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Sep 29 2014
Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children's Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI. These illnesses have occurred since August 1, 2014 coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children in Colorado.

The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of this neurologic syndrome under investigation with the aim of determining if children with similar clinical and radiographic findings are being cared for in other geographic areas. Guidance about reporting cases to state and local health departments and CDC is provided.

The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory disease. The possible linkage of this cluster of neurologic disease to this large EV-D68 outbreak is part of the current investigation. CDC is seeking information about other similar neurologic illnesses in all states, especially cases clustered in time and place. CDC has particular interest in characterizing the epidemiology and etiology of such cases.

Recommendations:

  • Patients who meet the following case definition should be reported to state and local health departments:
    • Patients 21 years of age and younger with:
      • Acute onset of focal limb weakness occurring on or after August 1, 2014 AND
      • An MRI showing a spinal cord lesion largely restricted to gray matter
  • State and local health departments should report patients meeting the case definition to CDC using a brief patient summary form (www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/investigation/). State health departments should send completed summary forms to CDC by email at limbweakness@cdc.gov.
  • Providers treating patients meeting the above case definition should consult with their local and state health department for laboratory testing of stool, respiratory, and cerebrospinal fluid specimens for enteroviruses, West Nile virus, and other known infectious etiologies.
  • Health departments may contact CDC for further laboratory and epidemiologic support by phone through the CDC Emergency Operations Center (770-488-7100), or by email at limbweakness@cdc.gov. Confirmation of the presence of EV-D68 currently requires typing by molecular sequencing.

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Sep 27 2014
FDA Issues Drug Safety Communication for Xolair (omalizumab)

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of safety studies suggests a slightly increased risk of problems involving the heart and blood vessels supplying the brain among patients being treated with the asthma drug Xolair (omalizumab) than in those who were not treated with Xolair. As a result, FDA has added information about these potential risks to the drug label.

The review found no difference in the rates of cancer between those patients being treated with Xolair and those who were not being treated with Xolair. However, due to limitations in the 5-year study, FDA cannot rule out a potential risk of cancer with Xolair, so this information was added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug label.

Xolair is an injectable medicine for patients 12 years of age and older with moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma whose asthma symptoms are not controlled by asthma medicines called inhaled corticosteroids.

Patients taking Xolair should continue to take the medication as prescribed and discuss any questions or concerns with their health care professionals.

Read the MedWatch Safety Alert, including links to the Drug Safety Communication at the link below.

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Sep 26 2014
New Joint Commission Standards Related to CMS Governing Body and Medical Staff Conditions of Participation Changes

Yesterday StayAlert! reviewed recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) changes to Conditions of Participation related to Hospital Governing Body and Medical Staff requirements.  To ensure alignment between their standards and CMS requirements, The Joint Commission recently issued new standards related to the CMS changes that are effective September 29, 2014.

The new requirements add an element of performance that address the need for multi-hospital systems with a unified and integrated medical staff to ensure the bylaws describe the process by which medical staff members at each separate hospital are informed of their right to opt out of the unified and integrated medical staff after a majority vote by the members to maintain a separate and distinct medical staff for their respective hospital. There is also a new standard that addresses a mult-ihospital systems right to establish a unified and integrated medical staff in accordance with state and local laws.

Included with this notice is a link to TJC's prepublication standards.

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