A needs assessment of infection control training for American Red Cross personnel working in shelters

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      • Infection control knowledge necessary to minimize disease transmission in shelters.
      • Red Cross personnel exhibit moderate infection control knowledge.
      • Recently-deployed personnel identified greater infection control training needs.
      • Overview of infection control principles needed for shelter workers on-site.
      This pilot needs assessment aimed to identify gaps in infection prevention and control (IPC) training of American Red Cross shelter staff through an electronic survey of IPC background, knowledge, and perceived training needs. Respondents (n = 471) noted a greater need for training in several IPC areas, although no significant differences were found in IPC knowledge between those who had recently deployed to a shelter (n = 70) and trained personnel who had never deployed (n = 178).

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