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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a free learning tool on building respect for LGBT older adults. The learning tool is intended for Long Term Care (LTC) providers and addresses the needs and rights of older LGBT adults in LTC.
According to CMS, there are approximately 1.5 million adults over the age of 65 in the United States who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. By 2030, those estimates are expected to rise to nearly 3 million. Estimates indicate that there are hundreds of thousands of older adults who are transgender. Many of these older LGBT adults in long term care facilities do not feel safe being open about their sexual identity.
The newly released learning tool was developed in collaboration with CMS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Public Affairs, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, as well as with input from advocacy groups.
The learning tool consists of six modules and aims to educate care providers about the needs and rights of older LGBT adults. It introduces LTC and other aging service providers to LGBT aging and is designed to increase awareness of the issues faced by LGBT individuals living in LTC facilities. The learning tool includes video testimonials, quizzes, and helpful information on how to make LTC more inclusive for this population. Each module lasts approximately 10 minutes; the learning tool can be viewed over multiple sittings.
Below is a copy of the memorandum announcing the new learning tool, Specific instructions for accessing the tool are outlined in the memo.
Customed, Inc. initiated a recall of sterile convenience surgical packs. The products have been found to have a potential defect due to adhesion. The defect could result in loss of product sterility and lead to infection. No serious injuries or deaths have been reported as of August 21, 2014. Affected products were manufactured from January 9, 2009 to May 19, 2014, and distributed January 2009 to May 2014.
See the firm Press Release for a listing of recalled product catalog and lot numbers.
Products were distributed within the domestic (Puerto Rico Commonwealth, Florida State, New York State, US Virgin Islands); and international market (Geographical Area Central America-Costa Rica & Panama; and South America-Colombia).
Customers who have products should stop using the product lots included in the recall. Customed, Inc. is notifying its distributors by mail and arranging for the products return. Customed is requiring distributors to notify any customers who received the product through redistribution. Customers with questions about this recall may contact Ms. Wanda Cotto, Recall Coordinator, at 10787-801-0100 Ext. 7540, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
Read the MedWatch Safety Alert, including a link to the press release, by following the link below.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Children's Medical Ventures, Monroeville, PA is notifying health professionals and their health delivery organizations of a Class I recall of Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2 gel-filled products due to complaints about visible mold on the outer surface of the product. The detected mold was determined to be Cladosporium and Penicillium Fungi, commonly found molds. Cladosporium has been known to cause several different types of invasive infections, including skin, eye, sinus, and brain infections especially in vulnerable populations such as neonates, critically ill patients, and patients with an impaired or weakened immune system. Cladosporium and Penicillium Fungi can also cause difficulty in breathing or allergic reaction. The use of affected product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death.
These gel-filled products are used in hospitals, under the supervision of a caregiver, to support and cradle an infant's head and/or body, help ease pressure caused by long periods of stillness and allow for head movement while maintaining a supportive surface. The affected products were manufactured and distributed from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013.
On May 28, 2014, Children's Medical Ventures sent an "Urgent-Field Safety Notice" informing affected customers, end users, and distributors of the problem, actions that should be taken by the customer/product user in order to prevent risks to patients, and the actions planned by Philips/Children's Medical Ventures to correct the problem.
Please see the Class I Recall Notice below for detailed recall instructions provided by Children's Medical Ventures. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
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