healthcare facilities, as well as prototypes and pilot programs for novel approaches (IPC 2.0) to dramatically advance small and rural facility isolation care. The long-term goal is to improve IPC capabilities and training in small and rural healt
hcare facilities. Ultimately, the cooperative agreement, in collaboration with NY Bellevue and Emory, will result in improved capacity of facilities to identify, isolate, and inform public health officials of potential patients who may require high-level containment.