Thursday, March 26, 2015

*Correction* 60 Second Check For Resident Safety

*A previous message sent out 03/17/2015 contained the wrong link to the 60 Second Check information. The correct message and link are below.*

Between 2008 and 2012, 13 outbreaks of hepatitis B virus infections occurred in Assisted Living Facilities, almost all of these outbreaks were directly related to assisted blood glucose monitoring among residents with diabetes. 

In response to this preventable safety concern, CDPHE has created a series of 60 Second Safety Checks focused on safe care in the Assisted Living Facility. 

The linked 60 Second Check is focused on the 7 essential steps to prevent unintended harm related to lancing devices. Please take 60 seconds to review the steps and share with others in your facility, including those that do not administer injections.

Please distribute widely within your organization.

Do you have an upcoming training that might benefit from Infection Prevention and/or Injection Safety materials and/or guest speakers? 

Please contact April Burdorf (303.692.3514) at, Injection Safety Coordinator at CDPHE.

Visit the following link to access previous 60 Second Check resources.

Electronic Death Registration System (EDR) Training and Access Forms

Hands-on training will be provided at locations throughout the state. These trainings are offered from May through July. There is no cost. Online training, via COTrain, will be available as well. COTrain details will be posted in approximately three weeks.

An Access Request form must be completed by those who wish to use the EDR system (user ID, password, PIN).

Both forms, and additional information, are available at

If you have questions, please contact Renee Bear, Field Liaison, at or 303.692.2179

Integration updates for HCBS-DD/SLS/CES Providers

We have updated information regarding the ongoing integration of the Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) survey unit to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. We have made updates to the following topics: 
(1) the process for establishing a Health Facilities portal account
(2) revised plan of correction time frames
(3) and the new process for Community Centered Board involvement regarding exit conferences and survey report distribution. 

For details please go to 

Please feel free to call or email to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at the contacts listed below:

Kara Johnson-Hufford, Section Manager - IDD Community Services
303.692.2808 or email

Judy Hughes, Senior Branch Chief - Health Facility Quality
303.692.2908 or email