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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.​

CDC Health Advisory:
Clinical Considerations for the Evaluation of Ill Travelers from Liberia to the United States

In this HAN Advisory, CDC recommends that when evaluating ill travelers from Liberia to the US, healthcare providers consider not only Ebola virus disease (EVD), but other more likely infectious diseases, including malaria. Signs and symptoms of EVD are non-specific and overlap with many other more prevalent infectious diseases in West Africa.

Ebola-Clinical Updates with a Global Perspective

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
During this COCA call, clinicians will receive guidance for healthcare providers presented with a patient who has traveled from Liberia in the last 21 days. Clinicians will get guidance on taking thorough histories (covering health, travel, and exposure) and on using clinical judgment to evaluate patients based on those histories and their symptoms, and will be advised to consider other illnesses occurring among travelers returning from West Africa in the differential diagnosis, including malaria.

CDC Health Advisory:
Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection

This HAN Advisory provides updated guidance to state health departments and healthcare providers in the evaluation of patients for MERS-CoV infection. CDC guidelines have been revised due to the current outbreak in the Republic of Korea. Healthcare providers and public health officials need to consider MERS-CoV infection in ill persons who have recently traveled from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula or in the Republic of Korea as outlined in the June 2015 updated guidance. This information should be disseminated to healthcare providers, especially infectious diseases specialists, intensive care physicians, internists, infection preventionists, emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation for MERS

Thursday, June 11, 2015 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
During this call, clinicians will be provided information about the global situation and the current status of the MERS-CoV outbreak in the Republic of Korea, updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be evaluated and tested for MERS-CoV infection, and further guidance on "Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Possible MERS-CoV."

CDC Health Advisory:
Bird Infections with Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1) Viruses: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response

The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health workers and clinicians of the potential for human infection with these viruses and to describe CDC recommendations for patient investigation and testing, infection control including the use personal protective equipment, and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis.

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.

"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.

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).

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.
May, 2015

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.

Emergency Nursing 2015​
Orlando, FL
September 28 - October 3, 2015​

Emergency Nurses Week
October 11-17, 2015

Emergency Nurses Day
October 14, 2015

Cambodia Mission Trip
October 24-November 8, 2015

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