Friday, May 20, 2016

Reminder May 26, 2016 Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting

You are invited to attend our next Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 11:00-2:00 PM in the Sabin-Cleere, located on the first floor of Building A on our Cherry Creek Campus. Please note, this meeting will begin an hour earlier than previously held meetings. 

For meeting agendas, handouts, etc. please go to Click on the folder labeled "5/27/16 meeting." We recommend that you return to this site on the day of the meeting to check for additional or revised meeting materials. 

Telephone and web conferencing is available. Due to the limited capacity of the meeting space on this date, we highly encourage participation by telephone and/or web conferencing. 

To participate via Web: 

Step #1: Go to 
The Adobe Connect screen will appear entitled "Assisted Living Advisory Committee Meeting" 
Step #2: Click "OK" option after you have read the text box message
Step #3: You will now be in the Virtual Meeting Room

Directions on how to participate once you have entered the room are in the "Meeting agendas, handouts, reports and minutes" link above.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection: test.htm 
Get a quick overview:

To participate by telephone:
Step #1: Dial 1-712-432-3066 
Step #2: When prompted, dial participant passcode
Step #3: You will be on music hold until a few moments before 12:00 PM.
Step #4: Very important: Please press 4* and mute your telephone to prevent background noise. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question, press 4* to unmute. When you are finished talking, please re-mute your telephone using 4* again. 
Very Important: Do not use speakerphones or wireless headsets; they are not compatible with the audio conferencing technology.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Topkoff at or call 303-692-2848 at least a business day in advance of the meeting.

Epinephrine Autoinjectors (EPI Pens)

This is a notification to inform you about House Bill 15-1232 that was passed last year with regard to the emergency use of epinephrine auto-injectors (EPI Pens).

Colorado law now allows businesses to stock and administer epinephrine auto-injectors, including EpiPen, AuviQ, or other types of auto injectors. Under the law, an employee or agent at a business may use an auto-injector on any individual believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis.

In 2015 the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division (DCEED) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received guidance in the legislation to provide a training for the use of an epinephrine auto-injector which shall include a certificate of completion. A link to this required training is provided on the webpage mentioned below.

In addition, the use of epinephrine auto-injectors at your business must be reported to DCEED. A link to that reporting site is also included on the webpage mentioned below.

You can find more information about the epinephrine auto-injector here:

Lastly, DCEED is required to create an annual report, and to report to the legislature in 2016 if additional guidance is necessary.

For more information you may contact 

New Regulations Requires Pesticide Training for Public Employees in Health Facilities

New Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) regulation became effective January 1, 2016, requiring business entities who apply a general use pesticide on public property or at private business locations, including sensitive sites such as the property of hospitals and health care facilities required to be licensed from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, be trained in the core elements of pesticide safety and use prior to making pesticide applications. General use pesticides (GUPs) are over-the-counter products that do not require licensure to use. This applies to any business, public or private.

CDA's rule is based on new statutory requirements in the Pesticide Applicators' Act which were passed by the Colorado legislature in 2015. In addition to health facilities, it also applies to schools and day care centers across the state. CDA'S rule was finalized in December 2015. The new law requires training for persons using a pesticide that requires mixing of a concentrate into a separate container from the original at all sites. In addition, for the application of ready to use (RTU) general use pesticides (those that do not require mixing and loading, pre-mixed pesticides that remain in the original container, aerosols, etc.) when made at sensitive sites such as schools, day care and health facilities; training is required to use RTU's in these areas. 

Fortunately, CDA and the Colorado State University have developed a free on-line pesticide safety training course to address this new requirement, which is available to all effected entities. 

We encourage you to review the Rule requirements, which can be found in Part 16 of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Pesticide Applicators' Act(

CSU offers a free online pesticide training course ( On the web page, look under the heading "Colorado Department of Agriculture's Basic Pesticide Online Training for Non-Registered Limited Commercial and Public Applicators." The course is approximately 2.5 hours.

If you have any questions, please contact John Scott, Section Chief of the Pesticides Program at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, or 303-869-9056.

Clean Hands Count!

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. 

On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

The CDC has released a new "Clean Hands Count" campaign urging healthcare professionals, patients, and patients' loved ones to prevent healthcare-associated infections by keeping their hands clean

Visit to learn more and download the clean hands count fact sheet!

Please distribute widely within your organization for healthcare providers.

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

Please contact Alana Cilwick (303.692.2727) or Injection Safety Coordinator at CDPHE.