The King County Medical Society (KCMS), founded in 1888, is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to representing Seattle and King County physicians and their patients by promoting best practices in medicine and raising public awareness of issues critical to quality patient care and public health.

 

News

Seattle-area nurse watched for possible Ebola infection

A nurse who returned to the U.S. from Africa, where she had treated patients with Ebola, is being monitored for 21 days – the disease’s incubation period. So far, she has shown no symptoms of the disease, The Seattle Times reports.

Ebola safety video available soon

A training video being filmed in Seattle will soon be available to cities and fire districts, The Seattle Times reports. It will demonstrate what contagion experts believe may be the most dangerous part of dealing with Ebola cases: shedding protective gear without coming into contact with anything on it.

Tapping mobile phone records could help monitor Ebola

Mobile phones could be invaluable in the battle against Ebola, not just for sending people public-health information or letting them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate. Analyzing those data records has proved helpful in tracking the spread of diseases in the past, The Economist reports. But there are obstacles.

Ebola outbreak: What clinicians need to know

Infection control and triage

Using proper infection control measures is crucial for preventing transmission of infectious diseases. Serious communicable diseases such as MERS and Ebola virus disease are making headlines, and flu season is looming. It’s crucial that appropriate infection control precautions are taken on a daily basis for every patient.

To protect your health care workers and patients from infectious diseases in health care settings:

  1. Review and ensure implementation of proper infection control procedures during all stages of the patient encounter;
  2. Review triage protocols for early identification to trigger appropriate infection control response; and,
  3. Take extra steps specifically for Ebola.

Resources for physicians

Resources for patients

News and other resources

CDC boosts efforts to prepare health care workers for Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide more outreach to U.S. health care workers, including webinars and conference calls, to help better prepare physicians and hospital staff. Public Health – Seattle & King County also offers plenty of information on Ebola.

Other news

Hospitals still struggle with familiar infections

While Ebola grabs the headlines, more than one in six hospitals has trouble eradicating more familiar but sometimes deadly infections, Kaiser Health News reports. About 75,000 people who’ve been hospitalized die each year from infections – more than auto accidents and gunshots combined.

Fecal blood test could save more lines than colonoscopy

State public-health programs could screen more low-income and uninsured people for colorectal cancer by using stool sample blood tests instead of colonoscopies, saving up to four times as many lives, Health Behavior News Service reports. Colorectal cancer kills about 50,000 people in the U.S. each year, making it the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.

US adults born abroad have lower vaccination rates

With electronic medical records, should doctors read or talk?

Damage Control: Youth Sports Concussions

Increasing regulation and awareness around the causes and effects of sports-related concussions is leading to greater safety among young athletes. Physicians Leah G. Concannon and Stanley A. Herring of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program explore the latest developments in youth concussion management in their Bulletin article PreventableTragedies. Click here to download the article. 

Social Media Guidelines

Check out the latest addition to our Practice Resources: tips for how to make appropriate use of social media from the Washington State Department of Health, Federation of State Medical Boards and more.

Health Care Coverage Enrollment Help

WA_Healthplanfinder_RGBAs of Oct. 1, 2013, individuals became eligible to enroll for health coverage under the new Washington State Healthplanfinder. For 2014 coverage, the Open Enrollment period ended March 31, 2014.  The Open Enrollment Period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. Individuals may also qualify for Special Enrollment Periods outside of Open Enrollment depending on their circumstances. Enrollment is ongoing for those who are qualified for Medicaid/Apple Health. Or, if your life situation changes, you might be able to enroll in a subsidized plan.

King County and partner organizations periodically host events where you can get help enrolling for health insurance coverage. Certified customer-service experts are available at each event to provide individual help as you compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and, if eligible, gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing, and public programs such as Medicaid. In order to enroll, you will need to know your birth date, social security number, and income. Legal immigrants will need to supply a passport, or other immigration documents.

To find out more about how and where to enroll,  consult Public Health – Seattle & King County’s enrollment event calendar. Event listings are updated regularly, so check for updates.

Education & Events

Visit our Education and Events page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Continuing Medical Education opportunities throughout the Seattle-King County region; and
  • Free access to Heal-WA, an online medical library featuring tool kits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks, and journals.