11/12-18 Antibiotic Awareness Week

The CDC has announced that US Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12–18, 2018.  Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and critical tools for treating infections like those that can lead to sepsis.  However, when antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm.  Additionally, any time antibiotics are used in people or animals, they can lead to antibiotic resistance.  Everyone has a role to play to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.  CDC recommends four ways to participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week:

  • Use and share Be Antibiotics Aware educational materials, including graphics for print and social media from CDC’s national educational effort to keep patients safe, decrease adverse drug events, and help fight antibiotic resistance.  See https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticuse/index.html.
  • Make a commitment to The AMR Challenge.  Join leaders worldwide to combat antibiotic resistance by improving antibiotic use, including ensuring access to these drugs globally.  See https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/intl-activities/amr-challenge.html.
  • Join the Global Twitter Storm on Thurs., November 15 from 9-10 am ET using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance.  Use social media to spark conversation throughout the week using #USAAW18 and #BeAntibioticsAware.
  • Follow CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog for daily stories on Antibiotic Awareness; see https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/.

This annual one-week observance helps raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.  CDC is a global leader in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use practices.  Improving the way we prescribe and take antibiotics helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations.

9/5+ World Sepsis Day and Awareness Month

The Global Sepsis Alliance will present the free, online 2nd World Sepsis Congress September 5-6, 2018, featuring 100 speakers from 30 countries.  For more information on both the Alliance and the Congress, see https://www.worldsepsiscongress.org/.  CDC’s presentation will be September 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

September 13, 2018 is World Sepsis Day, and September is Sepsis Awareness Month, the first anniversary of CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis program.  Find CDC’s educational materials on Sepsis at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/education/index.html, and their Get Ahead of Sepsis web page, in English and Spanish, at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.

Find more information and tools at https://www.world-sepsis-day.org/ and https://www.sepsis.org/sepsisawarenessmonth/.

CDC HAN re HAV

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.

CDC Sepsis Prevention in Spanish

GaneleCDC has announced that its free Get Ahead of Sepsis fact sheets and brochures for patients and families are now available for download in Spanish.

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.

<7/31 AAKP Patient Safety Award

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/.

5/5 WHO Hand Hygiene Day

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:

  • 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.

DFC January Update

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.