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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as National Stroke Awareness Month in order to raise awareness to stroke and how to recognize and respond to stroke warning signs by acting F.A.S.T. Strokes often lead to serious, life-changing complications that include: Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body Problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment and memory Problems understanding an ...[Read More]

Protect Yourself From Needlestick Injuries

The World Health Organization reports of the 35 million healthcare workers, 2 million experience percutaneous exposure to infectious diseases each year. It further notes that 37.6% of Hepatitis B, 39% of Hepatitis C and 4.4% of HIV/AIDS in healthcare workers around the world are due to needlestick injuries. Below are a few resources offered by the CDC, WHO and NIOSH for addressing needlesticks in ...[Read More]

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Training and education play a major role in slip, trip and fall prevention throughout the hospital and across the campus. Slip, trip and fall prevention should be a key component of staff, patient and visitor safety in your facility. The safest facilities develop and employ best practices surrounding fall hazards and risky scenarios. It is vital that safety training take a primary role during new ...[Read More]

Funds for Safety Grants Awarded to 14 Louisiana Facilities

The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Trust Funds announced the 14 recipients of its Funds for Safety grant last week. Each year, the Funds for Safety Grant Program awards up to $300,000 to LHA Trust Funds members for initiatives designed to improve safety or reduce liability exposure.  “We are honored to provide resources to support our member organizations in their effort to implement innovat ...[Read More]

FYImail: CMS Draft Guidance

CMS Issues Draft Guidance on Off Label Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems CMS has received a significant amount of feedback regarding the memo released on November 21, 2014 addressing “Off Label Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices.” The November memo has been temporarily replaced with draft guidance which includes information dated March 13, 2015. CMS cites the need to obtain ...[Read More]

eSTAT: FDA Issues Endoscope Warning

In relation to the recent superbug outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to healthcare providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopes procedures and more specifically ERCP endoscopes. The February 19, 2015 warning specifically relates to the design of duodenoscopes, which can impede the ability to effectively “clean, disinfect and sterilize ...[Read More]

FYImail: CMS Updates

Please be aware that the CMS State Operations Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) Appendix W has been updated and posted as of January 13, 2015. In addition, the guidance related to new and updated regulations for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), rural health centers (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) was revised and posted as of January 30, 2015. Please see ...[Read More]

eSTAT: CDC Alert Issued

FDA warns healthcare professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only. Before administering IV solutions to patients, healthcare providers should carefully ...[Read More]

Director of Clinical Risk Appointed to ANA Panel

The LHA Trust Funds announced the appointment of its Director of Clinical Risk Management to the newly commissioned American Nurses Association’s Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility. Stacie Jenkins, BSN, RN, MSN, LNC, will serve on the Steering Committee that will develop a position statement on workplace violence and incivility and detailed guidance for registered nurse ...[Read More]

Health Alert Notice About Ebola

Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials The following message is presented by the American Nurses Association. As you may know, the current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and is primarily affecting countries in West Africa, including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. On Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease ...[Read More]