Palliative Care: A Basic Human Right for Patients Facing Serious Illness

Palliative Care: A Basic Human Right for Patients Facing Serious Illness

Submitted by: Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN® November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year's theme is "Meeting You Where You Are." Patients and healthcare professionals don’t understand the distinction between these two medical terms. Hospice care...

Connecting the Dots: Antibiotics, Immunizations and Sepsis

Connecting the Dots: Antibiotics, Immunizations and Sepsis

Hats, mittens, cough drops and Kleenex become common shopping list items as the winter season approaches. Protection against the cold and supplies to fight a cold seem to be connected. Infections are a growing health concern and the Great Plains Quality Innovation...

CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians, Pharmacists and Public Health Partners Need to Know about Antibiotic Prescribing and COVID-19 | November 18

CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians, Pharmacists and Public Health Partners Need to Know about Antibiotic Prescribing and COVID-19 | November 18

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published several studies characterizing antibiotic prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic in outpatient, nursing home, and hospital settings. Findings from...

Great Plains QIN Webinar: Cross-Cutting Strategies to Improve Infection Prevention & Control​ | November 16

Great Plains QIN Webinar: Cross-Cutting Strategies to Improve Infection Prevention & Control​ | November 16

Attend this Webinar to explore cross-cutting strategies to improve infection prevention and control. The Great Plains QIN team will explain how to use the performance tracking tool in your auditing/surveillance program​ and how to improve and/or implement competency...

C. diff is Estimated to Cause Almost a Half a Million Infections In the U.S. Each Year

C. diff is Estimated to Cause Almost a Half a Million Infections In the U.S. Each Year

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is a germ that causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. The CDC estimates C. diff impacts almost half a million people in the United States each year and an estimated 29,300 deaths. C. diff is a bacteria spread by microscopic...

Upcoming Partner Events You Don’t Want to Miss | Continuing Education Offered

Upcoming Partner Events You Don’t Want to Miss | Continuing Education Offered

⇒ Geriatric and Age-Friendly Webinar Series | What Matters: IP Collaboration to Enhance Wellness through Functional Activities November 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM CT Presenter: Sclinda Janssen, PhD, OTR/L, CLA, Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks...

Native American Cultural Awareness Four-Part Series | November – December 2021

Native American Cultural Awareness Four-Part Series | November – December 2021

This four-part webinar series will enhance cultural awareness and understanding of the Great Plains Tribes. Participants will be introduced to cultural customs, norms, protocols, and healing practices to help health care teams improve their delivery of care when...

AHRQ Releases New App to Help Spanish-Speaking Patients Prepare for Medical Appointments

AHRQ Releases New App to Help Spanish-Speaking Patients Prepare for Medical Appointments

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a Spanish-language update to QuestionBuilder, an app intended to help patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. QuestionBuilder en español, released in conjunction with Hispanic...

Health Literacy: Clear Communication Improves Outcomes

Health Literacy: Clear Communication Improves Outcomes

Personal health literacy is when individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services for health-related decisions for themselves and others. Complicated and unfamiliar words leave nearly nine out of ten American adults struggling to...