You may be aware of a recent issue involving labeling of latex containing syringe tip caps. Specifically, the tip caps of the prefilled syringes of the following vaccines may contain natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals:
Although no adverse event reports have prompted labeling changes, each of the affected manufacturers is working on this issue with FDA to ensure that the prescribing information, package labeling, and provider communications contain important information about the latex content of flu and non-flu vaccines.
In the event that we learn of manufacturer labeling efforts impacting timing of product delivery, we will share that information with you.
Private providers will receive this information in their vaccine shipments directly from the manufacturers. However, public vaccine shipments distributed by McKesson will not include this information. Therefore, please share the attached flyers with this information regarding the possibility of latex in tip caps of prefilled syringes with your colleagues.
The Board issued Advisory Ruling 10-01: Management of Patients Receiving
Analgesia by Catheter Technique to guide the practice of the Registered Nurse who, as a
function of their employment or setting, have clinical responsibilities that include
administration and management of analgesic medication by catheter technique.
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On June 30, 2009 the agency known as the Department of Mental Retardation changed its
name to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
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Every individual has their own way of
responding to stress and stressful
situations. Anyone can develop healthy
emotional resilience techniques to assist
them in their day to day activities at
home and work.
By learning to access and practice
positive skills, characteristics and habits
when dealing with the stress of our
daily lives, we will be better prepared
for more challenging times.
Paying attention to your behavioral
health is essential in maintaining your
overall health. It will help you to be
better prepared to care for yourself,
assist your peers, and those whose care
you may be responsible for during a
crisis or disaster.
The MA Department of Mental Health,
in partnership with
the MA Department of Public Health
and Lisa Kaufman, ATR-BC, LADC1
have created a series of 3 training
modules for you and your organization.
The series is presented in a Train the
Trainer format. Each module in the
series includes a CD with the materials
for you to train all 3 sessions. We
recommend that the trainings be taken
in sequence as the skills and concepts
build from one module to the next, but
you may elect to participate in the session(s) that would be most beneficial for you and your organization.
Licensed nurses teaching the activity of epinephrine administration to unlicensed persons (UP) who, through their employment, encounter persons who may require emergent administration of epinephrine from a pre-measured device designed for self-administration is an acceptable nursing practice.
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The newly revised Advisory Ruling 9324: Verification of Orders specifies the role and responsibility of licensed nurses who, as a function of their employment or setting, receive, accept, and transcribe orders from duly authorized prescribers by a variety of methods and in a variety of situations. Licensed nurses must perform in a safe, efficient and effective manner.
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(DHPL) has implemented a new on-line licensing system. Nurses licensed by the Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) can now use our new web site to:
•Renew their licenses, including Advanced Practice authorizations, 24/7 via a secure internet connection, using a credit card or electronic check
Request and pay for a duplicate license
Change a license address
Registered Nurses who renew their nursing licenses on-line will complete a survey designed to collect nurse workforce data. The DHPL, in collaboration with the Board, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Division of Primary Care and Health Access, will use the survey data to study trends in nurse supply and demand. The survey instrument is based on the national Minimum Nurse Supply Dataset, a standardized set of core items to align nurse workforce data collection across the country. Currently, 34 other states collect some portion of the Minimum Dataset.
A similar survey is planned for the 2011-2013 LPN renewal cycle beginning in the Fall 2010.
To access the new system, visit www.mass.gov/dph/boards and use the link under "On-line Services."
Link to resource sheet from the Mass DPH
Below are links to examples of excellent tools developed by the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence that you can tailor to your workplace.
These two are examples of the forms "prepare for doctor's visit" have demonstrated in pilot studies to improve health care visits.
Things to talk to your Doctor about today.pdf
Make the Most of Your Office Visit.pdf
The PDF of their H1N1/flu fact sheet will also be available in additional languages. As with all Partnership materials, it is open source. They will post the "raw files" on their website www.partnershipforhealthcare.org so organizations can brand or customize as they see fit and will update information about the vaccine as it becomes available.
H1N1 public brochure.pdf
Greater Boston Chapter Structured Mentoring
ABC's of Medical Surveillance
Utilization Review in Massachusetts-DIA
The Art of Prevention: Integrating Disease, Illness and Injury Prevention
into your Nursing Practice
A Practical Approach to the "Allergic Employee"
Police/Fire Wellness Standards
New OSHA Recordkeeping Changes
Employment Law Update: Recent Supreme Court Case Limits Definition
Respirator Fit Testing Methods: ANSI/AIHA Z88.10-2001
Lists of Internet Resources:
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