CDC On Friday, in today’s bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Louisiana, Georgia and Minnesota, health alert providers issued an increase in hospitalizations associated with enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
- California/Louisiana: sutter health When oxner health On Tuesday, Ochsner Health CEO Warner Thomas announced he would be leaving the healthcare system to serve as CEO of Sutter Health, effective December 1. January. Ochsner Health’s board of directors has appointed his CFO, Pete November, to replace Thomas as effective November 1. ‘ said Gubby Barlow, chairman of Sutter Health. (Kachiku, modern healthcare9/13)
- Georgia: On Friday, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network Advisory Alert Provider for an increase in hospitalizations related to EV-D68. EV-D68 usually causes the common cold, but can lead to a form of progressive paralysis called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Between April and August, there was a significant increase in EV-D68 cases among children tested at New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN) facilities, according to the CDC. Between July and August 2022, he reported more cases at the NVSN facility than in 2021, 2020, and 2019. AFM’s. “EV-D68 is back this year and is trending in the US.” Children’s Hospital Coloradowarned that previous increases in enteroviruses have preceded spikes in AFM. so that these cases can be diagnosed quickly and managed appropriately.” (D’Ambrosio, MedPage Today9/10; Joseph/Brunswell, statistics9/12; CIDRAP News9/9)
- Minnesota: About 15,000 nurses were forced out of seven health care systems in the Minneapolis and Duluth areas Monday in a three-day strike. This is the largest strike ever by private sector nurses. Higher salaries will help improve patient care and alleviate the problem of staffing shortages exacerbated during the pandemic, according to nurses seeking pay raises. Former veteran Tracey Dittrich said nurses are fed up with “hospital administrators and managers telling you to do more.” Dittrich said the hospital should raise nurse salaries and hire more nurses and support her staff. “We have a shift with three critically ill patients, and we have to decide which patients get treatment and when,” Dittrich said. We work with them, and one child had to wait for medication, another had to wait for an IV, another might have had to wait for respiratory therapy. We couldn’t get to them all fast enough.” (Ahmed/Elke, Associated Press9/13)