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In this issue: Emergency Exercise at Hilo Medical Center | Let Your Kids Eat Dirt? | Infection Control Conference | Nursing Scholarship Fundraiser | AHA Webinar

February 3, 2017

Requirements of Participation Education

L-R: Cindy Meiers, administrator at Kulana Malama; Coleen Kojima, administrator at Oahu Care Facility; and Denise Bilodeau, administrator at Pearl City Nursing Home, engage in a communication exercise during the skilled nursing facility Requirements of Participation workshop this week
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Libao-Laygo.

More than 70 nursing home executives attended the two-day Requirements of Participation workshop this week featuring top experts in quality from the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the national industry group for skilled nursing facilities.

The event at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach focused on the changing requirements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Dr. David Gifford and Lyn Bentley from AHCA conducted the two-day program.

The workshop included interactive exercises on leadership and communication, and covered topics such as discharge planning, changes to the care planning process, new policies and procedures, new requirements on quality assurance and quality improvements, staffing stability strategies, and improving a nursing home’s Five Star rating.

Emergency Exercise at Hilo Medical Center

A team moves a Bio Isolation Chamber or ISOPOD into the negative pressure room at Hilo Medical Center where the (volunteer) patient actor is to be placed inside for the transport to Oahu. The drill allowed emergency responders and transportation officials to practice handling a patient with a dangerous infectious disease.

HAH Emergency Services teamed up this week with a group of state, federal, and Hawaii County emergency responders to practice the procedures needed in handling a traveler who becomes ill with a suspected dangerous infectious disease.

The exercise was the first time a full scale exercise involved the transport of a potentially highly infectious patient (a volunteer), and it allowed the participants to test their emergency response plans and procedures.

“We captured a lot of great lessons learned,” said Chris Crabtree, DrPH, CEM, director of HAH Emergency Services.

He thanked the participants, which included the U.S. Coast Guard, Hilo Medical Center, Straub Medical Center, the state of Hawaii Department of Health Disease Outbreak Control Division, Hilo International Airport, Hawaii County Fire Department EMS, and American Medical Response.

The drill scenario involved a volunteer patient actor who arrives at Hilo’s baggage claim from overseas with fever and cough, and who is suspected of having MERS-CoV, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, an acute respiratory illness.

The patient is eventually transported to Hilo Medical Center, where the hospital’s infectious disease plan is activated. The patient is later sent to Oahu, where the HAH Emergency Services Infectious Disease Strike team uses the bio isolation chamber or ISOPOD to take the patient actor to Straub Medical Center via AMR.

In the scenario, the patient passes away, and the simulated disease remains were contained via BioSeal.

Let Your Kids Eat Dirt?

Is over-cleanliness harmful to children?
Find out at a free public lecture and book signing on Feb. 7 by B. Brett Finlay, PhD, co-author of the book “Let Them Eat Dirt, Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World.”

The book signing starts at 6 p.m. at the UH Manoa Campus Center, and the lecture starts at 7 p.m.

Finlay is the co-author of the book, which has been widely covered nationally for its ideas about the microbial world and child rearing. He is a professor of microbiology at the University of British Columbia, a founder of the biotech companies Inimex and Vedanta, and is a world leader in how bacterial infections work.

The public lecture is an opportunity for healthcare workers, expectant parents and parents of young children to hear how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development.

For more information e-mail

Infection Control Conference

Health professionals working in infection control may register for the Assuring Infection Control in the Pacific: Shifting from EVD to EID conference until close of business today, February 3.
Click here to register.

The conference takes place on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. Attendees will be able to gain insight on implementation of infection control guidance in the real world, and learn from the experiences of those who managed patients with emerging infectious diseases (EID) such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Speakers and panelists include experts from NYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue, Children’s National Health System, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), and local healthcare facilities.

There will be opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with panelists, colleagues and partners. Space is limited for the conference, which is free of charge and designed specifically for healthcare professionals working in infection control.

It is sponsored by the Department of Health and includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, refreshments, and fully validated parking.  For registration questions, please contact:

Nursing Scholarship Fundraiser

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Nursing Alumni Association is holding its 3rd Annual Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser, "Honoring the Past, Transforming the Future," on March 9 to benefit UH Mānoa Nursing students.

The fundraiser will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.  The RSVP deadline is Thursday, Feb. 23.

Inductees to the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame will be honored. They are Barbara Mathews, MS '77, BS, RN, executive director (retired) at the Hawai'i State Center for Nursing, and vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer (retired) at The Queen's Medical Center; and Sally Kamai, MBA-HCM, BS '83, RN, director, clinical improvement at Hawai'i Pacific Health.

Individual tickets cost $100; for UH Manoa students tickets cost $50. For questions or more information, please contact Desiree Uyeda at (808) 956-2904.

Purchase tickets or tables online via Eventbrite or click here.

AHA Webinar

The American Hospital Association and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management will offer the next webinar in their “Hospitals Against Violence” series on Feb. 15.

Titled “Risk Violence in Health Care: Promoting and Creating a Culture Shift to Universal Precautions,” the webinar will start at 10 a.m. Hawaii time.

In this session, the speaker will provide a framework and some practical strategies to assist organizations in making the necessary shift to a culture that is “zero” tolerant for patient aggression and establishes universal precautions for its staff.

By the end of this program participants should be able to:
  • List multiple reasons for the persistent tolerance of aggression in health care settings
  • Describe the effects of patient aggression on both patient and staff safety
  • Discuss strategies that promote and create a culture of zero tolerance and universal precautions for staff 
The speaker is Monica Cooke, RNC, MA, CPHQ, CPHRM, FASHRM, who has more than 38 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and substance abuse in both administrative and executive quality/risk positions.

She is the founder of Quality Plus Solutions LLC, a behavioral health risk and quality management consulting firm that provides on-site risk assessments as well as risk and quality support for behavioral health, emergency rooms, and acute care settings. She provides legal nurse expert services, and as a Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse, Monica continues to work two shifts a month as an RN in a detox and rehab treatment setting.

Click here to register.

Please note that all access information, including toll free dial-in number and call passcode, will be provided via email after you register. For additional resources, please visit

HAH Events

The Importance of Advance Care Planning Webinar
Feb. 7
10:00 - 11:00 am HST
CEU now available! This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Hawai’i Chapter (Approval HI62792016-128) for up to
1 Social Work continuing education contact hour.

RAC Certification Course
Feb. 22 - 24
Arcadia Retirement Residence
$575 for AANAC members; $775 for non-members
Register here and click on “Honolulu” under the "class dates and locations" section or call 877-777-5463.

Medicare University 3-Day Intensive Seminar
Feb. 27, 28, and March 1
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arcadia Retirement Residence
Register here and click on “Honolulu” under the "class location and date" section or call 877-777-5463.

HAH Annual Meeting
July 18
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

HAH Advocacy Day
August 22
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

HAH Awards & Scholarship Gala
October 21
Ko'olau Ballrooms
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