What's New From The State?
Conference is coming soon at the Albany Marriot,September 24th-27th. There is a CDDN exam prep class on Saturday from 2-5 and Sunday from 8:30-12:30. It promises to be a wonderful three days of varied and worthwhile presentations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out if there are openings to attend. Zone chairs-don't forget your baskets for the raffle!
What's New From The Zones?
In order to keep Zones and the State organization strong we need your support. Interesting presentations make zone meetings and conference sessions more appealing. If you see or hear someone who would make a good speaker, get their contact information. If you can ask them whether they would be interested in speaking, do so. If you would rather someone else made the contact, let your zone or state officers know.
What's New From OPWDD?
DQI site review is stressing PONs or NSPs and having evidence that staff have been trained on these. PONs should available to staff and referred to when necessary by DSP's. Ensure directives on when to contact the nurse and what symptoms should be reported to the nurse, are evident in your PONs.PONs should be reviewed and updated at least annually.
What's New From Our Members?
Second annual Joyce Binder Award will be presented at the 2017 conference. The family has stated that they know Joyce would be pleased to be honored this way.
What's New From In The News?
A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control shows that the failure to change gloves in nursing homes and longterm care can be a significant cause of the spread of dangerous pathogens. Improper glove use spreads bacteria person to person and also to the environment where it can be picked up on the bare hands or other objects. Infections in LTCFs cause approximately 388,000 deaths per year. The study in specific facilities watched for failure to change gloves and when surfaces were touched with contaminated gloves (i.e. touching the arms of a wheelchair with gloves that had been used to clean up after incontinence).
Although we are not technically a LTCF, situations and glove use concerns would be similar. Procedure can get sloppy over time. Remind staff of the importance to change gloves properly-along with good hand hygiene-to preserve the health of our vulnerable population. (infectioncontrol today.com 9/12/17)