IHA Daily Briefing: June 12

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

OAG Offers Sexual Assault ER Care Training
Pre-Cut Melon Sickens 60; Six in Illinois
IHA Quality Awards Submission Deadline is Friday
Webinar: Reduce Sodium, Increase Physical Activity
Briefly Noted

OAG Offers Sexual Assault ER Care Training
The Office of Attorney General (OAG) is offering a one day, eight-hour training program—Foundation to Provide Sexual Assault Patient Care in the Emergency Room (ER)—on July 25 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The program is designed for law enforcement, advocates, first responders, emergency room nurses, mid-level providers and physicians who would like to learn best practice guidelines for the multidisciplinary approach to the care of sexual assault patients. The application deadline for this free program is July 18.

More information on the OAG's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is available here.


Pre-Cut Melon Sickens 60; Six in Illinois
A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella has been traced to pre-cut melon from area retailers—Costco, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Food/Amazon. The impacted produce distributed in Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio, includes fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. Of the 60 confirmed Salmonella cases, 31 people have been hospitalized. Illinois has reported six cases statewide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Dept. of Public Health urge people to throw out any pre-cut melon purchased from these retailers, or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. If you are unsure of where you purchased your pre-cut melon, do not eat it; throw it out.


IHA Quality Awards Submission Deadline is Friday
Just a few days remain to finalize your organization's applications for the 2018 IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Awards. The entry period closes at noon this Friday, June 15.

Hospitals or health systems may submit a maximum of one project per category in:

  • Behavioral Health;
  • Care Coordination;
  • Infection Prevention;
  • Patient Safety;
  • Population Health; and
  • Workplace Safety.

IHA's Quality Awards offer a chance for your organization's quality improvement work to be recognized. A national panel of healthcare quality experts will judge the submissions.

Award recipients will be notified in August and honored at the 2018 IHA Leadership Summit on Sept. 26.

Submit your organization's quality improvement work today.


Webinar: Reduce Sodium, Increase Physical Activity
On Thursday, June 28 from 10-11 a.m., join experts from IHA, Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Cook County Department of Public Health for Promoting Sodium Reduction and Increasing Physical Activity, a webinar focused on strategies for encouraging healthier habits in and out of the workplace. Along with approaches for enhancing physical activity, the speakers will share strategies used in the #breakupwithsalt campaign, which highlights the connection between sodium and chronic diseases, and the health benefits of reducing sodium.

Healthcare providers, health and wellness educators, and human resources and community relations directors are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to register. Funding for this program was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (CDC-DP13-130504PPHF16).

For more information about speakers, continuing education credits and registration, click here.


Briefly Noted
Eight Illinois hospitals are on this year's 100 Top Hospitals list, produced by IBM Watson Health. They include: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (major teaching hospitals); Riverside Medical Center (teaching hospitals); and Advocate Condell Medical Center, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Edward Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (large community hospitals).