IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 20

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training
CDC: 80% of Pregnancy-Related Deaths Preventable
Baxter Recalls Clearlink Basic Solution with Duovent
ASPR TRACIE Resources for National Preparedness Month
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted


Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training
On Nov. 9-10, a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coach Training will be held in Springfield. This training is based on the PreventT2 curriculum developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional insights are from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Diabetes Prevention Program, which guides diabetes education sites to effectively deliver the National DPP program.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the National DPP curriculum and evidence-based program;

  • Developing a goal-oriented plan by using motivational interviewing skills for behavior change;

  • Encouraging group participation and interaction, and facilitating commitment to activities and participant retention;

  • Learning the principles of behavior change, including motivational interviewing and facilitation techniques; and

  • Building skills that support the ability to guide behavior change efforts in others without prescribing personal actions or solutions.

Registration is limited to 18 people. Priority will be given to facilities that are expanding their reach of DPP or starting a new program. Completing the pre-registration process does not guarantee a seat. If your organization is accepted, you will be sent a link to formally register. To complete the pre-registration by Oct. 7, please click here. Funding for this program is provided by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health Improving the Health of Illinoisans through Chronic Disease Prevention (CDC-DP18-1815).

There is no fee for the training. Participating organizations will receive a program stipend if a new cohort or program is started by March 31 and the organization participates in the monthly technical assistance and webinars. More information on the stipend will be shared with those accepted into the training.

Contact us with questions.


CDC: 80% of Pregnancy-Related Deaths Preventable
More than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. between 2017-2019 were preventable, according to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC studied 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths among residents of 36 states. Among the findings of the study:

  • Pregnancy-related deaths occurred during pregnancy, delivery and up to a year postpartum.

  • The leading cause of pregnancy-related death varied by race and ethnicity.

  • 84% of pregnancy-related deaths were determined to be preventable.

The CDC study revealed that of the 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths, an underlying cause of death was identified for 987 deaths. Among the most frequent underlying causes of pregnancy-related death were mental health conditions, hemorrhage, and cardiac and coronary conditions.

Findings also show the leading underlying cause of death varied by race and ethnicity. Cardiac and coronary conditions were the leading underlying cause of pregnancy-related deaths among non-Hispanic Black Americans, while mental health conditions were the leading underlying cause of death among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white Americans. Hemorrhage was the leading underlying cause of death among those identified as non-Hispanic Asian Americans. Black Americans were disproportionately affected with 31.4% of pregnancy-related deaths.

For more information from the CDC about reproductive health, click here.


Baxter Recalls Clearlink Basic Solution with Duovent
Baxter Healthcare Corporation is recalling more than 511,000 Clearlink Basic Solution Sets with Duovent after increased reports of leakage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall, as use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

The Clearklink device is used as part of a system to administer drugs and solutions to patients, the majority of which are used for the delivery of hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapy.

Due to the leakage, healthcare personnel, patients and others could be exposed to potentially hazardous drugs that may be toxic and/or are irritants, according to the FDA. Leaks may also allow air into the set or breach the sterile fluid pathway; this increases the risk of air embolism and contaminated infusions. These issues could result in serious injury or death, though to date there have been 83 complaints with no reported injuries or deaths associated with the leak.

Click here for more information about the recall, instructions for healthcare providers and FDA actions. While a majority of the devices being recalled are outside the country, more than 53,000 of the devices were recalled in the U.S. 


ASPR TRACIE Resources for National Preparedness Month
In honor of National Preparedness Month, the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) has released an announcement highlighting several relevant ASPR TRACIE preparedness resources. The resources include the Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear Resources Page, the Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals (DASH) Tool, and the Healthcare Provider Shortages-Resources and Strategies for Meeting Demand


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,878 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 14 COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,161 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 148 patients were in the ICU and 57 patients were on ventilators.

The most recent update on the seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 24,766 doses. IDPH reported that 78.4% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.6% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 77.3% have been fully vaccinated, while 85.3% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.9% have been fully vaccinated and 81.6% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
Last week, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration, detailing policy solutions intended to help integrate mental health and substance use care into the larger healthcare system. The Roadmap is based on feedback from patients and providers that was provided during HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health, when HHS leaders traveled across the country to hear directly from the public about their mental health challenges.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling it a recipe for danger and warning young people about the dangers of social media challenges encouraging them to use over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to cook. According to the FDA, a recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat. The FDA says these trends misusing nonprescription medications can harm people and even cause death.