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Anatomy and Physiology of an Outbreak Team. Goals . The goals of this presentation are to discuss: Management strategies during an outbreak investigation Team member roles Necessary equipment Lines of communication. In the Beginning….

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  • The goals of this presentation are to discuss:
    • Management strategies during an outbreak investigation
    • Team member roles
    • Necessary equipment
    • Lines of communication
in the beginning
In the Beginning…
  • Successful investigations require a multidisciplinary approach, effective communication and collaboration
  • Steps:
    • Assemble team members
    • Present available information
    • Outline plan for investigation and team communication
    • Assign roles and responsibilities
questions to consider
Questions to Consider
  • What resources, including personnel, are available?
  • What resources could be provided by outside collaborators?
  • Who will direct the day-to-day investigation?
more questions to consider
More Questions to Consider
  • Who will interact with the media?
  • How will data be shared and analyzed?
  • Who will write the final report and present the information?
  • How will the team communicate with each other?
team member roles
Team Member Roles
  • Team Leader
    • Experience in outbreak investigation and epidemiology
    • Selection can be result of outbreak setting or etiologic agent
    • Role can be filled by:
      • County health director,
      • Public health nurse,
      • Epidemiologist, or
      • Environmental health specialist
    • Role may change depending on stage of investigation
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Team Member Roles
  • Epidemiologist
    • Develop study design and survey questionnaires
    • Create database and conduct data analysis
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Team Member Roles
  • Microbiologist
    • Verify the diagnosis
    • Subtype pathogens to help refine case definition
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Team Member Roles
  • Environmental health specialists (EHS)
    • Collect food and environmental samples
    • Provide guidance on food safety regulations and engineering
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Team Member Roles
  • Interviewers
    • Collect data in person or by telephone
    • Role can be filled by health department personnel, state or federal personnel, or health science students
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Team Member Roles
  • Clinicians
    • Administer vaccines or prophylaxis
    • Collect clinical specimens
    • Role can be filled by health department or local medical community
    • May include veterinarians, depending on type of outbreak
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Team Member Roles
  • Regulators
    • Facilitate identification of the source of outbreak and develop prevention strategies
    • Role can be filled by state or federal agency employees
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Team Member Roles
  • Media Spokesperson
    • Deliver clear and consistent messages to community
    • Role can be filled by one outbreak team member or representatives from each agency
team equipment
Team Equipment
  • Computer with access to internet
    • Email communication
    • Literature searches (PUBMED)
    • Data entry and analysis (Epi-Info 2002
    • Written reports
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Team Equipment
  • Specimen collection tools
    • Rectal swabs or specimen cups
    • Phlebotomy equipment
    • Cooler to transport specimens
  • Information flows in both directions
    • Leader should update the team during meetings, conference calls, or email
    • Members provide regular updates to team leader
      • Acts as tool for measuring progress
      • Enables leader to provide feedback and direction to team members
  • Keep lines of communication open through regular meetings or phone
    • Include local, state, and federal public health agencies
  • Document progress
    • Allows all members to remain up-to-date
    • Assists in drafting final report
  • Working as a team requires:
    • A wide range of expertise
    • Clear communication
    • A rapid but careful and systematic approach in dealing with outbreaks
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