TJC Sentinel Event Alert #54: Safe use of health information technology
Health information technology (health IT) is rapidly evolving and its use is growing, presenting new challenges to health care organizations. This alert builds upon Sentinel Event Alert #42 on safely implementing health information and converging technologies (published in 2008) to take a broader look at health IT, particularly the socio-technical factors having an impact on its safe use. This alert's suggested actions center on safety culture, process improvement and leadership.
CDC COCA Call:
"Experiences of CDC and Emory Healthcare in Managing Persons Under Investigation for Ebola"
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to prepare U.S. healthcare facilities to safely manage persons under investigation (PUI) for Ebola virus disease (Ebola). Prompt diagnostic assessment, laboratory testing, and provision of appropriate care are essential in preventing transmission of Ebola to healthcare workers and other patients. During this COCA Call, participants will learn about components of domestic surveillance that rapidly identify and monitor travelers, assess symptoms, and isolate PUI for Ebola in the U.S. so they receive appropriate medical care.
CDC - COCA Call:
"Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians - From Guidelines to the Front Line"
March 26, 2015 - 2-3 p.m. EST
It is important for clinicians to have a disaster response plan that addresses approaches to maintaining quality care during times of patient surge and resource scarcity. During this COCA Call, participants will learn about the series of suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic, and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.
CDC COCA Calls:
Current Information on Measles, Flu, and Vaccinations
1) February 19, 2015 - the current measles situation in the US, clinical guidelines for patient assessment and management, and age-appropriate vaccination recommendations for US residents including those who travel abroad;
2) February 26, 2015 - the current state of flu activity related to children, and the importance of continued vaccinations despite the mismatch and low vaccine effectiveness, and strategies for using antiviral therapy early to prevent and treat influenza.
Health Advisory: U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak, December 2014-January 2015
Flu Now Widespread in 43 States, CDC Reports
The annual influenza outbreak has reached widespread levels in 43 states - up from 36 states a week ago. New figures from the CDC show that six more children have died from flu, including three kids in Tennessee, making for 21 pediatric deaths this flu season.
View the latest information about Ebola Virus Disease on ENA’s Ebola News and Resources page
CDC Health Advisory
The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers.
CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 - Missouri and Illinois, 2014
In its September 8, 2014 Morbidity/Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC states that health care providers should consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness in children/adolescents; suspected clusters or outbreaks should be reported to local or state health departments. There are no available vaccines or specific treatments for EV-D68, and clinical care is supportive.
TJC Sentinel Event Alert - Preventing infection from the misuse of vials
Thousands of patients have been adversely affected by the misuse of single-dose/single-use and multiple-dose vials. Adverse events caused by this misuse have occurred in both inpatient and outpatient settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC Health Advisory
Guidance to US Clinicians Regarding New WHO Polio Vaccination Requirements for Travel by Residents of and Long-term Visitors to Countries with Active Polio Transmission.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is providing a free online course for healthcare workers to better understand the scope and nature of violence against healthcare workers. The course can be found at this link: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/training_nurses.html