- California: The San Francisco Department of Public Health has announced the launch of a new Mental Health Triage Warm Line to provide support to individuals with mental health issues "before they reach a crisis point." The line is operated by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco and is funded by a $1.2 million grant under the state Mental Health Services Act (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 8/28).
- District of Columbia: The NICU at MedStar Washington Hospital Center last week celebrated two years without a single central line-associated bloodstream infection in an infant. To achieve the goal, the facility designated a dedicated insertion team that makes sure that an infant truly needs a central line before it is inserted. The team then creates a sterile field and methodically moves through its task list while a nurse watches for contamination. Two years ago, the NICU almost reach the two-year mark, but had to "reset the clock" after an infection occurred (Reed, Washington Business Journal, 8/28).
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- Louisiana: Officials from St. John the Baptist Parish say that Naegleria fowleri—a deadly amoeba that can infect the brain—has been found in the county's water system. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals last week issued an emergency order for the county to perform a chlorine burn throughout its water system to kill the amoeba. According to the officials, no one has become sick from the amoeba (Dall, USA Today/WWLTV, 8/28).
- West Virginia: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) last week announced that September would be "Infant Safe Sleep Month" as part of a statewide educational campaign to prevent infant deaths. Hospitals, including Princeton Community Hospital and Bluefield Regional Hospital, are partnering with the state for awareness events (AP/Washington Times, 8/29).
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