DIAGNOSIS OF PERTUSSIS AT DAYTON CHILDREN’S: The lab at Dayton Children’s
offers rapid diagnosis of whooping cough (pertussis) via PCR. There is an
ongoing concern over community outbreaks of whooping cough. Rapid
diagnosis is important for treatment and prevention. Our lab performs the
PCR testing for pertussis Monday through Saturday and can provide results
the same day if we receive the specimen by 10:00 am or next day if it is
received in the afternoon. We also offer free collection supplies and
courier service if you would like to collect these specimens in your
office. Contact Lisa Henderson at 937-641-3117 for more information.
EPIC UPDATE FOR PHARMACY AND E-MAR GO LIVE: Pharmacy and the electronic
medication administration record (MAR) are going live on April 22 at 12:01
am. This will mainly affect the pharmacy and nursing staff. Physicians
will still have the previous day’s MAR on the chart. On the morning of
April 22 you will have two MARs for April 21—one that covers medication
administration from 7:00 am to 12:00 am and the printed electronic MAR
from 12:01 am to 7:00 am. If you need to see the current day’s MAR you
will have to ask the nursing staff to pull up the electronic MAR for you.
During the week of April 22 you will see extra staff on the units in blue
shirts supporting the nurses through the go live. Questions? Call Julie
Deschenes at 937-641-3047.
JOB SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Over the years, the
number of requests from individuals who want to shadow a member of our
staff while they are working at Dayton Children’s has continued to grow.
Each of these activities requires us to complete a series of steps that
insure the person is adequately immunized, free of infectious diseases and
fully understands the requirements created by HIPAA. Recently, one of our
staff members was spending nearly half of her time supporting these
requests. We can no longer provide the support required to make this
program safe and effective. Therefore, if you are asked, please advise
individuals that we no longer can support the many requests that we
receive to job shadow our staff.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF DIVISION HEADS ELECTIONS: The deadline for return of
ballots for election of division heads at Dayton Children’s was last week.
Once the ballots are tabulated and the executive committee is able to
review the results and forward the names of those elected to the board of
trustees for their ratification, we will make the list public. To all of
those who took the time to cast their ballots, thank you.
“BUSTED FOR SNOOPING”: This is the title of a recent Modern Healthcare
article that notes 24 Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center
employees were either fired or reprimanded for “peeking at the medical
records of the now infamous mother of octuplets.” California regulators
are reviewing the case to decide if further action is likely. Over the
past three years, more than 100 workers at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical
Center “had peeked” at the records of Britney Spears, Farrah Fawcett and
Maria Shriver. As we come closer to full implementation of EPIC, we must
strike a balance between allowing employees access to records to do their
jobs, while limiting access to certain records if and when necessary.
Tracking systems allow us to determine every time someone looks at a
record. Once you access using your password, the trail remains available
for review. Unauthorized access will be addressed promptly and
aggressively. Lesson: if you have no valid reason to look at a record,
don’t look at it. Questions? Call Tom Murphy, MD, at
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