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National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Friday, November 7th, 2014

John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, will present HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sharing how this widely used online tool delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm ET.
Instructions to join conference call/webinar and how to get MLA Continuing Education credit: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
HealthMap: http://bit.ly/1uH2Ko2

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources include:

  • a continually updated resource guide from the Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • links to the Emergency Access Initiative
  • a specialized database that provides an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to Ebolavirus
  • MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola in English and Spanish
  • a PubMed search

NLM Ebola resources: http://1.usa.gov/Zqjd1s

Webinar: Ebola Outbreak-Managing Health Information Resources

Monday, October 6th, 2014

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine:

WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources
The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. There is also considerable interest in related topics such as legalities of quarantine; ethics of vaccine development; shaming and isolation of Ebola survivors, family members of the deceased and Ebola orphans; food security; and the effects on healthcare for other medical conditions in areas with extremely limited resources. How does one make sense of the outpouring of information from news media, social media, publications and guidelines from international agencies, national governments, NGOs, and professional associations; situation reports; maps and other tools for visualizing the outbreak? What about health messaging materials like infographics, radio jingles, banners, TV interviews, and webinars? Join us to discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter: Cindy Love is a medical librarian with over 20 years’ experience in public health information management at the National Library of Medicine. As part of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Cindy has developed information resources for every major U.S. and international disaster in the last 5 years. She first co-authored a bibliography on “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” in 1996. It ranks #8,569,688 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books.

LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 9, click on http://1.usa.gov/1gK9mqU

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

Emergency preparedness Tips from Tots

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Get Ready Campaign from the American Public Health Association has published a 2015 calendar featuring emergency preparedness “Tips from Tots.”

From APHA:

“Each month features a different tot practicing emergency preparedness and dispensing helpful safety advice, including dressing for extreme weather, where to find shelter during a storm and what to include in an emergency supply kit.”

Download the calendar and see the adorable photo gallery: http://bit.ly/1uVZK2y

September is National Preparedness Month

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Get The 2014 National Preparedness Month Toolkit Now!  http://bit.ly/disastertoolkit

For more information and  ideas for National Preparedness Month  go to: http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh

 

Kids.gov September Calendar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

One Page First Aid Guides for Parents and Caregivers

Monday, July 14th, 2014

From Allergic Reactions to Warts, KidsHealth has one page first aid guides for 50 common childhood accidents and illnesses.  Parents, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers can bookmark the page and be ready to respond to (almost) any mishap.

One Page First Aid Guides (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1mCtws9

What to Include in Your First Aid Kit (KidsHealth): http://bit.ly/1sfiEDy

Webinar-From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Monday, July 7th, 2014

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Description: This one hour Webinar is geared toward the primary care provider who works in an office setting. The Webinar will offer general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. Tips will be shared on how pediatricians can work to improve preparedness in families with children with special health care needs, as they are more vulnerable in disasters. The Webinar will also assist pediatricians to take concrete steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning. To register, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/232227134, or e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org with your name and e-mail address.

Speakers:

  1. Scott Needle, MD, FAAP
  2. Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP
  3. Timothy Geleske, MD, FAAP”

See more disaster preparedness resources from AAP: http://bit.ly/1n0apna

CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A new iPad and iPhone app from the Centers for Disease Control helps hospital and pre-hospital personnel assess and treat injuries from explosions.

Learn more and download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1qDE9vY