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The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Infection Control at Healthcare Facilities

Action requested:  Healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics and doctors' offices) that utilize reusable medical devices should arrange for a healthcare professional with expertise in device reprocessing to immediately assess their reprocessing procedures. This assessment should ensure that reprocessing is done correctly, including allowing enough time for reprocessing personnel to follow all steps recommended by the device manufacturer. Read More >>
Monday, August 24, 2015

Suicide, Hepatitis C & Influenza vaccination

Action requested: Screen patients for suicidal potential.
Action requested: Test for hepatitis C.
Action requested: Be aware of current recommendations for influenza vaccination. Read More >>
Monday, August 3, 2015

Pertussis & Ebola

Action requested: Consider pertussis when patients present with prolonged coughing.
Action requested: Continue to screen for travel to western Africa, but be alert to causes of disease other than Ebola. Read More >>
Friday, July 17, 2015

Electronic drug delivery devices

Action requested: Consider commenting on possible prohibition on the use of electronic drug delivery devices (EDDDs, AKA vapor devices, e-cigarettes, etc.) in public places throughout Snohomish County. Read More >>
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Pertussis, Measles & Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines

Action requested: Screen patients with respiratory symptoms for travel to the Middle East or South Korea.
Action requested: If pertussis is suspected in a student, test, treat, and exclude the student from school.
Action requested:  Be alert for possible measles in persons who visited certain Seattle locations on May 30.
Action requested: Follow the updated Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015.
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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.