March 2018

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American Hospital Association (AHA) Training Physicians on Caring for Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is considered the modern form of slavery impacting every state, gender, age group and ethnicity.  Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 1,523 calls regarding human trafficking that resulted in 404 cases in the state of Indiana alone.  According to the AHA, in 2016 over 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States.  A 2017 survey report from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) found that over half of labor and sex trafficking survivors surveyed had accessed health care at least once while being trafficked.  The AHA has developed a series of webinars aimed at healthcare providers to educate on caring for these victims.


Click here to listen to previous webinars and watch for upcoming events.

Fairbanks Lunch & Learn: Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship Application Process

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Indiana University Health sponsors a nine-month, part time fellowship aimed at training health care professionals in clinical ethics, including ethics consultation and ethics research.  Graduates become capable members of the ethics community, resources for their colleagues facing ethical challenges in patient care, and have the potential to become leaders in the field of medical ethics.  Physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and professionals in other health care-related disciplines are invited to apply for the 2018 – 2019 Clinical Ethics Fellowship with the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. 

For more information about the fellowship and for a link to the application, click here or attend this information session below:

Visiting Scholar Lecture: State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care



Recall Alert: Medtronic Defibrillators

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have identified a CLASS I recall for certain Medtronic implantable cardioverter defibrillators and Medtronic cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators.  A Class I recall is considered the most serious form of recall.  Due to a defect in the manufacturing process may prevent the device from deliver the electrical shock needed to apace a heartbeat or revive a patient in cardiac arrest.  Click here for the full article and list of serial numbers impacted by this recall.


FDA Drug Safety Communication: Clarithromycin (Biaxin)- Potential Increased Risk of Heart Problems or Death in Patients With Heart Disease

On February 22, 2018, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a drug safety communication advising providers to use caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (BIAXIN) to patients with heart disease.  Click here for more information.

Indiana One of 22 States Seeking to Overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

On February 26, Indiana, along with 21 other states, filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) citing that ACA "...forces an unconstitutional and irrational regime onto the States and their citizens."  and requesting the Court deem ACA as unlawful and enjoin its operation now that congress has repealed its tax-based penalties.  Click here for more information.


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