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Helpful MCN Healthcare Resources
New Guidance for Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Presenting with Possible Ebola Virus Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for Emergency Departments (ED) on evaluating and managing patients presenting with possible Ebola Virus Disease. Because early symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease are similar to other febrile illnesses, triage and evaluation processes in the ED should consider and systematically assess patients for the possibility of the disease.
The three step triage process is Identify, Isolate and Inform:
- Identify exposure history and Ebola-compatible symptoms: Take a relevant patient history, including exposure criteria of whether the patient lived in or traveled to a country with widespread Ebola transmission or had contact with an individual with confirmed Ebola Virus Disease within the previous 21 days. Check patient for fever (subjective or >100.4°F or 38.0°C) or Ebola-compatible symptoms: headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or hemorrhage (e.g., bleeding gums, blood in urine, nose bleeds, coffee ground emesis or melena).
- Isolate the patient and determine personal protective equipment (PPE) needed: Place patient in private room or separate enclosed area with private bathroom or covered, bedside commode. Only essential personnel with designated roles should evaluate patient and provide care to minimize transmission risk. Choose the PPE recommended for the patient's clinical status.
- Inform health officials: IMMEDIATELY notify the hospital infection control program and other appropriate staff, as well as the health department
The Joint Commission (TJC) has issued revised requirements for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) in order to better align with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. The revised elements of performance are applicable to ASCs that use The Joint Commission for deemed status and are effective December 19, 2014.
Today's notice reviews revisions to the ASC Human Resources chapter. TJC is now requiring that in addition to staff participating in ongoing education and training that they specifically participate in education and training about the staff member's specific role in the facility's fire response plan. Remember this revision applies only to ASCs that use The Joint Commission for deemed status.
StayAlert is currently reviewing the remainder of the new requirements and will publish additional information soon. Included with today's notice is an example policy reflecting TJC's revisions.
Baxter International Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of INTRAVIA containers in the U.S. and Canada due to complaints received for particulate matter found inside the fluid path. Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign material, and patient's underlying medical condition. There have been no reported adverse events associated with this issue to date.
INTRAVIA containers are empty plastic containers with PVC ports and a sterile fluid path. The recalled lots are INTRAVIA Container, 150 mL Capacity, Lot Number UR13D15112, Product Code 2B8011, distributed to customers between April 26, 2013 and June 20, 2013; and INTRAVIA Container, Empty 500 mL Capacity, Lot Number UR13K14095, Product Code 2B8013, distributed to customers between November 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014. Unaffected lot numbers can continue to be used according to the instructions for use.
Baxter has notified customers, who are being directed not to use product from the recalled lots. Recalled product should be returned to Baxter for credit by contacting Baxter Healthcare Center for Service at 1-888-229-0001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can call Baxter at 1-800-422-9837, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, or e-mail Baxter at email@example.com.
Consumers should be instructed to contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this drug product.
Featured Policy Library Manuals
MCN's NEW Ambulatory Surgical Center/Outpatient Surgery Department Policy and Procedure Manual is cross referenced to TJC standards, AAAHC standards and CMS regulations. Policies and procedures meet AORN and CDC recommendations and guidelines. This comprehensive reference guide has over 290 policies and procedures that are ready to customize to your organization. See also the Administrative Manual for Ambulatory Care Facilities and the Ambulatory Services EOC Manual.Read more »
MCN's Central Service Policy and Procedure Manual provides over 200 proven, up-to-date policies and procedures in a ready-to-customize format. This manual is cross referenced to federal regulations, as well as Joint Commission and NIAHO standards. References used include AAMI Recommended Practices, IAHCSMM Central Service Technical Manual, ASHCSP Training Manual for Health Care Central Service Technicians and AORN Recommended Practices.Read more »
MCN's Post Anesthesia Care Policy and Procedure Manual is a comprehensive resource that covers the latest "hot topic" regulatory and patient safety issues that are relevant to PACU! This manual includes administrative, operational, functional and patient-centered policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are cross-referenced to CMS regulations, Joint Commission standards and NIAHO standards.Read more »