Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On November 25, 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a health alert network (HAN) broadcast regarding Ebola screening for travelers from Mali.
Click here to view the HAN message with background information and guidance, or cut and paste this URL into your browser: 

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/HAN%20update%20-%20Ebola%20Mali%20Screening%20Nov252014.pdf.

Key points are:
- Since November 10, CDC has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners in response to reports of a cluster of Ebola cases in Bamako, Mali. Public health authorities in Mali and Guinea are actively investigating a number of confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali in recent days. 

- Clinicians and triage staff should ask about travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea OR MALI (in West Africa) in the past 21 days for any patient experiencing fever or other symptoms of Ebola (severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage), and ask about exposure to persons with Ebola.

- Effective Monday, November 17, people arriving into the United States whose travel began in Mali are subject to the same enhanced entry screening activities, including health and Ebola exposure assessments that are already in place for travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

- All travelers entering the United States from Mali are subject to the 21-day active post-arrival monitoring and movement protocols now in effect for travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with twice-daily temperature and symptom checks performed by local public health authorities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CDC reference materials have been updated with this new screening information. Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease:
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ed-management-patients-possible-ebola.html.

TB Update and Skin Testing Practicum for Health Care Providers

The Denver Metro TB Clinic and the Colorado Coalition Against Tuberculosis invite nurses and other health care providers from home health agencies and long-term care facilities to attend a tuberculosis update and skin testing practicum on Thursday December 11th from 12:30 PM to 5 PM in the Public Health Auditorium, 2nd floor at Denver Public Health. 

Course Objectives are:
- Express an increased and updated knowledge of TB infection and TB disease
- Demonstrate their skill in placing and reading the TST

For more details and a link to register go to:http://denverhealth.org/ForProfessionals/ClinicalSpecialties/PublicHealth/TuberculosisServices/TBEducation.aspx.

To register go directly to: http://www.cvent.com/d/p4qvrj/4W

For more information please contact Kerri McClory at 303-692-2638 or kerri.mcclory@state.co.us

LTC IDR Committee Meeting 12/2/14

The LTC IDR Committee meeting scheduled for 12/2/14 has been CANCELLED. No IDR requests were received by the date necessary to process the requests for review at the 12/2/14 meeting.

The next scheduled LTC IDR Committee Meeting is 1/06/15 at 1:30 p.m. at CDPHE.

Long Term Care Rule Revision Meeting Agenda-December 9, 2014

Please click here the following documents for the LTC Rule Revision Meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014:

Meeting Agenda
November 10, 2014 Meeting Summary and Attendance List
Draft Revisions to Parts 01, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter V)

For additional information concerning the December 9, 2014 meeting, please contact Karen Osthus, Policy Analyst at 303-692-2862 or Karen.Osthus@state.co.us