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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) ,a drug withdrawal syndrome that newborns infants experienced after birth as a result of being exposed to opioids while in the womb.The newborn exposed to this condition displays multiple symptoms such as hyperirritability, excessive crying, poor sleep, poor feeding, diarrhea, hypertonia and tremors,poor sucking reflex, and in some cases, seizures shortly after birth.To learn more click hereNo comments
The Joint Commission awards first Community-Based Palliative Care Certification to MJHS
CDC funding health departments, labs $67 million to curb antibiotic resistance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced it is providing $67 million to help health departments tackle antibiotic resistance and other patient safety threats, including healthcare-associated infections.
The funding is available through the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC), and it is to support seven new regional laboratories with specialized capabilities, which will allow for rapid detection and identification of emerging antibiotic-resistant strains.
The funds are to be distributed to the following 64 grantees:
- All 50 state health departments
- Six of the nation’s largest local health departments (Chicago, the District of Columbia, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City and Philadelphia)
- Eight territories or U.S. affiliates, including U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam
According to the CDC, every state health department lab will be able to test for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (also known as “nightmare bacteria”) and work toward performing whole genome sequencing on intestinal bacteria, including Salmonella, Shigella and many Campylobacter. Click here to read more
The Joint Commission recently announced revisions to requirements for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF) that become effective Jan. 1, 2017.
During a recent evaluation of the ACHF program, Joint Commission staff referenced and reviewed the 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure.
Revisions made to strengthen the program include:
- Incorporated Class I recommendations from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline - including guideline-directed medical therapy, diagnostic testing, and device therapy - into Delivering or Facilitating Clinical Care standard DSDF.3 elements of performance (EPs) 2 and 3.
- Increased the focus on transitions from inpatient to outpatient care, including making the plan of care available to all members of the team. This is addressed in standard DSDF.4 EP 8, and Clinical Information Management standard DSCT.4 EP 2.
Are you thinking about applying for Stroke Certification in 2016 or 2017?
Stroke Certification Program
Thursday, June 09, 2016
· Reviews 2016 requirements
· Provides practical strategies and implementation tips that can be adapted and applied within a stroke program
· Presents a comprehensive overview of the review process
· Delivers an in-depth review of the challenging standards
· Allows time for participants to ask questions
· To apply for Stroke Certification in 2016 or 2017click here http://pages.jointcommission.org/DSC-2016-Stroke-Seminar-Invite_Stroke-Seminar-One-On-One-Registration.html