The numbers are not large, but deaths are being reported from West Nile Virus, with northern Los Angeles County reporting relatively more. The CDC web page on West Nile includes mosquito reduction methods and links to EPA reviews of insecticides; find it at https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/ . In most cases your state and county health departments also have their own pages on West Nile, with local instructions for reporting dead birds, which are markers for surveillance of the disease.
The Northwest Renal Network September 2017 Patient Bulletin is all about Flu Shots – it’s Vaccination Time of the year. Find the Bulletin at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Start with the video Domino Effect at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_IArvYx_vo . CDC has assembled a web page with links to relevant useful resources for facilities, for patients, and for social media, including:
- “Twibbons” (see https://twibbon.com/support/get-ahead-of-sepsis-2017)
- Sample tweets
- Web buttons
- Gifs, like the one below
Find this resource page at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/index.html . CDC’s press release on Sepsis Awareness Month is at https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0831-sepsis-recognition-treatment.html .
The July Network Patient Bulletin is on “Vascular Access and Dialysis Safety.” It describes the various hemodialysis access types and their relationship to infections, and includes strategies for minimizing infection. Find a copy at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/VA0717.pdf .
Northwest Renal Network’s June 2017 Patient Bulletin is on “What You Need to Know about Sepsis,” detailing its definition, causes, symptoms, who is likely to be vulnerable to it, and a link to more information from the National Institutes of Health, in both English and Spanish. Find a copy at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
May 19, 2017 is National Hepatitis Testing Day, and May 2017 is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, to encourage testing for HCV and HBV. Find more information from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HepPromoResources.htm and additional resources on http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/campaign-hepatitis-awareness.asp and https://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/hepatitisawarenessmonth.html .
May 5, 2017 is World Hand Hygiene Day. In addition to the new free CE course and other CDC materials linked to in our earlier bulletin at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/55-cdc-hand-hygiene-course/ , the UN World Health Organization also has a web page full of resources on hand hygiene and antibiotic resistance, at http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/en/ , and ASN’s Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety campaign has a poster on the subject, at https://www.asn-online.org/news/2017/0504-Hand_Hygiene_Day.pdf .