Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Today's meeting of the Public Health Council began with the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request for a transfer of ownership of Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, by which Massachusetts General Hospital would become its sole corporate member. Following a discussion of the merits of the DoN request, the Public Health Council voted to approve it.
Following that, the Council deliberated the merits of final regulations brought to the Council by the Department on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Following a lengthy discussion between Council members and DPH staff, the final regulations were approved. Click here to see the final and approved regulations, and here for an updated FAQ on next steps in the process of implementing them.
The Importance of Hand Washing! posted on Nov 30
I spent the weekend preparing the house for Thanksgiving. In a drawer, I came across a bar of soap in the shape of a duck that I had received years ago. I had never used it because it wasn’t scented and it seemed too cute …Continue Reading The Importance of Hand Washing!
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