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/.
KCER has published their October 2017 Newsletter, with articles on the following:
- Emergency Preparedness Requirements Go into Effect November 15, 2017
- Flu Season is Here: Time for a Shot
- How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Emotional Support After a Disaster
- Protecting Your Dialysis Vascular Access
- Handwashing After a Disaster
In honor of International Infection Prevention Week (October 15-21, 2017), CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis program has published four new resources:
- Patient infographic on “Four Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis,” https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/pdfs/Consumer_infographic_four-ways-to-get-ahead-of-sepsis_print-only_508.pdf .
- Patient poster on “Protect Yourself and Your Family from Sepsis,” https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/pdfs/Consumer_poster_protect-yourself-and-your-family-from-sepsis_8.5x11_print-only_508.pdf .
- Healthcare facility poster on “Protect Your Patients from Sepsis,” https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/pdfs/HCP_poster_protect-your-patients-from-sepsis_8.5x11_print-only_508.pdf .
- Healthcare facility poster on “Be Alert. Suspect Sepsis. Save Lives,” https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/pdfs/HCP_poster_be-alert-suspect-sepsis-save-lives_8.5x11_print-only_508.pdf .
For CDC’s page on Get Ahead of Sepsis, see https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/ . For information about International Infection Prevention Week, see http://professionals.site.apic.org/iipw/ .
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 .