Safe Injection Practices Coalition Training Video!
February 26 9:10 AM
I leave Sunday to work on Monday in Atlanta with our wonderful partners at the CDC. As part of the One and Only Campaign materials, we are making the training video. I have the honor of doing the introduction. The video has five segments, each respresenting what what wrong in recent American outbreaks - and how these situations could be, can be, easily avoided. I am ready for my close-up!
AANA conference; Desai; Parker sentencing.
February 25 3:29 PM
What a great crowd! About 500 attended my presentation this morning at the AANA conference in San Antonio. The title was "Infection Control from a Patient's Perspective." Particularly humbling because it was the first annual "John S. Gard Memorial Lecture." Gard was the longtime ED of AANA; he died suddenly last July. I saw a lot of old friends, and met a lot of new ones. Thanks to everyone for their great ideas! Thanks for approaching me after my talk!
I was informed today that Dipak Desai, formerly of Las Vegas, lost his medical license. When I receive more information I will comment on this.
I was also notified that Kristen Parker, who was responsible for the Denver outbreak, was sentenced today to 30 years. I wrote and we submitted a letter to the editor of the New York Times...stating that we need to engineer safety into the system. So no matter who is involved in our healthcare, things like the Denver outbreak will never happen again.
Evelyn McKnight at AANA conference tomorrow
February 24 9:46 PM
Evelyn is in San Antonio speaking at the annual American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Convention in San Antonio; on Sunday she will be at the CDC helping to make, and "starring in," the Safe Injection Practices Coaltion One and Only Campaign Training Video! She will also be voicing the PSA (along with Victoria Nahum of the Safecare Campaign) for the New York roll out of the One and Only Campaign!
Scientific Advisory Board
February 24 9:42 PM
We have great prospects for the HONOReform Scientific Advisory Council. Richard Caizza, noted engineer of safety devices, and Pam Dembski Hart, who has great knowledge of and experience in heatlh regulation, have agreed to become our advisors!
Results of Advocacy Conference; Dr. Peter Pronovost.
February 24 9:38 PM
Our contingent was extraordinary: we visited 45 offices, had 8 meetings with members of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health (trying to secure the congressional hearing on healthcare associated infection), 3 meetings with members of Congress, 2 meetings where the member said hello, and 2 meetings with leaders of Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions.
On Monday we had a great meeting organized by our director Ron Noecker. At Johns Hopkins we visited with Dean Martha Hill and Dr. Peter Pronovost. Among other things Pronovost is known for establishing a revolution in patient safety through his checklist concept. We hope HONOReform will find a way to work with Pronovost and his team!
First day of Advocacy Conference!
February 22 9:05 PM
Many thanks to all our great advocates! Wonderful meetings today on Capitol Hill capped off by 15 of us at a great meeting with Senator Johanns! We meet tomorrow on the Capitol Steps for a photo shoot. This is great support for our two asks: extension of programmatic funding from the CDC for tracking and detection of healthcare-associated infections (including $5 million to extend the One and Only Campaign) and funding for ASCs and for the VA; and the request for HONOReform to have a congressional hearing.
February 20 12:15 PM
The announcement last week of an outbreak in a Tampa area holistic medicine clinic gives us even more reason to visit lawmakers on the Hill on Monday and Tuesday. Our dedicated volunteers from Florida will make visits for us. A full statement by Evelyn in response to the Florida outbreak is on the main page of our web site. Thank you for your support of prevention of unsafe injection practices.
HONOReform Web Site Launch!
February 1 2:03 PM
Welcome to our expanded Web site!
On behalf of the many people throughout the United States who have been affected by unsafe injection practices and other healthcare acquired infections, thank you for your support. It is our aim to have the updated HONOReform Web site serve as an information hub for patients, consumers, healthcare professionals, advocates, lawmakers, scientists, concerned citizens, and others. To that end, I invite you to please contact us anytime. As we work together to create safe environments that are supported by adequate legislation, please feel free to share your experience, insight and resources. Please call on me anytime.
Co-founder, President, HONOReform