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Pain Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month. For more information, please visit the American Chronic Pain Association.

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Healthcare Environmental Services Week

Healthcare Environmental Services Week

September 10th through the 16th is Healthcare Environmental Services Week. For more information, please visit the Association for the Healthcare Environment.

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Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

The American Hospital Association hosted a webinar that is an extension of the “Social Determinants of Health Series: Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals” guide; which featured innovative practices Arkansas Children’s Hospital and ProMedica implemented to identify and reduce the prevalence of food insecurity in the communities they serve. Because only 20 percent of health can be attributed to medical care, hospitals are recognizing the effects socio-economic factors have on health.

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Podcasts on Violence Prevention

Podcasts on Violence Prevention

As part of the Hospitals Against Violence campaign, the AHA interviewed various hospitals across the country that have institutionalized a violence prevention program upon learning violence is a prominent health issue in the communities they serve. Listen to some initiatives hospitals have adopted to combat violence in their community.

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Stemming the Opioid Tide in Rural Communities

Stemming the Opioid Tide in Rural Communities

The epidemic of death and despair caused by heroin and prescription painkillers has hit every corner of the country, but it’s had a greater impact in poor, rural communities throughout the U.S. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, while the overall number of opioids dispensed dropped between 2010 and 2015, prescriber habits still vary widely from one county to the next. In 2015 — the year with the most recently available data — six times more opioids per resident were doled out in the highest-prescribing counties compared with the lowest-prescribing ones.

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July)

Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Reducing Hospital Violence

Training, Partnerships are Key to Reducing Hospital Violence

Health care workers are increasingly becoming victims of violence-related injuries on the job. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that the violence injury incidence rate among Occupational Health Safety Network–participating facilities rose 65 percent for all health care personnel from 2012 to 2014. Workplace violence injuries increased by 55 percent among nurses during this time period.
Bonnie Michelman, executive director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the security consultant for Partners Healthcare Inc., says violence in the health care workplace remains a frequent challenge.

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Pet Therapy

New Nurses Specialize in Sepsis; Pet Therapy Works, but Follow the Guidelines

These nurses have a singular focus: Sepsis
Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News describes “a new breed of nurses” like those at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., whose exclusive responsibility is to care for patients with sepsis. Spotlighting one such nurse, Gorman writes, “She has a clear mission: identify and treat those patients quickly to minimize their chance of death. [She] administers antibiotics, draws blood for testing, gives fluids and closely monitors her charges — on a very tight timetable.” Every American hospital has programs to target sepsis, but some experts say more should consider specifically designating sepsis nurses and coordinators like the ones at St. Joseph.

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