March 9, 2018

Around the nation: Needle sharing in Indiana community fell after syringe exchange opened, CDC finds

Daily Briefing

    The needle exchange opened in 2015, after Austin, Indiana, became the epicenter of an HIV outbreak, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Indiana, and Kentucky.

    • Connecticut: Dawn Rudolph has been chosen as the next president and CEO of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, effective March 23. Outgoing St. Vincent's CEO Vicki Briggs was recently named CEO of UT Health Tyler in Texas. Currently, Rudolph is chief experience officer for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/7).

    • Indiana: Needle-sharing fell significantly in Austin, Indiana, after a syringe exchange opened, according to a new CDC report. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal's Laura Ungar, the exchange opened in August 2015, after Austin became the epicenter of the biggest drug-related HIV outbreak in rural America. CDC surveyed 124 injection drug users in Scott County about needle use before and after the exchange opened and found that the proportion of individuals who shared needles fell from 74% to 22% (Ungar, Louisville Courier-Journal, 3/7).

    • Kentucky: The state is responding to an outbreak of acute hepatitis that has sickened at least 142 people and resulted in at least one death, according to health officials. Megan Thielking in STAT News' "Morning Rounds" reports that many of the cases are in Louisville. The state health department is offering vaccines at no-cost to high-risk populations, such as individuals who are homeless or who use injection drugs (Thielking, "Morning Rounds," STAT News, 3/8).

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