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Patient Safety Conference

Interested in learning more about patient safety? Consider attending the IHC Patient Safety Conference on March 12, 2015!

The conference will be at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.  The various tracks will benefit physicians, CEOs, nurses, risk managers, pharmacists, infection control professionals, quality assurance professionals and other healthcare professionals!  The focus for this year’s conference will be on achieving and sustaining significant improvement in patient safety, patient and family engagement and how to be ready for any change in the road.

Keynote speaker Gary Yates, MD, President, Sentara Quality Care Network and Health Care Performance Improvement, LLC, Norfolk, Virginia will address how a growing number of health care organizations are employing high reliability and safety strategies from other industries to achieve and sustain significant improvement in patient safety.

Also featured at the conference will be the presentation of the 2015 Patient Safety Awards!
Interested in attending?  Follow this link!

Season Influenza Update: 
What You Need to Know

The 2014-2015 flu season has been busy with levels of reported influenza cases reaching epidemic proportions in the United States.  Elevated flu activity has been reported in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  While periods of epidemic-like activity are not uncommon during flu season, the increased risk for hospitalizations and death are reasons to increase awareness and prevention efforts.  The proportion of adult deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza for the week ending January 10th was 8.5% above the 7.0% epidemic threshold, an increase from 7.2% the prior week. 1  Forty-five pediatric influenza-associated deaths have been reported thus far this season, including two deaths in Iowa. 1  To date, there have been a total of 8,199 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations reported since October 1, 2014.1  

For the complete update, follow this link!

What's Up Call - Recap

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Dr. Tom Evans held the first What's Up call of 2015. Topics discussed included the patient safety conference, HEN 2.0, district meetings, the IHA quality bank, and the State Innovation Model (SIM) project.

Follow this link to view a summary of
the discussion.

Upcoming Community Events

January 27-28, 2015: "Respecting Choices® Advanced Care Planning" This is a two-day event discussing end-of-life care and the Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST). For more information, follow this link.

February 21-22, 2015: "Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention - Instructor Training Workshop" This event is located in Clive, Iowa. For more information, click this link.

April 22-24, 2015: "Rural Emergency Medicine Course - Enhance Your Medical Knowledge and Hands-on Skills." The University of Nebraska Medical Center will be organizing this event. For more information, click this link.

April 28, 2015: "Just Culture: Moving Beyond 'No Harm/No Foul.'" This event will feature speaker David Marx, JD, internationally recognized Just Culture pioneer. For more information, follow this link.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  (2015).  2014-2015 Influenza Season Week 1 ending January 10, 2015.  FluView: Weekly US Influenza Surveillance Report. Released January 16, 2015.



HEN Data Entry Deadlines
Click this link to view the 2015/2016 Data Entry Deadlines

Readmissions Video
Follow this link to view
the video!

Next IHC What's Up Call:
April 14, 2015
For call-in information email

Flu Prevention Resources

  1. Flu Immunizations - Long Term Care & Ambulatory
  2. Flu Immunizations - Hospitals
  3. Prevention
  4. 2014-2015 Flu Season

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