IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 17

Thursday, September 17, 2020
IHA Launches “Moving Healthy Ahead” Campaign
OAG Pediatric/Adolescent SANE Training Oct. 19-22
New CDC Report on Young People and COVID-19
CDC on Hospitalized Pregnant Women with COVID-19
New Resource for School Decision-Making during Pandemic
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
HR Fingerprinting Services with Accurate Biometrics
Briefly Noted

IHA Launches “Moving Healthy Ahead” Campaign
This week, IHA launched a statewide digital media campaign to reaffirm to the public that Illinois hospitals and health systems are safe and ready to care for all patients in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

“Moving Healthy Ahead” will run for two flights through the end of October to encourage individuals to keep their health front and center and not delay care. As part of this campaign, members have an opportunity to co-brand with IHA, including: Print ads, digital ads, posters, social media posts, billboards, radio ads and press releases. This initiative is meant to supplement individual hospital and health system media campaigns that are already underway, as well as provide hospitals with the necessary tools to launch their campaigns.

These tools allow members flexibility in communicating with your local audiences, while reinforcing key messages of hospital safety and readiness. Members can customize these materials with your organization’s logo and a call-to-action. See IHA’s member webpage for links to each item. In addition, IHA put together a campaign checklist and instructions.

“Moving Healthy Ahead” has three main goals:

  • Encourage consumers to get back to taking care of their health, especially care that was delayed due to COVID-19;
  • Help hospitals and health systems across the state educate consumers on the safety precautions in place at their facilities; and
  • Show legislators and policymakers that Illinois hospitals are leading the way on public health and connected to a greater cause.

We ask all members to join us in this important public service awareness campaign. The patients and communities you serve need to know your hospital is safe and ready to provide needed care during the pandemic. Together, let’s move healthy ahead!

OAG Pediatric/Adolescent SANE Training Oct. 19-22 Distribution Strategy
The Office of the Illinois Attorney General has announced it will hold a free, virtual Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training Oct. 19-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 40-hour training will be comprised of a combination of pre-work and live online training, and is designed to educate registered nurses, mid-level providers and physicians performing sexual assault medical forensic examinations to sexual assault patients under the age of 18.

Applicants must complete this application (click here) and return it by Sept. 30, along with their resumes, to sane@atg.state.il.us. Qualified applicants will have a license in good standing, have a minimum of one year of clinical experience, complete the pre-work by Oct. 14, and have an identified mentor (must be a Child Abuse Pediatrician or SANE-P) who has received specialized training in the care of both acute and non-acute sexual assault patients and is performing those exams on a routine basis.

For more information or to be added to the email distribution list for upcoming SANE trainings, contact Jaclyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, at sane@atg.state.il.us.

New CDC Report on Young People and COVID-19
A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that COVID-19 has killed at least 121 people under 21 years old across the U.S., more than three-quarters of whom were Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaskan Native people. The study researchers, from the CDC and nearly 30 state health departments (including Illinois), found among the COVID-19-associated deaths among persons under age 21 years reported to the CDC by July 31, 2020, 12 (10%) were infants and 85 (70%) were aged 10-20 years. Hispanic, Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native persons accounted for 94 (78%) of these deaths; 33% of deaths occurred outside a hospital.

The researchers say that persons under 21 exposed to COVID-19 should be monitored for complications and that ongoing surveillance for COVID-19-associated infection, hospitalization, and death among persons under 21 should continue as schools reopen.

CDC on Hospitalized Pregnant Women with COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued two new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports on hospitalized pregnant women with COVID-19. One of the reports found that among nearly 600 hospitalized pregnant women with COVID-19, 55% were asymptomatic at admission. Severe illness occurred among symptomatic pregnant women, including ICU admissions (16%), mechanical ventilation (8%) and death (1%). Pregnancy losses occurred for 2% of pregnancies completed during COVID-19-associated hospitalizations and were experienced by both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. The report authors say that pregnant women and healthcare providers should be aware of potential risks for severe COVID-19, including adverse pregnancy outcomes.

The other report found that prevalence of pre-pregnancy obesity and gestational diabetes were higher among pregnant women hospitalized for COVID-19-related illness (e.g., worsening respiratory status) than among those admitted for pregnancy-related treatment or procedures (e.g., delivery) and found to have COVID-19. Intensive care was required for 30% (13 of 43) of pregnant women admitted for COVID-19, and one pregnant woman died from COVID-19. The report authors say prenatal counseling emphasizing preventive measures, including use of masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing, might help prevent COVID-19 among pregnant women, especially those with pre-pregnancy obesity and gestational diabetes.

New Resource for School Decision-Making during Pandemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new resource, Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making, to help schools make decisions about in-person learning as local conditions evolve throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes core and secondary indicators to help local officials and school districts assess their risk for COVID-19 introductions into and spread within their schools. The CDC says when coupled with local data about community spread, these indicators are an important tool to help local health officials, school administrators, and communities prepare, plan, and respond to COVID-19.

State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 2,056 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 268,207 in 102 counties, with a total of 8,392 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 57,800 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 3.56%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate from September 10 to September 16 is 3.6%. Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours decreased from 1,565 patients to 1,558 patients. Of that figure, 359 patients were in the ICU, with 144 patients on ventilators.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 6.6 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 196,277 deaths.

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard shows more than 29.7 million COVID-19 cases globally, with more than 937,000 deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 15 million cases and more than 518,000 deaths.

HR Fingerprinting Services with Accurate Biometrics
Making the right hiring decision could hinge on the unique pattern of a job candidate's fingerprint. As a vehicle for unlocking potential criminal history, fingerprinting services through Accurate Biometrics comes with over 20 years of experience and over 40 walk-in sites across Illinois.

Accurate Biometrics has a long history of working with IHA. Through this strong relationship, IHA members can access Accurate Biometrics’ premium service and exclusive offerings at discounted rates.

An industry leader, Accurate Biometrics provides clients with technological capabilities, subject matter expertise, dedicated support and safety protocols. The company’s off-site fingerprint process is efficient from beginning to end with:

  • No appointment or pre-registration necessary;
  • A dedicated customer service support team;
  • Competitive industry pricing; and
  • “ProtectTouch Pledge"—comprehensive pandemic response protocol.

As a client, your hospital or health system would have a dedicated account manager as your resource for day-to-day needs, including general support and questions related to the fingerprint process.

Learn about the company’s history, which includes these milestones: participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Health Care Worker Registry Pilot in Illinois in 2007 and processing 1 million fingerprints in 2013.

For more information about Accurate Biometrics and its statewide collection network, please contact Will Peterson at Wpeterson@accuratebiometrics.com or (708) 887-9258.

Briefly Noted
Today is World Patient Safety Day – with IHA and the hospital community supporting the global campaign to emphasize the importance of healthcare worker safety as a priority for patient safety. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the critical importance of a safe healthcare workforce, who are on the frontlines working to stop infections and protect patients.