AAKP will present a January 23, 2019 HealthLine webinar on Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Your Loved Ones – Coping Strategies for Kidney Patient Caregivers. For details and registration see https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7534192719300817923.
The Oregon Patient Safety Commission website, while directed specifically at Oregon, includes many resources that any healthcare provider will find useful, such as:
- Injection Safety and Needle Use, https://oregonpatientsafety.org/news-information/infection-prevention/injection-safety-and-needle-use-in-oregon/931/.
- Injection and Needle Safety Toolkit, https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/PREVENTION/Pages/one-and-only.aspx – a long list of tools for both patients and providers.
- HAI Prevention page, https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/PREVENTION/Pages/index.aspx – a list of more comprehensive programs.
- Introduction to the CDC/SIPC One & Only Campaign, https://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/1anonly.html, to raise awareness among patients and providers about safe injection.
Home Dialysis Central has published a Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator to answer the question, “How much can I drink between dialysis sessions?” individualized for each patient. For the Calculator and discussion, see https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/265-a-new-dialysis-fluid-restriction-calculator.
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/.
CDC has published a Health Alert Network advisory on vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy caused by synthetic cannabinoids apparently contaminated with the rodenticide brodifacoum. While CDC does not report any cases from the West Coast, they advise proceduralists who deal with blood, and others, to be aware of the possibility. The HAN includes:
- Recommendations for clinicians, including notifying health authorities, especially in cases where a synthetic cannabinoid user has recently donated blood
- Recommendations for public health officials, including notifying CDC
- Recommendations for the general public, including avoiding synthetic cannabinoids
For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00410.asp.
There is no suggestion that natural, non-synthetic cannabinoids are similarly contaminated; these are regulated and legal by state law in all of Networks 16 and 18 except Idaho, and increasingly used for medical purposes. There is also no suggestion that natural, non-synthetic, non-psychoactive CBD oil made from industrial hemp, which is available throughout the US, is similarly contaminated; however, outside of the regulated marketplace, industrial-hemp CBD oil is unregulated, so the potential for contamination of some kind is always present.
CMS has published information about helping patients avoid fraud and scams, which may be particularly important with the release of the New Medicare Cards.
Medicare will never call beneficiaries uninvited and ask for personal or private information to get their new Medicare Number and card. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like their current Medicare Number) by contacting them about their new card. If your Medicare patient is asked for their information, for money, or someone threatens to cancel their health benefits if they don’t share their personal information, have them call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
The new Medicare Number is also called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) and is replacing the current Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on Medicare health insurance cards. Medicare will continue to accept the HICN through the transition period; see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html#target. Identity theft resources for people with Medicare can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/identity-theft/identity-theft.html.