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On-demand webinar: Integrating infection control into the patient treatment process

Best practices for infection control before, during and after assessment, treatment and transport of 3 common EMS patient scenarios


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Webinar sponsored by Medline

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Infection control practices, such as donning appropriate PPE and properly disposing of sharps, is part of every patient contact, but given the range and severity of pathogens that EMTs and paramedics are routinely exposed to it is worth your time to assess and understand the risks, review standard precautions and make sure you are up-to-date with current infection control practices.

In this panel discussion, experts will discuss patient cases that EMS professionals are likely to encounter that require thoughtful and intentional infection control efforts.

What you’ll learn:

  • Assessment and treatment considerations for common response types, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; Fever and sepsis, and treatment of asthma.
  • Infection control best practices for each response type.
  • General infection control protocols that should be followed across all response types, including PPE, hand sanitation and environmental controls.


Nikki Cracknell - Medline Medical Affairs – Sr. Manager Clinical Development

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Nikki Cracknell, MS,RN is a Sr. Manager, Clinical Development and a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in Medical Affairs at Medline Industries, Inc. She manages the MSL team within Medical Affairs and is a member of the team that functions as a bridge between Medline and healthcare providers.

Nikki is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Physiology. Her career expands over 20 years working in the healthcare space within the clinical setting, as well as in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, with over 8 years of experience as an MSL and Clinical Educator involving acute and post-acute care and community outreach. She has extensive experience within healthcare-acquired infection prevention, emergency medicine, post-operative pain management, vascular access and physical therapy. Knowledge within these areas further involves clinical research, infectious disease treatment and medical nutritionals; amongst others.

Nikki is a member of SHEA (Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America), APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology), AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) and AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) and has a Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Caryn Humphrey Arnold MBA, RN, CNOR-Medical Science Liaison

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Caryn is a Medical Science Liaison and works directly with customers and internal stakeholders as a subject matter expert, scientific resource and collaborator. She is a resource for clinical data and clinical implementations and serves to support customer strategic initiatives.

Caryn is a long-term member of AORN, has served on committees and specialty groups, has collaborated, and authored several articles on improvements in healthcare in nursing and healthcare executive journals. She has been instrumental in developing and authoring continuing education offerings.

Prior to joining Medline, Caryn worked in multiple roles in industry to advance healthcare innovations and responsible and sustainable initiatives including clinical implementation, product management and field clinical director. She chaired a surgical technology program and practiced in multiple nursing care and procedural areas: her first love, surgical nursing, Intensive Care, the cardiac catheterization lab, the endoscopy lab and medical-surgical nursing.

Brittany Prater, Lead EMS Faculty

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Brittany Prater serves as lead EMS faculty at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a focus in instructional design from Athens State University, where she is currently completing graduate coursework to obtain her master’s degree in career technical education leadership. Brittany is the lead instructor of many courses at both the paramedic and EMT level, including paramedic patient assessment and medical emergencies. Prior to her role as EMS faculty, Brittany worked in simulation as the EMS lab coordinator and established the standardized patient program at Calhoun Community College, serving both allied health and nursing programs. Brittany has experience working as both a ground paramedic and in the emergency department in rural Alabama.


Greg Friese, MS, NRP, EMS1 Editorial Director


Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the EMS1 editor-in-chief for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, national registry paramedic since 2005, and a long-distance runner. Greg was a 2010 recipient of the EMS 10 Award for innovation. He is also a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and the 2018 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog.

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