CDC Updates Interim Recommendations For Measles In Health Care Settings
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Toi Wilde
This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updates to their interim infection prevention and control recommendations for measles in health care settings. This interim guidance should be implemented as part of a comprehensive infection prevention program to prevent the spread of germs among patients, health care providers and visitors. While measles is most commonly spread from person to person either at home or in public settings, it also can spread in health care settings. The most important prevention method to reduce the spread of measles is community vaccination. Core measles prevention in health care settings requires a multifaceted approach, including the following tactics that are outlined further in the guidance.
- ensure health care personnel have presumptive evidence of immunity to measles
- rapidly identify and isolate patients with known or suspected measles
- adhere to standard and airborne precautions for patients with known or suspected measles
- routinely promote and facilitate respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
- appropriately manage exposed and ill HCP
Additional information is available on the CDC website.
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CDC Increases Support To Ebola Outbreak, U.S. Hospital Planning Resource Available
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
With the confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease reported in Goma, a city of two million, the World Health Organization deemed the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the U.S. Embassy in the DRC to preposition staff in Goma to rapidly identify Ebola cases and prevent further spread of the disease in hotspots where the situation permits. The CDC’s emergency operations center was activated in June 2019 to support this interagency response. Despite the heightened response activities, public health officials maintain that the risk of global spread of Ebola remains low.
In June, through the National Ebola Training and Education Center, NYC Health and Hospitals published a resource, “Frontline Hospital Planning Guide: Special Pathogens,” that hospitals are encouraged to review.
MHA continues to prioritize the development of highly infectious disease planning and training resources for Missouri hospitals with funding from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Hospital Preparedness Program, through a subcontract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, CFDA 93.889.
Additional Ebola resources are available on the CDC website.
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New Guide For Medication-Assisted Treatment Available
Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman
The opioid epidemic claimed the lives of more than half of the 70,000 overdose deaths that occurred in 2017. Together with BlueCross BlueShield, National Quality Forum announced the launch of a guidance document for clinicians to supply medication-assisted treatment. Utilizing the evidence-based strategies associated with MAT coupled with behavioral therapies, the resource demonstrates the dramatic results for patients facing the daunting task of recovery from opioid misuse. The framework explains the unique needs surrounding opioid misuse and opioid use disorder, and the effects these treatment strategies can yield. The full publication is available for purchase or preview.
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