CDC Health Advisory
Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, to reduce influenza morbidity and mortality.
CDC's Ebola Interfacility Transport Guidance
Designed for developing plans for personnel, including ground and air medical transport providers, managers of EMS agencies, EMS medical directors, local and state EMS systems, local and state health departments, healthcare facilities, and others involved in the interfacility (including intrastate or interstate), transport of persons under investigation (PUIs) or patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease (Ebola).
CDC Health Advisory
Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
This CDC Health Advisory includes information and recommendations about Zika virus clinical disease, diagnosis, and prevention, and provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant. Zika virus infection should be considered in patients with acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis, who traveled to areas with ongoing transmission in the two weeks prior to illness onset.
FDA Announcement: Norepinephrine Recall
PharMEDium Services in Lake Forest, IL has voluntarily recalled the following products distributed to hospitals:
- 29 lots of 4mg Norepinephrine Bitartrate (16mcg/mL) added to 0.9% Sodium Chloride in 250mL Viaflex Bag
- 3 lots of 8mg Norepinephrine Bitartrate (32mcg/mL) added to 0.9% Sodium Chloride in 250mL Viaflex Bag
Reports were received from hospitals indicating a slight discoloration in the admixture of these products, an indication of possible product degradation and decreased potency.
FDA Safety Communication
The FDA strongly encourages that health care facilities discontinue use of the Hospira Symbiq Infusion System and transition to use of alternative infusion systems due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities with this infusion pump.
ISMP - National Alert Network:
Healthcare providers should stop using dosing cups marked in drams
A fatal event was recently reported to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program in which a nurse confused two dosing scales that appear on a plastic oral liquid dosing cup.
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.
NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides this free online course for nurses and their managers to better understand the risks associated with work schedules that are known to promote fatigue. Learn how these risks can be reduced through behavior and workplace modifications.
Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides this free online course for healthcare workers to better understand the scope and nature of violence against healthcare workers.
CDC–Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts.