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Webinar: Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the U.S. are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies. The discussion will be on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

When:   Friday, October 31st / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Leaders from:

  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS
  • Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS
  • Department of Transportation

How:  Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Audio streaming for this call is also available at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=881903&s=1&k=9993B9653B997A940CA3801B5A9E9D4F

HHS held two previous calls, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola, on October 9th and October 20th.  Auto replays and transcripts of these calls are available at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx for your reference.

Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (eocreport@cdc.gov).

Ebola Webinars and More

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response:  What Every Nurse Needs to Know!

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Tuesday, October 28th / 1:00 pm (ET)

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care.  This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876357&sessionid=1&key=DA6329A9C22C23BA0036F2237092C24E&sourcepage=register

Webinar:  Lessons Learned from Texas:  How You Can Help with the Ebola Threat

Texas Nurses Association / Texas Organization for Executive Nurses / American Nurses Association

Thursday, October 30th / 1:00 pm (ET)

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September.  The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves.  This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876407&sessionid=1&key=0CFA0456213478871C0F3045B4DA70DC&sourcepage=register

FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.  The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA.  This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released:  http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/ucm161496.htm#ebola

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&SourceID[]=128

Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage.”  The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.”  This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs:  http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/10/paloma-and-alisha-the-information-gurus-behind-the-u-s-ebola-response/

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance during the Open Enrollment Period (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / 10:30 – 11:30 am (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015.  This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.  Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options.  This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • This session will be meeting on a Tuesday, rather than our typical Thursday time slot
  • We will offer 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit for this single session

Navigating Health Information for Community Colleges

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Offered 2 different dates—choose the date/time you prefer

Thursday, November 13th / 1 – 2:30 pm (ET)

Wednesday, November 19th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=641

Summary:  This class is for community college librarians to learn more about how their students can research the health literature, find consumer health information, and to learn about mobile apps/social media to find what they need. The class includes introductions to PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Announcing the 2014 MAR National Medical Librarians Award Winner!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

National Medical Librarians Month gives information professionals an opportunity to market their services and highlight their contributions to research, education, and improved patient outcomes.  MAR wanted to acknowledge the valuable work our medical librarians do by sharing a library’s accomplishments, programs, or value-added services with others.

Congratulations to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  Their entry was randomly selected in the MAR National Medical Librarians Month contest to receive an award for registration and airfare to MLA 2015!

Take a look at all the submissions for this year’s contest:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/contest2014.

Updated CDC Guidance

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html
(this guidance was updated 18 Oct 2014)

Though these recommendations focus on the hospital setting, the recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any healthcare setting. In this guidance healthcare personnel (HCP) refers all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or aerosols generated during certain medical procedures.

The CDC is developing NEW PPE recommendations & as soon as they are published they will be pushed out.

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE/RECOMMENDATIONS:

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/guidance-safe-handling-human-remains-ebola-patients-us-hospitals-mortuaries.html
(updated 8 Oct 2014)

Ebola Medical Waste Management
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/medical-waste-management.html
(updated 11 Oct 2014)

Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/patient-management-us-hospitals.html
(updated 15 Oct 2014)

Travel Grants to CDC for Ebola Safety Training

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Travel Grants to Healthcare Workers Attending CDC Ebola Safety Training Courses http://www.isid.org/grants/grant_ebola_training_travel.shtml

ISID (International Society for Infectious Diseases) is deeply concerned about the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease currently occurring in West Africa. In response to this crisis, ISID is offering travel grants to individuals who are attending one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola treatment unit in West Africa. The 3-day courses will take place at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. The courses are open to healthcare workers from all over the world. The first course starts on Oct 6, 2014. Courses are free, but participants are responsible for paying for their own travel to the course in Alabama. The courses will help prepare healthcare personnel to provide medical care to Ebola patients in an Ebola Treatment Unit that has been established and is staffed by MSF personnel, or in a facility that maintains MSF standards of care, or in an Ebola Treatment Unit established and staffed by WHO personnel.

ISID Travel Grants of $500 each will be awarded to U.S. residents and $1000 to residents of other countries.

When and where will the course be held?

The 3-day course will run most weeks, usually Monday thru Wednesday, at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) http://cdp.dhs.gov/ in Anniston, Alabama, a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, GA. Sessions will begin on October 6, 2014. The course will be suspended during weeks containing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays; it may be suspended intermittently to revise course content and delivery.  Depending on demand, the course may be offered for longer than 3 months.

For more information about the CDC training course, see: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/safety-training-course/index.html

Ebola Information for Children and Families

Monday, October 27th, 2014

HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs.  You can get this resource at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/ebola-planning-considerations.

New Versions of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español Mobile Sites

Monday, October 27th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_medlineplus_mobile.html

Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI

Monday, October 27th, 2014

On November 5th, NCBI will have a webinar entitled “Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI.” This presentation will introduce you to how NCBI processes genome-level data and produces annotation through the prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome annotation pipelines and show you how to access and download these data from the NCBI site.

You will learn to find, browse, and download genome-level data for your organism of interest and for environmental and organismal metagenomes using the BioProject and Assembly resources. In addition to assembled and annotated data, you will see how to retrieve and download draft whole genome shotgun and read-level next-gen sequencing data from the Nucleotide and Sequence Read Archive (SRA) databases. You will also see how to access results of precomputed analyses of genomes, as well as perform your own analyses of assembled and unassembled genomic data using NCBI’s genome BLAST and SRA-BLAST services.

See materials and video from previous webinars and descriptions of upcoming webinars on the NCBI Webinars page.

* Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7154056329796392706
* NCBI Webinars: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/webinars/