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  • 09/10/2019 - 15:49

    Sepsis is a global health crisis. According to the Global Sepsis Alliance, It affects 27 to 30 million people every year and kills 7 to 9 million people. That is one death every 3.5 seconds. Many surviving patients suffer from the consequences of sepsis for the rest of their lives. 

    In advance of World Sepsis Day on September 13, we are featuring some of the sepsis resources we have available on our website.

     

                          

     

    OPENPediatrics sepsis resources:

  • 06/13/2019 - 18:03

    Interested in training games and simulations? Try out the vHealthcare Portal from BreakAway, LTD.

     

    The vHealthCare Portal from BreakAway, LTD is a 3D medical simulation platform for students and practitioners in healthcare that provides dozens of games and simulations to keep all your life-saving skills up to date. It provides a realistic problem context where players take on clinical roles and apply medical concepts and principles, all in a virtual environment.

    To try a sample set of BreakAway’s simulations and games, click here to register and you will be taken to a page called “Your Content,” where everything can be played for free.

  • 05/01/2019 - 04:00

    There is no cure for asthma and allergies, but many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Asthma and allergies affect more than 60 million Americans - including more than 6 million children under the age of 18. 

    Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month". It's peak season for those with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, families, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases. Check out the AAFA site for some interesting "ready to tweet" FAQs and join the global conversation. 

  • 02/28/2019 - 18:13

    Every 9 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.

    The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness by conducting an awareness campaign every March. Children 14 and under make almost half a million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury annually. The theme for the 2018 through 2020 campaign is #ChangeYourMind.

  • 01/31/2019 - 05:00

    Did you know about 1 out of 100 babies are born with a congenital heart defect and about one in four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease? 

    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 https://theheartfoundation.org

  • 12/01/2018 - 05:00

    36.7 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS. Despite being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day campaign is Rock the Ribbon. Rocking a red ribbon not only completes any outfit; it shows everyone – especially people living with HIV and their families – your support. There is no cure, and people still face ignorance and discrimination that can limit their opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. 

  • 10/12/2018 - 19:05

    International Infection Prevention Week will be October 14th-20th 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 2018 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Protecting Patients Everywhere. Learn more at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) website. IIPW is one week of recognition, but infection preventionists are committed 365 days a year.

    October 15th is also Global Handwashing Day - a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

  • 09/10/2018 - 18:56

    Did you know that in the developing world sepsis accounts for 60-80% of lives lost per year? Even though sepsis is the #1 preventable cause of death, it is largely unknown to the public and is poorly understood by healthcare workers in developing areas. In advance of World Sepsis Day, September 13, we are featuring some of the sepsis resources we have available, such as this month's Physician World Shared Practice Forum Improving Outcomes in Pediatrics: Lessons Learned from Pediatric Sepsis with Dr. Thomas Shanley

  • 05/01/2018 - 17:36

    National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. 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.'

  • 04/27/2018 - 16:35

    Healthcare-associated infections (infections acquired during health care delivery) are common and are risk factors for developing sepsis, but they are also very preventable. Effective hand hygiene plays a key role. May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, and the focus is on prevention of sepsis in healthcare. 

    Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. If not recognized early and managed promptly, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure, and even death. It is a serious complication of infection, particularly in low and middle-income countries where it represents a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.