On this special coronavirus episode of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith interviews Susan Huerta, PhD, MS, RN, and Mary Beth Graham, MD, FIDSA, FACP of Froedert & Medical College of Wisconsin regarding how their organization has responded to COVID-19 from the onset of the pandemic, and how they will move into the future of this new normal in which we find ourselves.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and trained at the University of Washington in Seattle and Washington University in St. Louis in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, respectively.
Her clinical expertise includes HIV infection and associated complications, infections in immunocompromised individuals (including transplant recipients), influenza treatment and prevention, orthopaedic infections, and the prevention of transmission of hospital-associated infections. Her administrative responsibilities include serving as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Froedtert Hospital, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program Director for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Associate Chief for the Infectious Disease Division.
Susan Huerta, PhD, MS, RN is the Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety, and Performance Improvement at Froedert and Medical College of Wisconsin. She is responsible for tactics and achieving annual and strategic goals for clinical quality processes and outcomes.
Highlights of topics discussed:
- Antibody/Serology testing
- PCR swab testing (PCR)
- Swab technique
- False-negative results
- Preparation for, and response to, the virus
- What the summer of 2020 may look like in terms of COVID-19
- Post-viral fatigue syndrome
- Fecal-oral transmission
- Issues around PPE use and protection of staff and staff’s families
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