2020 EPN COVID-19 Webinar Series 


Webinar #1 Recording: PPE for Home-Based Care: It's NOT Easy 
Webinar Slides: PPE for Home-Based Care Slide Deck

Summary:  Dr. Amy Schiffman discussed the role of PPE, addressing challenges unique to home-based care, success stories, and our pathways forward. There are so many questions without clear answers and best practices aren't always clearly defined for our industry. The complexities of acquiring and utilizing personal protective equipment in the COVID pandemic have challenged health care organizations and agencies that serve home-based clients. There is a real imperative to protect staff, patients, and clients.

 

Webinar #2 Recording: COVID-19 Misinformation - What you don't know CAN hurt you
Summary:  Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick from Dr. Lisa on the Street and Ama Adepa Gryn, an experienced home care CNA, discussed community misinformation about COVID-19 and how what you don't know it CAN hurt or even kill you.  Home health aides, CNAs, nurses, therapists, and administrators joined the Webinar for this important discussion. 


Webinar #3 Recording: Understanding N95 & Other Respirator Fit Testing for Home Care

Video 1-Demo Weak Solution Only - Dr. Roy McKay

Video 2-Demo Fit Test Strong Solution - Dr. Roy McKay


Summary: During the presentation Dr. Roy McKay explained the different types of N95 and other respirator fit testing available for use with home care. Because not all facepieces used in home care are fit-tested, a brief description of face masks and respirators was presented. Questions answered during the presentation included: Why conduct a fit test? What types of fit tests are available? What does a fit test look like? How long does it take? And where can I get a fit test done? 


Webinar #4 Recording: COVID-19 & Chronic Conditions at Home: Looking Through Two Lenses

Summary:  Dr. Mitchell provided an overview of COVID-19 and the public health response in Maryland, and discussed how home health care providers can best serve their patients in these challenging circumstances.

As COVID-19 continues to circulate, home health care providers face two challenges.  First, they must keep themselves and their patients safe from COVID-19.  Second, and equally challenging, they must evaluate clinically the ways in which COVID-19 could complicate the care of their patients if they become infected.  Even mild infections carry significant risks for people with comorbid conditions, and home health care providers must evaluate both risks and appropriate responses on a daily basis.  


Webinar #5 Recording: Dementia Symptom Assessment and Management during Lockdown

Webinar Slide Presentation: Dementia Management Under Lockdown

Summary: This session described strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID-19 era.  Information provided included innovative ideas to enhance communication, conduct visits while maintaining physical distance, and maintain physical function during lockdown.

Objectives:

At the end of this session, the participants were able to:

1.  Describe strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID-19 era.

2.  Discuss innovative interventions to enhance communication, safely conduct in person visits, and maintain physical function during home restrictions.


Webinar #6 Recording: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management  

Webinar Slide Presentation: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management

Summary: In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective skin and wound care is more important than ever before. In this presentation, Dr. Madhuri Reddy reviewed evidence-based prevention and management of pressure injuries for older adults. The session helped attendees make sure that their home health agency pressure injury care and management strategies are  informed by evidence!


Webinar Recording #6: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management  

Webinar Slide Presentation: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management

Summary: In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective skin and wound care is more important than ever before. In this presentation, Dr. Madhuri Reddy will review evidence-based prevention and management of pressure injuries for older adults. Join this session and make sure that your home health agency pressure injury care and management strategies are  informed by evidence!

Webinar #7 Recording: PPE - Show Me Your and I'll Show You Mine!

Webinar Slide Presentation: PPE - Show Me Your and I'll Show You Mine!

Summary: Celeste Wooten, a CNA with over 20 years of experience,  shared stories from the field (good, bad and ugly!) and showed just what goes on in the wacky, wonderful world of PPE! It was an interactive session, where CNAs in the audience had the opportunity to get directly involved and even show off their own PPE prowess!  Attendees learned why we need PPE, scenarios that call for the use of PPE, and how to don and doff PPE correctly.


Webinar #10 Recording: Dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19

Webinar Slide Presentation: Dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19

Video 1: COVID-19 and the Elderly, Dr. Alan Abrams

Summary: Social connectivity is a critical part of our overall health, especially for older adults living with functional impairments. COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult for both family members and caregiving professionals to meet that need for connection creating significant health risks for the older adults in our care. 

Dr. Alan Abrams, a Harvard geriatrician with more than 40 years of experience caring for older adults in the home and in facilities, discussed how to recognize and overcome the social isolation that is devastating the quality of life of so many older adults during the pandemic. 



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