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  • 01/30/2018 - 22:01

    One in four deaths in the United States is a caused by heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the country. 

    February is Heart Health Month, and you can make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease.

    These strategies include:

    • Making heart-healthy choices
    • Knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease
    • Having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health.

    Learn more about heart disease and the ways you can get involved in this campaign at www.theheartfoundation.org

  • 11/27/2017 - 15:10

    December 1st marks World AIDS Day. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the HIV virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

    World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day.  Learn more about how to become involved by visiting worldaidsday.org

    The 2017 campaign is Let's End It: 

  • 11/15/2017 - 13:09

    November 12th-18th is National Nurse Practitioner Week! National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate and recognize all of the hardworking nurse practitioners worldwide. Nurse Practitioner's (NPs) play a huge role in the healthcare industry offering high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care. NPs diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries; they order, perform, interpret and supervise diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays; and they prescribe medications and other treatments. In addition, NPs partner with their patients, providing health education and counseling, thus guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices, which ultimately may lead to reduced health care costs. 

  • 11/08/2017 - 16:36

    Did you know 1 in 7 births is affected by Gestational Diabetes? World Diabetes Day (WDD) is November 14th and it is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

    This years theme is Women & Diabetes. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Join the campaign by using the following hashtags: #Diabetes #WomenandDiabetes #GestationalDiabetes #Empowerwomen #Diabetesawareness #T1D #T2D #Bluecircle #Right2Health

  • 11/03/2017 - 19:02

    Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every 20 seconds. Together we can ensure the fight against pneumonia is won.

    World Pneumonia Day brings people from all over the world together uniting to demand that something be done to fight the pneumonia illness. World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organizations to look at ways of combating the disease.

    It's marked every year on 12 November to:

  • 10/25/2017 - 19:05

    Every year, 1 in 150 people who have uncontrolled seizures dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, known as SUDEP.
    The Epilepsy Foundation has celebrated National Epilepsy Awareness Month since 1969. In 2003, November was declared as National Epilepsy Awareness Month. 

    People living with epilepsy can start to #AimForZero seizures with these behaviors:

    1. Take medication as prescribed
    2. Get enough sleep
    3. Limit alcohol
    4. Strive to stop seizures

    Join the campaign by using the #AimForZero hashtag during the month of November. Also, use the #ShareMySeizure hashtag which is an education and awareness initiative conducted cooperatively between the Epilepsy Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • 10/23/2017 - 18:21

    Each year, Respiratory Care Week is celebrated in the last full week of October to recognize and honor all of the hardworking respiratory therapists worldwide. The American Association for Respiratory Care offers some great tools on their site to help institutions celebrate this week. Download the National Respiratory Week Planning Guide for events and activities you can organize to celebrate the respiratory therapists in your institution. Be sure to participate in the global conversation on social media with the hashtag #RCweek17. 

  • 10/16/2017 - 17:58

    Did you know October 17th is World Trauma Day? World Trauma Day was started in New Delhi, India in 2011 with the goal of setting aside a day to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) trauma is a major cause of death and disability across the world. In India alone, approximately 400,000 lives are lost every year due to road accidents and the resulting trauma. WHO research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with immediate pre-hospital care. 

    In support of World Trauma Day OPENPediatrics is featuring our trauma resources, such as our video "Trauma Evaluation in the ICU" by Dr. Christopher Weldon. In this video, learn about how to systematically evaluate a patient with a traumatic injury. 

  • 10/11/2017 - 16:46

    OPENPediatrics is excited to announce the launch of our latest course, Aligning Patient-Provider Expectations for Informed ConsentThis course, produced in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice,​ focuses on improving communication and relational skills during the informed consent process to better align provider and family expectations, with a specific focus on surgical informed consent.

  • 10/09/2017 - 14:47

    International Infection Prevention Week takes place the third week of October each year, and raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Each of us—patients, families, and healthcare personnel—has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection. Do your part—and hand hygiene is key! 

    The 2017 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Antibiotic Resistance. Learn more at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) website. Also, be sure to participate in the Twitter chat on October 17th using hashtag #IIPWChat and #IIPW.