The CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) network will have a webinar to inform clinicians about the current epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations, specimen collection and testing, and clinical management for patients with 2019-nCoV infection. The webinar will be on Friday, January 31, at 2 – 3 pm Eastern. See instructions for joining the … Continue reading “CDC Webinar to Update Clinicians on Coronavirus”
The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV-2019) first identified in Wuhan, China has now also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. The U.S. case was diagnosed in Washington State in a traveler from Wuhan. Although the risk to the American public is currently deemed to be low, CDC is taking proactive … Continue reading “Novel Coronavirus Spreads Beyond China”
CDC will be holding a series of four webinars detailing NHSN 2020 Patient Safety Component protocol, annual survey, and analysis updates, Outpatient Procedure Component Updates, and Antibiotic Use and SAAR updates. Here are the dates, times, and registration information for the webinars: Topic: NHSN 2020 Training Webinar: PSC Protocol and Annual Facility Survey Update When: Thursday, January 30, … Continue reading “NHSN Update Webinars”
FUSION IV Pharmaceuticals/AXIA Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling all unused sterile drug products due to a lack of assurance of sterility. The recalled sterile products have been found to be inconsistent with federal guidelines. Read the FDA safety alert.
On Jan. 11 and again on Jan. 15, 2020, medical device manufacturer Cardinal Health alerted its customers to potential quality issues affecting some of its Level 3 surgical gowns and PreSource procedural packs that contain these gowns. Cardinal Health recommends, and the FDA agrees, that customers should immediately discontinue use of all affected surgical gowns … Continue reading “Cardinal Health Recalls surgical gowns and packs”
CDC is closely monitoring a reported cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology (PUE) with possible epidemiologic links to a large wholesale fish and live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. An outbreak investigation by local officials is ongoing in China and being monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, there are no … Continue reading “Pneumonia Outbreak in China”
The 2020 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Checklists developed by the NHSN subject matter experts (SMEs) are now available on NHSN’s webpage. The 2020 HAI Checklists are intended for use in conjunction with the 2020 Patient Safety Manual to assist Infection Preventionists with making a final determination for HAIs by streamlining surveillance … Continue reading “NHSN HAI Checklists Now Available”
As it prepares to revise the hospital quality star rating system in 2020, CMS released a summary report on stakeholder input. Although stakeholders did not reach consensus, several common themes emerged, including: CMS should consider how Star Ratings are used by stakeholders when updating how they are calculated or presented. CMS should engage in outreach … Continue reading “CMS Issues Report on Improving Star Ratings”
The FDA announced that Mavidon is voluntarily recalling all lots of products manufactured at its facility due to contamination with Burkholderia cepacia. Read the FDA safety alert.
CMS has published an updated State Operations Manual (SOM) to reflect regulatory changes included in the Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction final rule, which included revisions to the Infection Prevention and Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Condition of Participation (CoP). The SOM indicates these regulations will be effective March 30, 2020, … Continue reading “CMS Delays Implementation Deadline for Revised IPC CoPs”