Latest info. for Hospitals re Flu

ADPH discontinues AIMS reporting – As of noon on Jan. 18, hospitals are no longer required to report flu information through AIMS.

Governor’s proclamation re. flu (includes guidance on alternative care standards)

Link to report influenza-related deaths – Hospitals must now be reporting adult deaths due to flu in addition to pediatric deaths.

Contact for approval of additional beds – Hospitals needing to temporarily increase bed capacity due to the flu should contact the ADPH Bureau of Health Provider Standards, Dennis Blair, blair@adph.state.al.us, (334) 206-5366.

Local health department flu clinics – If you want to refer people to local clinics, click here (please note that due to inclement weather, some dates may be cancelled this week)

ADPH Conference Call with Hospitals (recorded Jan. 12, 2018)

ADPH News Conference (recorded Jan. 12, 2018)

Utilizing advanced practice practitioners (APPs) in areas outside of their normal scope of practice or collaborative practice agreement.    Now that the Governor has issued the proclamation, hospitals have flexibility on this.  Until the state of emergency is rescinded, hospitals are able to utilize procedures included in their emergency op plans to utilize APPs where they are needed in order to continue to provide care to patients.   Approval of the collaborating physician is needed.   Hospitals that have questions, or need direction should contact Dawn Daniel, MSN, RN – BON Director of Advanced Practice.  daniel@abn.alabama.gov or 1-800-656-5318.

CDC recommendations for when infected hospital staff should be allowed to return to work.

AlaHA-sponsored staffing service – Great solution for temporary staffing needs. For additional information, contact Lacy Gibson, lgibson@alaha.org, or Jane Knight, jknight@alaha.org.

ADPH guidance re. flu testing:

  • The BCL is able to test the following specimens for influenza viruses and over 20 other respiratory pathogens: Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate/swab, throat swab, and nasal swab. Contact BCL at (334) 260-3400 with questions about specimen collection and shipping.
  • Submit specimens for patients with influenza-like illness for influenza testing (even if rapid diagnostic test is negative) if patient is pregnant, has recent international travel, or has exposure to pigs or backyard flocks.
  • All shipped specimens must contain a competed lab slip.
  • Influenza testing kits may be directly requested from the BCL by emailing flutestkit@adph.state.al.us.
  • Properly packed specimens may be brought to the local county health department for overnight courier service at no charge or may be shipped directly at provider’s expense to: ADPH/BCL, 8140 AUM Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117

Ala. Dept. Public Health Flu Resources – great for use with the public

♦  General guidance

♦  Posters and flyers to use with the public

 

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