CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons. The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures. For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.
Sepsis is a medical emergency. Do you know how to protect yourself, your family, and your patients from sepsis? CDC’s new Spanish-language materials help patients and families learn the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act quickly if they suspect sepsis. Start a conversation today about how to Get Ahead of Sepsis. To learn more about sepsis and how to prevent infections, see https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/sp/index.html. The English versions are at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/patient-resources.html.
Applications are open until July 31, 2018 for the AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award to fund an annual lecture, presentation or program that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management. The award was created in 2014 when the former non-profit Network of New England board of directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work led by former executive director Jenny Kitsen. For more information and application, see http://aakp.org/jenny-kitsen-safety-award/.
May 5, 2018 is Hand Hygiene Day, the UN World Health Organization’s annual call to action for health workers. Clean your hands at the right times and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance. Find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/campaign/index.html and in the following CMS Medicare Learning Network Infection Control resources:
- Process for Hand Hygiene video — Learn when to wash your hands and techniques to wash visibly and non-visibly dirty hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orUQXS4vUxo, and see also https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cms+mln+process+for+hand+hygiene.
- Hand Hygiene Web-Based Training Course — Learn about hand hygiene in patient care zones and nearby administrative areas, appropriate methods for maintaining good hand hygiene, with continuing education credit: log in to your MLN account at https://learner.mlnlms.com/Default.aspx.
CMS has announced that new data on the care quality of dialysis facilities is now available on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC), the website that allows patients and health centers to view and compare quality data about dialysis facilities. CMS uses this data, organized into a series of measures, to create a 5-Star Rating system that can help patients make educated decisions about where to get their dialysis treatments, as well as to assist them in speaking with their healthcare team regarding their care.
The January revision has updated information for Standardized Transfusion Ratios, Standardized Mortality Ratios, Standardized Hospitalization Ratios, Standardized Readmission Ratios, vascular access types (fistula and catheter), bloodstream infections, hemoglobin management, and the CAHPS survey on in-center hemodialysis patient experience. The July 2017 DFC data for dialysis adequacy, hypercalcemia, serum phosphorus, and the facility Star Ratings will remain until the next update.
Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/#.
If you’re computer-savvy, you can download supplementary DFC data from https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare.
CDC has issued a “HAN” Health Advisory on increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications. The HAN also includes a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, an update about approved treatment drugs and current supply, and background information for patients about influenza treatment. Find the HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp.
CMS has also recently published a list of flu vaccine resources, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2016-12-08-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc468862699.
CDC and WHO have announced that November 13-19, 2017 will be US and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. European Antibiotic Awareness Day is November 18. CDC has updated their educational initiative Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care, and aims to engage the industry and the public in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use across all health care settings. Find the CDC announcement and links to Be Antibiotics Aware at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6644a9.htm?s_cid=mm6644a9_e and the WHO announcement at http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/.