Clinical Alert: Candida auris

Candida auris is a rare, multidrug-resistant yeast which can cause severe fungal infections in hospitalized patients.  The CDC issued a Clinical Alert to U.S. Healthcare Facilities in June 2016.  They have also provided additional information at:

Additional information is also available through the Werner Medical Library by clicking on the linked title:

You can also “Email a Librarian” to request additional literature on this or any topic.

 

 

Fact Sheet: ACS-COT Trauma Designation

New York State adopted the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) standards and verification process for the State’s trauma system in 2013.  The ACS-COT standards allow for four levels of trauma center.  Level 3 and 4 trauma centers are community hospitals which dedicate their resources to receiving and stabilizing severely injured patients and then transfer those patients to level 1 or 2 centers.

Steps in the New York State process include:

  1. Attendance at state trauma committee meetings
  2. Consultative visit from ACS-COT
  3. Prior to the consultative, the hospital needs to have in place:
  • Trauma service
  • Trauma medical director
  • Creation of a trauma registry
  • Data submission to the NYS Trauma Registry
  • Data submission to the National Trauma Data Bank
  • 9-12 months of trauma data
  • Performance improvement process  – doesn’t have to be fully developed by the consultative visit

4.  After the consultative visit report, the hospital has 2 years to request an ACS-COT verification visit

5. Once verified, the hospital must schedule a verification visit from ACS-COT every 3 years

 

New York State Department of Health links:

New York State Trauma Program

New York State Trauma Program

 

There are four hospitals currently designated as Level 3 in New York:

Canton-Potsdam Hospital        50 Leroy St        Potsdam, NY 13676        (315) 265-3300

Southhampton Hospital        240 Meeting House Lane        Southampton, NY 11968       (516) 726-8200

St Elizabeth Medical Center        2209 Genesee St        Utica, NY 13501        (315) 798-8100

St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital/Newburgh        70 Dubois Street        Newburgh, NY 12550        (845) 561-4400

 

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma links:

American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT)

Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient (2014)

      Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014/Resources Repository

      About the Verification, Review, and Consultation Program    

 

Other links:

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses

American Trauma Society

National Trauma Data Bank

Trauma Center Association of America

Verified Trauma Centers FAQs  (American College of Surgeons)

Patient satisfaction when leaders round

How do patients perceive hourly rounding? Bragg L,  et al.  Nurs Manage. 2016  Nov;47(11):11-13.

Implementation of Daily Senior Leader Rounds Using a Transformational Leadership Approach. Manss, G. Nurse Leader. 15 (1) 2017, 65

Hourly rounding is key contributor to patient-centered care at high-performing
hospitals. ED Manag. 2015 Oct;27(10):109-13.

Does purposeful leader rounding make a difference? Winter M, et al. Nurs Manage. 2015 Feb;46(2):26-32.

First time rounding experiences for non-clinicians: the Cleveland Clinic experience. Greenwald LR, et al. Am J Med Qual. 2015 Mar-Apr;30(2):167-71.

The keys to making executive rounding a success. Stempniak M. Rounding into shape. Hosp Health Netw. 2014 Jul;88(7):20, 22.

Hourly rounding toolkit. (2014).  Press Ganey.

Hourly rounds and the patient experience. (2015).  Press Ganey.

From the Library to the Bedside

 

Trained hospital volunteers ask patients on 5200 if they would like to receive educational materials from the library.  The librarian fills the requests using reliable resources including MedlinePlus, ExitCare and Lexicomp.

After receiving patient education materials from the library, most patients rate themselves as “well-informed” about their requested topic.

When these patients completed the HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey, this library service was linked to a better patient experience. The program has recently expanded to 5100.

Read more about the Health Information Ambassador Program at Rochester General Hospital on page 6 of: January2017ConsumerConnections  published by the Consumer Health section of the Medical Library Association.

 

Looking for Cancer Statistics?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has published its annual report estimating new cancer cases and deaths for 2017.  The Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 report includes estimates by cancer site, sex, and state.  Another report entitled Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures (2016-2017) by the ACS and the National Cancer Institute provides statistics on cancer survivorship for some of the most common cancers.  This data can also be found in the January/February 2017 issue of the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians which is freely available to the public.

Need a Nursing Procedure Stat!

Nursing Reference Center is a point-of-care evidence-based resource and includes:

  • Quick lessons – disease and condition overviews
  • Evidence-based care sheets – summaries about the best treatment options for diseases/conditions
  • Skills & procedures – how to perform the skill, and why the skill should be performed

 

Nursing Reference Center is available through Care Connect:

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Nursing Reference Center is available on the library website

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Download the Nursing Reference Center App from the main page 

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Need more information on RGH procedures?                                                                             June Nursing Grand Rounds    Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Where to Find Them

Need help with your weight loss or nutrition New Year’s resolutions?

If you made a resolution to lose weight or improve your diet in 2017 – check out our recommended links at Nutrition-Diets-Weight Loss to help you reach your goals.

Need a few simple ideas that you could do today to improve your health? Try these from FamilyDoctor.org 

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

Residents thrive when they have access to medical libraries

Accrediting bodies for residency programs require institutions to provide access to information resources and services.

For example, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) states that internal medicine, OBGYN, and pediatric residents must have appropriate reference material and medical literature databases. The ACGME requires physical, human, and educational resources for education in family medicine, and for radiology residents, a medical library with textbooks and journals in radiology. The Commission on Dental Accreditation states that library resources with dental information should be available for general practice dental residents.  Finally, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists requires pharmacy residents to have references and relevant information databases.

Rochester Regional Health provides residency training programs in internal medicine, dentistry, diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, neurological physical therapy, pediatrics, pharmacy, podiatry and surgery.

Werner Medical Library is proud to support these residency standards.  In addition to a robust collection of journals, textbooks and databases, each residency program is assigned their own librarian to help residents find and  evaluate appropriate evidence-based information for patient care.

 

ASHP accreditation standard for postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2014.

ACGME common program requirements. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 2016.

American Dental Association. Commission on Dental Accreditation. Accreditation standards for dental education programs. 2015.