Second wave preparedness: Infection preventionists and pharmacy leaders discuss patient safety and COVID-19

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT

The first wave of COVID-19, and the significant challenges it raised for hospitals, underscored the highly critical role that pharmacists, infection preventionists, and antimicrobial stewardship teams play in keeping patients, staff, and visitors safe.

During this panel discussion, infection prevention and pharmacy leaders from hospitals across the country will share some of the biggest challenges they encountered during the first wave of COVID-19, how they used clinical surveillance to enhance patient care, and the lessons they learned. They will also share how their organizations are preparing for a second wave of COVID-19, and the initiatives they are implementing now to ensure safer care.

During this live panel discussion, pharmacists and infection preventionists will describe: 

  • The challenges they faced during the first wave of COVID-19 and how they addressed them
  • The role that clinical surveillance played in enhancing patient care
  • How they are preparing for a potential second wave of COVID-19
  • Their top recommendations for other pharmacists and infection preventionists


Joanna Mills - McKenna Shier

Joanna Mills, RN, MSN, CNS, CIC

Director of Infection Prevention at John Muir Health

Jessica Liberty

Jessica Liberty, BSN, RN

Manager Infection Prevention & Control at Freeman Health System

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Joshua Courter, PharmD

Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Michael Sanchez, PharmD, BCCCP

Pharmacy Residency Coordinator at Health First