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There’s a new Ebola outbreak overseas, so make sure your organization is ready

There’s a new Ebola outbreak overseas, so make sure your organization is ready

Hospital Safety Insider May 10, 2018 Ebola is back in the news, which means it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make sure your healthcare organization has a pandemic plan and staff is familiar with it. At the moment, the only confirmed current cases of Ebola were reported in a remote location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the World Health Organization is concerned that the outbreak, ...Read More →

New NFPA Standard Focuses on Responding to Active-Shooter Incidents

New NFPA Standard Focuses on Responding to Active-Shooter Incidents

OSHA Healthcare Advisor May 2, 2018 Early this year, the NFPA promised to fast-track a new standard to help first responders, healthcare providers, facility managers, and others prepare for an active-shooter incident, and they have delivered, complete with its own acronym. NFPA 3000, a Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER), is now available in paperback for $52, or, as with ...Read More →

The Top Five Questions on Revised Behavioral Health Care Outcome Measures Standard

The Top Five Questions on Revised Behavioral Health Care Outcome Measures Standard

By Lynn Berry, MLA Project Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods The Joint Commission Mar 23, 2018 How does an individual receiving behavioral health care (BHC) feel on a particular day? Does he feel good, bad or the same? Is she improving or declining? To help answer these questions, measurement-based care is an important tool for BHC organizations. On January 1, a revised outcome ...Read More →

Tackling eHealth Literacy

Tackling eHealth Literacy

Lourdes M. Martinez, PhD Health Communications Specialist Office of the Associate Director for Communication Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 5, 2018 As I waited in the exam room on a recent visit to my doctor’s office, I noticed there was a large wall display with an interactive screen. It resembled a smartphone, and I could use the touchscreen to scroll and learn about various co ...Read More →

Zika virus: Down, but not out

Zika virus: Down, but not out

Zika virus has largely disappeared from the Americas. No additional countries have reported active local transmission of Zika since late 2016, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Provisional data from the CDC show that in 2017, 424 cases of symptomatic Zika virus disease cases were reported in the United States, and 644 cases — excluding congenital disease — were reported in its ter ...Read More →

Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

By Selena Simmons-Duffin This first appeared April 19, 2018 on NPR and Kaiser Health News. Most people are familiar with some form of triage: When you go to an emergency room, you first sit down with a triage nurse who records your symptoms, takes your vital signs and assesses the urgency of your medical need. As of Thursday, that’s happening over the phone for 911 callers in Washington, D.C ...Read More →

How to Ensure Exceptional Patient Care

How to Ensure Exceptional Patient Care

By Ted James, MD, MHCM, FACS January 22, 2018 In my role as a breast cancer surgeon and director of a breast care center, I have developed a vested interest in ensuring that each patient receives comprehensive, patient-centered care and a positive care experience. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is a core component of competitive strategy in today’s healthcare environment. I can also atte ...Read More →

State health department confirms measles case in New Orleans

State health department confirms measles case in New Orleans

By Secretary Rebekah E. Gee, MD, MPH Louisiana Department of Health April 09, 2018 Louisiana state health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles in New Orleans. The illness was confirmed through laboratory testing in a recent traveler from Europe to New Orleans. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can spread rapidly among individuals who are unvaccinated. In extreme ...Read More →

The latest drug threat isn’t even an opioid

The latest drug threat isn’t even an opioid

April 2, 2018 By Corky Siemaszko It’s fast becoming the go-to drug for addicts in search of an even stronger high — and it is not even an opioid. Gabapentin, a purportedly non-addictive painkiller primarily used to treat shingles and control seizures, has landed on the radar of beleaguered health officials and law enforcement already battling the deadly opioid epidemic that has ripped throug ...Read More →