A free webinar entitled Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Device Reprocessing and Sterilization will be offered on July 12, 2017 (11:00 am EDT). This webinar will address the importance of bedside nurses in device reprocessing and sterilization, the current state of device reprocessing and sterilization policies and regulations, and the bioburden and importance of assembly/disassembly of tools in decontamination.
On June 29, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS 1674-P) that would update payment policies for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2018.
The ANNA Online Library features a new program entitled Spanish Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals. This interactive, self-paced online course is designed to help teach the novice or native speaker Spanish medical terminology. The course includes three modules: (1) Spanish 101: The Basics, (2) Visiting the Medical Office, and (3) In the Examination Room.
ANNA’s Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs) have developed a new Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) resource sheet entitled Administration of Blood During Hemodialysis in the Acute Setting.
On May 19, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Candida auris (C. auris) cases identified in U.S. healthcare facilities through May 2017. C. auris is an emerging fungal infection that presents a global health threat because it causes serious infections, is often drug-resistant, and spreads in healthcare settings. In June 2016, CDC released the first clinical alert about C.