Measles (Rubeola)

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak started in December 2014 and has spread to more than a dozen other states. CDC urges healthcare professionals to consider measles when evaluating patients with febrile rash and ask about a patient's vaccine status, recent travel history, and contact with individuals who have febrile rash illness.

Consider measles in patients with a fever, rash, and cough, coryza and conjunctivitis—the three “C”s. Ask if they are vaccinated against measles and whether they have recently traveled internationally or if there’s measles in the community.

CDC's Recommendations For Healthcare Professionals

Guaranteed Safe Staffing Ratios and Scheduled Shifts

JNESO nurses at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark became the first in the state to ratify a contract that guarantees safe staffing ratios and prohibits shift cancelations. Both of these provisions are essential to patient safety and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of care.
The agreed to staff ratio will be a minimum of one nurse for every five patients on a unit. By contrast, there are certain medical units in the state where one nurse is responsible for nine patients – a proportion that is deemed unsafe for patients and by medical professionals alike. Achieving a contract that provides for safe staffing ratios speaks to the professionalism and dedication of the union nurses at Saint Michaels.