December’s Public Health Council meeting began with an update from Kevin Cranston, Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, on recently proposed amendments to infectious disease reporting regulations for laboratories. The proposed amendments were the subject of a public hearing in November which drew no oral or written public response. The Bureau of Infectious Disease therefore recommended the promulgation of the proposed amendments, and the Council voted to approve them.
In other business, the Council heard an informational presentation on proposed amendments to regulations which would expand access to preventive dental services through the administration of fluoride varnish and similar topical fluorides. The briefing was provided by Cheryl Bartlett, Director of the DPH Bureau of Community Health and Prevention.
The Council also heard a summary of the latest data on serious reportable events (SRE’s) in Massachusetts hospitals, which was provided by Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.
Finally, the Council voted to approve a request for transfer of ownership of Milton Hospital due to a proposed change of its corporate membership whereby Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center would become the sole corporate member.
Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015 posted on Nov 27
Rates of flu-like illness remain at low levels in the Commonwealth, according to the latest weekly flu report. We can expect these numbers to rise in the weeks and months ahead, however, so now’s the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t done …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015
Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting posted on Nov 23
“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers continue to bear the brunt of the burden of these potentially life-changing exposures. …Continue Reading Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting
Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 23
By Terri Mendoza and Gina Davin Thanksgiving is a time for food, thanks, love, family, friends, and more food. As wonderful as this time of year is, unfortunately it’s easy to get carried away with all of the holiday specialties and end up eating more …Continue Reading Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!