General, Geriatric, Palliative Medicine Clinical Highlight – COMBATTING INFECTIONS IN THE ELDERLY

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD

Over the past 15 years, Dr Laurie Archbald has been involved in infectious disease research to address the infections that affect the geriatric population. With a fellowship in both geriatrics and infectious diseases and biodefense, as well as an MPH in clinical trials and research, she is a national leader in the field. She has extensive collaborations with Drs Dick Guerrant and Cirle Warren in Infectious Diseases, focused on clinical impact and outcomes of C. difficile infection. From this background, and in further collaboration with Dr Ann Hays and Brian Behm in GI and others, they developed the Complicated C. difficile Clinic for the care and management of patients with recurrent and severe C. difficile infection J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(7), 1036.

In addition, since 2013, Dr Laurie Archbald has served on the Infection

UNIBE Medical School teaching, Santo Domingo, DR

Control Committee for AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. AMDA is the only medical specialty society representing physicians and other practitioners working in various post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. In this role, she has worked to shape the national dialogue on patients in these setting and infections and infection control. She is a faculty instructor for the Infection Prevention in PA/LTC Certificate Course, in collaboration with CDC and SHEA, as well as a content evaluator for the pilot CDC Preventionist Training Course. She has also helped to develop guidelines for pneumonia vaccination for residents in PALTC (J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Feb 1; 18(2): 99–104., as well as upcoming guidance statements on influenza and measles prevention guidelines for PALTC healthcare workers.

American Geriatric Society Annual Convention

Dr Archbald has taught clinicians geriatric and PALTC infection control locally, nationally, and internationally. In May 2019, she was invited faculty to UNIBE Medical School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to work in collaboration with local students, faculty and administration regarding geriatric clinical care, education, and C. difficile infection. Here at UVA, Dr Archbald has worked in local skilled nursing facilities since 2008 and provides primary and consultative care for geriatric patient at UVA Geriatrics JABA clinic.

 

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