Flash FAX : 2008-01-25 - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ELECTIONS

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      PROFESSIONAL STAFF ELECTIONS
      During the month of February, we will solicit nominations for the three
      major professional staff leadership positions. These are: the chair of
      medicine, the chair of surgery and the chair-elect of the professional
      staff. Of note, the chair-elect will come from the pool of active surgery
      department professional staff members.  If you are an active member of the
      professional staff and would like to nominate a colleague for one of these
      positions, please submit the nomination in writing to Jeff Adam, MD,
      Robert Myers, DO, or Tom Murphy, MD.  Please identify yourself as the
      nominator (to allow confirmation that you are an active member of the
      professional staff).  Failure to provide your name as the nominator will
      invalidate the nomination.  The deadline for receipt of the nomination is
      February 29, 2008.

      HEPARIN AND NORMAL SALINE PRE-FILLED FLUSHES ARE RECALLED
      AM2 PAT, Inc., notified health care professionals and patients of a
      nationwide recall of all lots of both Heparin and Normal Saline pre-filled
      flushes.  These products are distributed under two brand names, Sierra
      Pre-Filled Inc., and B. Braun.  The products are sold in 3ml and 5ml sizes
      for Heparin and 3ml, 5ml and 10ml sizes for Normal Saline. One lot of
      Heparin IV flush syringes (1003-02, Lot 070926H) was contaminated with
      Serratia marcescens, which has resulted in patient infections.  This type
      of bacterial infection could present a serious adverse health consequence
      that could lead to life-threatening injuries and/or death.
      User facilities and consumers should stop using the product immediately,
      quarantine remaining inventory and return the product to their respective
      distributor.  For a complete list of the recalled products, see the Recall
      Notice.

      COUGH AND COLD MEDICATIONS IN CHILDREN LESS THAN 2 YEARS OF AGE
      The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) informed consumers and health care
      professionals that the agency has completed its review of information
      regarding the safety of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines in
      children under 2 years of age and recommends that these drugs not be used
      to treat children in this age group because serious and potentially
      life-threatening side effects can occur.  The FDA’s recommendation is
      based on both the review of the information the agency received about
      serious side effects in children in the referenced age group and the
      discussion and recommendations made at the October 18-19, 2007, public
      advisory committee meeting at which this issue was discussed.  The FDA has
      not completed its review of information about the safety of OTC cough and
      cold medicines in children 2 through 11 years of age.  See the FDA Public
      Health Advisory for Agency recommendations regarding this issue.

      EVENTS ON THE HORIZON
        February 2008—Nominations for professional staff leaders
        Professional Staff Banquet—March 7, 2008. Look for invitations soon.

 

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