The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent out an official Health Alert Network (HAN). CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN) is CDC's primary method of sharing cleared information about urgent public health incidents with public information officers; federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners; clinicians; and public health laboratories.
We know that an outbreak in a facility can overwhelm staff, which can affect the usual routine for everyone. As Infection Preventionists, we need to be pro-active in being prepared for the flu and norovirus season that can lead to outbreaks. Emergency Management’s phases of preparedness can be used by IPs to be prepared for unforeseen events that have the potential to be disastrous to staffing. In the following we discuss: Prevention; Mitigation; Preparedness; Response; and Recovery.
The meeting was called to order at 12:20 PM with the following members in attendance: Barbara O’Grodnick, Chris Orris, Karlene Brown, Judy Wrenn, Linda Hjort, Raeann Paparello, Ann O’Dea, Sue Dubb and 3 new members: Melody Solano, Beth Samuels and Kim Gray.
Sue opened the meeting with introductions of those at the meeting. She then proceeded to provide the group with an update on infectious disease that she had recently received while attending the June Quarterly CAPHN meeting.
MER CoV Update: 3 cases to date in the US. All were HCWs with a history of working with MER CoV patients in Saudi Arabia. All 3 have recovered without... (Read full report, click/tap on graphic.)
LTCF Phase III Coming to Your Facility, Soon
Phase I: Acute Care Hospitals– Addresses most common infections found in the ACH inpatient setting. Policy options for linking payment incentives or disincentives to quality of care and enhancing regulatory oversight of hospitals. This HAI Action Plan includes five-year goals for eight specific measures of improvement in HAI prevention.
Phase II: Ambulatory Surgical Centers, End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities, and Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Health Care Personnel. Extending its scope to the outpatient environment and addressing the health and safety of health care workers, as well as the risks of transmission of influenza from health care personnel to patients.
West Nile virus (WNV) was first identified in Connecticut in 1999. The Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with other state agencies and local governments implemented surveillance systems in 2000. These surveillance systems included tracking WNV infections in humans, horses, wild birds, and mosquitoes. It was determined that mosquito surveillance was the best sustainable indicator of potential human infections. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station maintains 91 mosquito trap sites in 73 towns statewide. The trapping sites were selected based on habitat, proximity to residential areas, and historical findings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),West Nile virus (WNV) infection can cause serious disease; considered a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.