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Safely Maximizing COVID-19 Vaccine Dosing - Clarifying Syringes and More


The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines were a major milestone in fighting the pandemic. Now that vaccinations are underway, there are many questions about safe administration, error prevention, and best practices for vaccine dosage, equipment, and safety measures.

Join leaders from ECRI, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and Cone Health for a live discussion about COVID-19 vaccine procedures including:

  • Lessons learned during the first months of vaccinations
  • A demonstration of the various types of syringes used
  • Information about supplies needed for administration

The team will also answer questions from the audience during this session

Learning objectives

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Adhere to key steps for safe and efficient syringe handling during vaccine preparation and administration
  • Understand information about error reporting
  • Prepare for changes in the upcoming months in terms of necessary supplies

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Register to view a recording of our March 17, 2021, lab webcast.

Agenda & Speakers

Andrew Furman

Andrew Furman, MD, MMM, FACEP

Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, Technology Assessment, ECRI

Andrew Furman is an emergency medicine physician who has worked in clinical and leadership roles in Pennsylvania and Oregon. He served as a quality and communications consultant within the Geisinger Health System, acting as a liaison between the closed model of care delivery at Geisinger and the more open models of care delivery in newly acquired hospitals and health systems. At Salem Health, in Salem, Oregon, he served as Vice President of Medical Affairs. After completing a Master of Medical Management degree at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, he joined Accolade in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. While at Accolade, Dr. Furman supported the organization’s mission to equip employees of self-insured companies with the people, tools, and technology that empowered them to better navigate the complicated healthcare environment.

Mike Cohen

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP

President, ISMP

Dr. Cohen’s passion for medication safety began in 1974 when he was involved in a serious adverse event with insulin in the hospital where he was employed. He immediately saw the value in sharing his story with other hospital pharmacists to prevent the same error from occurring. Dr. Cohen founded ISMP in 1994 and launched the first of five ISMP Medication Safety Alert! publications in 1997. The newsletters, along with Safety Alerts, now reach more than one million health professionals in the U.S., as well as regulatory authorities and others in more 30 other countries.

Kevin Hansen

Kevin N. Hansen, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital

Kevin Hansen, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCSCP is Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Hansen provides leadership and operational oversight for pharmaceutical compounding and pharmacy perioperative services. He serves as the Residency Program Director for the Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program. In addition, Dr. Hansen serves as adjunct faculty for the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Jason Launders

Jason Launders

Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI

Jason Launders has been at ECRI since 1998, and is currently the Director of Operations for the Device Evaluation group. Jason’s primary responsibility is managing ECRI’s laboratory-based evaluations of medical technologies. Jason has an MSc in Medical Physics and spent his earlier time at ECRI evaluating a wide range of diagnostic imaging technology, such as: CT, MRI, PACS, and Digital Radiography. Today, he is responsible for developing the content of evaluations to ensure they meet the needs of our members.

Kristina Cybularz

Kristina Cybularz

Manager, SupplyGuide – Supply Chain Services, ECRI

Kristina Cybularz is the manager of supply chain services and has been with ECRI for more than eight years. After several years of managing ECRI’s recall management solution, Kristina now manages the Functional Equivalent solution, which provides alternative purchase solutions for members. Kristina manages a team of Medical Supply Specialists who compile custom reports and category development to support members and to grow product offerings. She is a proud alumna of Penn State University, where she graduated with a concentration in Political Science and Health Policy.

Juuso Leinonen

Juuso Leinonen

Senior Project Officer, Device Evaluations, ECRI

Juuso performs comparative hands-on medical device evaluations and investigates medical device related problems. Juuso is currently ECRI's lead subject matter expert on medication delivery and pharmacy technologies. He has tested and evaluated most of the currently marketed infusion devices in the U.S. and assisted a number of healthcare facilities with technology selection/procurement projects.