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NewsCAP: From the Agencies

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: April 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 4 - p 17
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000482131.36188.98
In the News

This new periodic section of In the News will highlight announcements from U.S. and global health agencies to keep you informed of health care trends and policies in rapidly changing delivery systems.

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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Between 2014 and 2015, 36 cases of hepatitis C infection in patients undergoing dialysis were reported at 19 different U.S. clinics. In response, the CDC has issued recommendations on infection control practices for dialysis providers, patients, and health departments: http://1.usa.gov/1OPY4TV.
  • The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has posted updates of its recommendations for vaccination against human papillomavirus, influenza, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid, and yellow fever: http://1.usa.gov/1RkbKr9.
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From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force:

  • The task force now recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women: http://bit.ly/1PPHX6j.
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From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • The agency will reexamine its current policies on opioid regulation, changing opioid labeling and requiring more extensive postmarketing research, refining guidelines on use, and prioritizing the development of alternatives, according to a special report in the New England Journal of Medicine: http://bit.ly/23NbU0Y.
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Regarding the Zika Virus:

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has published updated interim guidelines on the care of obstetric patients during a Zika virus outbreak: http://bit.ly/1P9wNtp.
  • Three agencies have released recommendations concerning blood donation by travelers to regions affected by the virus. The American Red Cross recommends self-deferral for 28 days (http://rdcrss.org/1UKqyAf); the World Health Organization recommends 21 days (http://bit.ly/1QfS5ts); and the FDA recommends four weeks for at-risk donors who haven't traveled to active areas and no donation, for now, for those who have (http://1.usa.gov/1mFUbGX).
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