Outbreak Investigation

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • List the 10 steps of outbreak investigation.
  • Recognize situations that signal potential healthcare-associated infection clusters or outbreaks.
  • Differentiate clusters and outbreaks from pseudo-outbreaks.
  • Discuss when to include environmental cultures in an investigation
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Original Authors:

Raymond Chinn, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention
Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus
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Waleed Javaid, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Aurora Pop-Vicas, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brown University
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Revising Author (2019):

Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO
Professor of Pediatrics
Oregon Health & Science University
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