Faculty (titles and affiliations at the time of the live program) Director/Moderator: Ronit Slotky, PhD, MSc, Director, Cell Therapies Manufacturing Facility, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ Speakers: Ljiljana V. Vasovic, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY; Ed Brindle, Quality Manager, Cellular Therapy & Transplantation, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Program Description With new infectious diseases, severe weather, civil unrests, material and supply shortages, cyber threats, we are frequently faced with new extreme scenarios to which we have to be prepared. The recent COVID-19 pandemic presented our global community with new challenges and forced us to be more resilient and creative than ever before. With cellular therapies becoming an increasingly integral part of the healthcare community providing a state-of-the-art lifesaving patient care has its unique challenges. These include safe transport of perishable products with demanding storage requirements, decreased revenues, shortage of unique materials, limited access to back-up facilities, product transportation, and complex communication and documentation requirements. All of which require strict adherence to regulatory and accreditation requirements. This program will review the current state of a global pandemic threat and describe the specific challenges faced by cell therapy collection and processing facilities and clinical transplant programs. We will discuss what changes are needed to current disaster plans including reassessment of our risk mitigation strategies. We also will review the need to improve organizational, national, and global coordination efforts and creation of support networks.
Learning Objectives After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:
Discuss facilities experience during the COVID-19 pandemic emerging disaster, how they can disturb the daily workflow, and identify the specific challenges that cell therapy programs were faced with.
Describe how to apply the experiences learned to perform a risk assessment and make improvements to your current disaster plan.
List examples of changes to daily practices that can be used to absorb risk, insecurity, and instability in a volatile and ever-changing world.
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