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The American Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting

 

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American Public Health Association
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Since 2012, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has led the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as associate executive director. Also involved in education, he concurrently serves as a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Outside of these roles, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), which will hold its Annual Meeting & Expo from November 4-8, 2017.

The APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo will have a theme of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health and will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In addition to offering valuable networking opportunities with more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world, the event will feature several educational sessions, including APHA Learning Institutes, the Applied Public Health Statistics Luncheon and Lowell Reed Lecture, and scientific and poster sessions.

Businesses looking to gain exposure to public health professionals can sign up for a booth at the event’s Expo, which will offer valuable opportunities to build brand awareness through product sampling. By participating in the Expo, businesses will also get to interact firsthand with decision makers in the public health sector.

Those who cannot physically attend the Annual Meeting and Expo can attend key presentations virtually through live broadcasts or view them on-demand after the event. This year’s key presenters include Eriel Tchekwie Deranger of the Indigenous Climate Action and Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation. The APHA will also record some scientific sessions and interviews of thought leaders in the area of public health.

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AAP Urges Retesting for Lead Poisoning

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Lead Poisoning
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A physician and healthcare executive with more than three decades of experience, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, including clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher. In his current role, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the associate director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a position he has held for five years.

Upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises parents of children under the age of six years who have previously received a blood test to check for lead poisoning to follow up with their physicians to see if an updated test is warranted. According to the CDC and AAP, previously tested children with levels of up to 10 micrograms for each deciliter should receive another test, as it has been found that previous testing methods may be an unreliable when determining whether or not a child is suffering from lead poisoning.

The AAP stresses the importance of these tests given the serious health complications that can develop in children who experience prolonged exposure to lead-based materials. If a child is found to have an elevated amount of lead in their blood, the most common treatment is to move them out of the living situation or other places that are contributing to the problem.

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NICUs Should Have Adequate Disaster Plans

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva

A medical school graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is an accomplished academic, holding numerous degrees including an MBA from the University of Houston, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a JD from Marquette University. In his current role, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In a recent report found in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers studied methods for preparing neonatal intensive care units (NICU) for potential disasters. Because patients in these facilities are particularly dependent on fully functioning equipment at all times, the study authors felt it prudent to examine the disaster procedures in place in most hospitals.

The AAP already has guidelines in place for such occurrences, and this report adds additional recommendations. Response plans for natural disasters that involve in-house actions, as well as coordination with local and regional authorities, should be in place and practiced regularly. The report also lays out guidelines for the adequate staffing of NICU personnel, how to manage technology, and for providing assistance to the infant’s family.

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The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a highly educated medical administrator. He completed medical school at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, and he also holds a master of science in biostatistics from the Medical College of Wisconsin, an MBA from the University of Houston, a juris doctor from Marquette University, a doctor of epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a doctor of business administration from the University of Strathclyde. Drawing on his considerable knowledge and skill, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva wrote the second chapter of the 2014 edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.

In addition to Dr. Sachdeva’s chapter, “Quality and Safety in Healthcare for Children,” the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics contains valuable information on topics ranging from child and adolescent psychology to childhood metabolic diseases and general nutrition. This handy reference book is designed to help physicians quickly and easily identify clinical conditions and relevant treatments.

The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics has provided pediatric care solutions to physicians for more than 75 years. Elsevier Publishing released the most recent edition of this trusted resource as a two-volume set in 2015. Together, these volumes contain nearly 4,000 pages of essential information. The latest edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics also comes with access to a wealth of exclusive content on the Internet.

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Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy

 

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Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy
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An experienced public health professional and senior medical administrator, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva functions as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. As part of his work with the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the project director and a principal investigator for the Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy project.

Conducted in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation, the Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy project was undertaken with financial support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration. From 2004 to 2008, the project worked to improve access to comprehensive and coordinated pediatric epilepsy health care services in underserved areas of California, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Part of the project’s mission was to apply the advancements of the adult epilepsy Project ECHO within the pediatric setting. Short for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, ECHO was developed to treat chronic and complex cases of epilepsy in various rural and underserved populations of New Mexico.

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About the SCCM-Weil Research Trust – Society of Critical Care Medicine

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SCCM-Weil Research Trust
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A professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also serves as the medical director of quality initiatives and the director of subspecialty pediatrics with the Academy. An active member in his professional field, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva belongs to several medical organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Open to professionals who provide care to injured and critically ill patients, the Society of Critical Care Medicine is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care in the field of intensive care. To ensure patients receive the best care possible, the society offers fundamental courses so health care institutions can evaluate and improve the skills of their clinicians, fellows, residents, and students. As an additional resource for intensive care units, the SCCM sponsors the SCCM-Weil Research Trust.

An extension of the preexisting SCCM-Weil Research Grant program, the trust funds research grants awarded by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Named for the society’s founder, the SCCM-Weil Research Trust is awarded each year at its Critical Care Congress. Grant applicants must be current SCCM members in good standing and may designate a SCCM mentor if the applicant is within 10 years of his or her training completion date.

Successful applications are judged for their approach, significance, innovation, institutional support, and overall experience. Funding grants may be as much as $50,000, and indirect budget costs may not exceed 10 percent of the grant total.

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Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality – Hospital-Acquired Conditions

 

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Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality
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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as a physician and health care executive for more than three decades. In addition to his role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, since 2011, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the principal investigator for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

With the goal of acquiring evidence to create safer, higher quality, more accessible health care, the AHRQ works alongside organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

One way in which the AHRQ helps disseminate the information gleaned from their research and surveys is through a popular new media form, the infographic. One such infographic outlines the recent decrease of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). HACs are illnesses patients did not have when admitted to the hospital, but with which they were infected during their stay, such as surgical site infections, pressure ulcers, and adverse drug events.

This survey found that between 2010 and 2014, there was a 17 percent reduction in the number of hospital-acquired conditions – or a total of 2.1 million conditions avoided – resulting in 87,000 preserved lives. This decrease also meant a savings of almost $20 billion in hospital costs.

The full details of this study were compiled in an AHRQ report entitled “Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update,” which was published in December of 2015.