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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:15

Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th- and 20th-century policies around proper care. She was known for her night rounds to aid the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 09:02

Each year the Save Lives: Clean your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day, and the World Health Organization urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. Learn more about the campaign by visiting the WHO site, and get involed on social media by using the hashtag #cleanyourhands & #worldhandhygieneday.

In recognition of this campaign, OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature the video (Hand Hygiene) by Debra Morrow.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 15:01

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month". It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate each other about these diseases. There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies, and the rate of allergies is climbing – pollen, skin, latex and more. 

Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans. More than 6 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma, and ten people a day die from asthma. World Asthma Day is May 2nd. This is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 13:18

OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the release of our newest simulator, The Hemodialysis Simulator. The HD simulator offers stand-alone education on initiating and managing a child on hemodialysis, including setting up an HD circuit, selecting a prescription, monitoring a patient, assessing laboratory results and managing clinical complications. The hemodialysis simulator provides an interactive and scalable experience for the learner to acquire basic knowledge about hemodialysis, practice their skills in a safe environment, and receive direct feedback on their actions, all while controlling the pace of their learning. 

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 10:20

Nearly half of the world's population is at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths. Increased prevention and control measures have led to a 29% reduction in malaria mortality rates globally since 2010. Since 2000, malaria prevention has played an important role in reducing cases and death, primarily through the scale up of insecticide-treated nets and indoor spraying of insecticides.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 20:00

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember and emphasize the importance that families and communities play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This year's theme for National Child Abuse Prevention month is "Building Community, Building Hope." According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services website, "Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being." The U.S Department of Health & Human Services has developed a list of resources to help support providers in their work with parents, caregivers and children to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:44

World Health Day, originally created to celebrate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), is celebrated annually on April 7th. Each year the World Health Organization uses this day as an opportunity to draw attention to various global health issues. The theme for 2017 is Depression: let's talk.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 15:39

The World Health Assembly Executive Board has unanimously recommended the adoption of a resolution addressing improvements to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sepsis globally.  From the Global Sepsis Alliance website:

The WHA Executive Board has unanimously decided to recommend the adoption of a resolution on sepsis to the World Health Assembly (WHA).

The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO. It meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 member states. Its main purpose is to determine the policies of the WHO.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:23

In January of last year, OPENPediatrics released our video, The Iron Lung and Polio by Dr. Mark Rockoff. In this video, Dr. Rockoff talks about the history, development, and use of the iron lung in response to polio. The video featured a fully restored iron lung built from abandoned or discarded parts found at the Lakeville State Hospital in Massachusetts. Developed in the late 1920's, the iron lung was originally used to help patients breathe who had limited or no control over their respiratory muscles due to disease or illness.