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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
Hospital Outreach Unit and Healthcare Associated Infections

Mission: To enhance emerging infectious disease preparedness and response efforts and improve hospital disease reporting by hospitals in Los Angeles County through strengthened communications, collaborations, and consolidation of resources.

In 2003, the Hospital Outreach Unit (HOU) was created as a result of the SARS epidemic and designed to enhance disease and outbreak reporting between Los Angeles County (LAC) public health and LAC hospitals.  Healthcare associated infection (HAI) consultation, outbreak investigation and strengthened communication and collaboration between public health and LAC acute care hospitals by interacting with infection preventionists, medical, nursing and other healthcare clinicians, administrators, emergency departments and laboratories and related essential staff.

Hospitals have undergone significant changes the past decade with increased public scrutiny and legislative mandates that demand greater accountability for patient safety. HOU staff collaborate with key hospital departments to address concerns of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseuodmonas aeruginosa and Clostridium difficile, HAIs, infection prevention, communicable disease reporting and patient safety.

Outbreak investigations are complex and based on an epidemiologic approach to infectious disease transmission, evidence-based principles and best practices. Frequently, field investigations are conducted and may include other county or city departments, e.g. Health Facilities Inspection Division, Environmental Health, Public Health Laboratory and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

A current database of LAC acute care hospital is maintained by HOU staff to ensure quick and timely communication between public health and high-level hospital staff when needed. Team staff also performs coroner's case investigation and analysis of unusual deaths for diseases that may be emerging or infectious and not reported through other sources.



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