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Acute Communicable Disease Control


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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
E-Mail:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Liaison Public Health Nurses (LPHN)

Liaison Public Health Nurses (LPHN) are an integral component of the public health link and serve as liaisons to strengthen communication and collaboration between Public Health and Infection preventionists (IP) in acute care hospitals and non-hospital healthcare settings, such as clinics and jail medical services. LPHNs work with IPs to increase traditional disease reporting and improve surveillance to enhance early detection and preparedness efforts in potential critical situations. They provide education and consultation to hospitals to identify and respond to potential risks and threats during hospital outbreaks and assist with investigations. LPHNs regularly attend infection control committee meetings in many hospitals and provide a variety of educational material and promotional activities to support individual hospital programs.

Coroner's Case investigation:

The LPHN performs a daily case-by-case analysis of coronerís data to identify and follow-up suspicious and infectious disease related deaths in Los Angeles County and distributes notification of these deaths to the appropriate units.

ACDC Projects:

Web-based Confidential Morbidity Report (WebvCMR):

WebvCMR is an advanced electronic reporting system, whose main purpose is to make disease investigation, tracking, and reporting of communicable disease more efficient. It is offered to all LAC hospitals, as well as to hospitals in the Long Beach and Pasadena jurisdictions, and its goals are to improve timely reporting, increase standardization and accuracy of reported CMR information, and to create a secure, user-friendly site that will encourage health professionals to comply with State regulations on reporting communicable diseases. LPHNs educate and train healthcare providers on initiating and utilizing the WebvCMR, available web-based communication and training resources, and promote its continual use.

Emergency Department (ED) Surveillance

LPHNs respond to and investigate ED signal reports received from the Syndromic Surveillance team to identify communicable disease and potential collection of patient assessment data from the IP for review and analysis, and partners with the Syndromic Surveillance team to determine needs.

Disease Management:

LPHNs continue ongoing epidemiologic investigation and surveillance of Legionellosis and Coccidioidomycosis to monitor disease trends, detect outbreaks, and improve the timeliness of mandated reporting of suspected cases of communicable disease.

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