Meeting Archive:
Lessons from an Outbreak Investigation: Improving Medication Preparation, Use, and Other Infection Control Practices in Outpatient Oncology Clinics

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Compounding and infusion of intravenous medications occur in many outpatient settings. Without consistent knowledge and enforcement of proper practices, standards and regulations, patient and provider safety is at risk. This presentation will discuss an outbreak of fungal bloodstream infections due to improper medication compounding and poor infection control practices at an outpatient oncology clinic and review the oversight and enforcement landscape of safety standards in outpatient settings.





Joe Perz, DrPH, MA

Team Leader, Quality, Standards, and Safety

Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Outbreak of fungal bloodstream infections associated with an outpatient oncology clinic-New York City, 2016


Amber Vasquez, MD, MPH

EIS Officer, Class of 2015

Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Wild Wild West: Public Health Options to Expand Oversight of Outpatient Oncology Practices

Joel Ackelsberg, MD, MPH

Medical Epidemiologist

Bureau of Communicable Disease

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Infection Control and Prevention in the Outpatient Oncology Setting: CDC Resources for Protecting Your Patients and Your Practice

Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Question and Answer Session


All Speakers



This webinar offers CE for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Residents, Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, and Administrators.


Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Jacqueline Sanchez
 Presenter Information
Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA
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Dr. Perz is a healthcare epidemiologist and team leader with CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Perz earned his Doctorate in Public Health at Columbia University and then served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Perz has guided dozens of outbreak investigations and special studies, drawing attention to the need for better implementation and oversight of infection control practices in ambulatory care settings. His team’s activities currently include promotion of safe injection practices through the One & Only Campaign and helping launch the new Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-Associated Infections & Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens (CORHA).

Amber Vasquez, MD, MPH
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Dr. Vasquez is currently a second year Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She earned her MD from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, in 2007 and completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Louisville in 2010. She completed training in Infectious Diseases at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, in 2013 after which she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases. During her two year tenure as faculty, Dr. Vasquez served as the Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infectious Diseases Director of Select Specialty Hospital, Columbus East. She also completed her Master of Public Health at The Ohio State University in 2015.

Joel Ackelsberg MD, MPH
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Dr. Ackelsberg is a medical epidemiologist and Bioterrorism Surveillance Coordinator in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (NYC DOHMH) Bureau of Communicable Disease. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Ackelsberg oversees investigations of healthcare-associated infections in outpatient settings.

Dr. Ackelsberg has taken part in all NYC DOHMH emergency responses to biological incidents since 2000, including anthrax, SARS, pandemic influenza, Ebola, Legionnaire’s disease, and Zika. He is a member of NYC’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Dr. Ackelsberg earned his medical and public health degrees at Tufts University School of Medicine, and he completed an internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital and an infectious diseases clinical fellowship at the University Medical Center/Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. Dr. Ackelsberg served as an EIS officer (2000) with the NY State Department of Health (Albany, NY) in its Bureau of Communicable Disease Control.

Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH
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Dr. Richardson is the Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC).  As director of DCPC, she provides leadership and direction for all scientific, policy, and programmatic issues related to four national programs: the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and the National Program of Cancer Registries.  Dr. Richardson’s public health service includes the following: medical director for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer and Early Detection Program (1997-1998), medical officer in CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders (1998-2000) and later served as the division director, faculty member at the University of Florida in Medical Oncology (2000-2004), medical officer in DCPC’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch (2004), and team lead for Scientific Support and Clinical Translation Team (2006-2009).