Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and COVID-19

Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and COVID-19
COVID-19 and its impact have served to identify many strengths and weaknesses in the health care system. This three-part series presented by nationally-recognized expert on emergency preparedness in home health and hospice, Barbara Citarella, will discuss the current situation as well as preparing for the real possibility of a second wave, and maybe even a third wave in addition to other large scale events. As waivers are lifted there will a significant “look back” at what agencies did during this pandemic. Agencies will be audited for their infection control policies and practices, OSHA compliance and of course, the disaster preparedness plan. The inter-relatedness of these three variables is undeniable.


Webinar #1 - Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central Time

An organization’s plan for business continuity is such a crucial component during a long term event as evidenced by the current pandemic. This session will focus on key issues on preparedness, succession planning, the supply chain, and planning for what comes next. What are the right tools to make your disaster preparedness plan a viable living successful document? Agencies must have a strong framework to continue patient care, protect staff and be able to continue their mission and philosophy.

Webinar #2 - Infection Control and Prevention

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central Time

Infection Control guidance during this pandemic has been like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. This session will focus on science based practices during a time of dramatic policy guidance changes related to COVID-19. Home care agencies must be able to execute best practices related to infection control. Every agency should have an ambitious and aggressive prevention and control plan. Health department surveyors and OSHA have been doing surveys and audits related to infection control policies, staff education, and PPE.  This session will focus on the latest information and findings.

Webinar #3 - Piece By Piece - Putting It Together

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central Time

Unquestionably, everyone is concerned about the “second wave” of a pandemic. How do we plan ahead? How about supplies? PPE?  This session will discuss the pieces necessary to be in place for future large scale events. COVID-19 is not the first new virus. We have encountered H1N1, Ebola, West Nile Virus, MERs, Zika and SARS all within a relatively short period of time. This session will discuss protocols and processes to remain vigilant and to empower your decision making in times of crisis when best practices are not an option.


Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, CHCE, NHDP-BC
National Healthcare Disaster Professional
President & CEO, RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants

Barbara Citarella is the founder of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consultants.  Barbara and her team of expert consultants have made the company a national leader in the home care, hospice and outpatient health care industry. She has been instrumental in developing national and state partnerships for the company.

With over 25 years of experience, Barbara is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership and disaster preparedness.  As the only recognized expert in the area of home care and hospice disaster planning, she provides education not only to home care and hospice industry but to law enforcement, government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations. Barbara was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s committee to rewrite the National Response Plan document and the DHS Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for people with special needs.

In addition to her Disaster Planning experience, Ms. Citarella has been instrumental in OASIS training nationwide since 1997.  She was the first to incorporate inter-rater reliability testing in the education process for the OASIS tool.  She has done research on the preliminary cost of OASIS to the home care industry and presented such findings to United States Congressional members.  RBC Limited’s clientele remain in the top 20% of the industry for quality initiatives.

She is an internationally known speaker and has presented well over 500 keynote addresses and workshops.

Registration Fee

Member: 3-Part Series - $349; Individual Webinar - $129 each
Non-Member: 3-Part Series - $449; Individual Webinar - $159 each

8/4/2020 12:00 PM - 8/18/2020 1:00 PM
Webinar Series

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