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Ebola Webinars and Resources

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola (Call with HHS)

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs

 

Monday, October 20 / 1 – 2 PM (ET)

 

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/call/Pages/default.aspx

Following the call, please check this page for a transcript and audio file of this call.

Hospital executives, emergency management directors and safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

 

Dial In Information:

Toll Free – 888-395-7964

Participant Code – 9622268

 

A live webstream of this call is available at http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875793&s=1&k=1060AEB3C4A38A847A20460D9939A2AB

 

Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

How to Participate: Registration is not required.

 

  • Join early.
  • Line opens 15 minutes before the live call.
  • When possible dial in as a group.
  • High interest call.
  • If lines reach capacity, access on demand a few days after the live call.

 

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-455-9766(U.S. Callers)
  • Passcode: 5076538

 

Participate by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen only.

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875715&s=1&k=4A077209650AA3FEE1E439AE88CEAF39

 

Access on Demand:

Call materials (audio and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call. http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_102014.asp

 

Overview:

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in healthcare workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.

 

Presenter(s):

 

Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP

Clinical Team Lead

CDC Ebola Response

 

Diana Florescu, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Section on Infectious Diseases

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 

  1. Marshall Lyon III MD, MMSc

Associate Professor

Division of Infectious Diseases

Emory University School of Medicine

Webcast: Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): A Workshop

Institute of Medicine

Monday November 3rd / 8:30 am (ET)

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Research Council will organize a one-day workshop that will explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States. The workshop will focus primarily on basic science and environmental health research issues of specific concern to affected and potentially affected U.S. communities

Information about the workshop: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/EbolaTransmissionResearch/2014-NOV-03.aspx

Register for the In-Person Meeting or Webcast: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1848424/Research-Priorities-for-Ebola-Workshop-Public-Registration

Journal Article: Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine

Cynthia Love, Stacey Arnesen, Steven Phillips

This article, published in a special edition of “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” (DMPHP) journal, provides a review and summary of the information that the National Library of Medicine is providing in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, including access to the published literature, “grey literature”, genetic variance, and social  media. The special edition on Ebola focuses providing operational and policy level information to improve outcomes and decision making for all providers preparing for and responding to the outbreak, and all  full text articles are free.

Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9387998&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1935789314001086&specialArticle=Y

Find additional articles from the special edition: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialArticle?jid=DMP&bespokeId=11228

Searching for Drugs and Chemicals in PubMed (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Presenter: Sharon Dennis and Rebeeca Brown, National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: During this session, trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will help you become familiar with the NLM MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs, and to get comfortable with searching for drug information in PubMed. They will explain how chemicals, drugs and other substances are described in MeSH, discuss how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, and demonstrate how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Emergency Access Initiative for Ebola

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population.

As part of this initiative, Wiley is partnering with the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), which includes the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The free access period in response to the Ebola crisis is currently Free access period: August 12, 2014 – November, 14, 2014. Access to over 175 medical and scientific journals includes The Cochrane Library, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

For further information or questions regarding EAI resources, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov, or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.

To view the site visit: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

We want to share information sent recently to an NIH Emergency Preparedness listserv that may interest those working in K-12 schools…

From: Emergency Public Health and Medical Partners [mailto:ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Sloan, Nick
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
To: ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV
Subject: FW: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Please share as you deem appropriate with your school districts around the country.

Nick Sloan, CEM, TEM, HEM, CHS-I

Director of Emergency Management

Environmental Safety & Emergency Management

Subject: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

In an effort to keep districts informed so that they may respond to questions from concerned parents about the Ebola virus, we are sharing some resources provided by the Dallas Independent School District. The district hopes that the procedures and steps they took will be of assistance to other school districts should they have the unfortunate experience of having a school impacted by the virus.

Previously, we provided information from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control that might also be useful.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Elegantly Simple Evaluation: Talking to Health Care Providers about Patient Health Literacy

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

By Yawar Ali and Cindy Olney

As the child of a physician living in South Texas, I’ve witnessed a deficiency of health literacy in patients. I volunteered in my dad’s clinic over spring break. I also participated on a medical relief trip with my father to a nonprofit charitable hospital in Pakistan. At both places, I witnessed difficulty in patient health literacy. – Yawar Ali

 In June 2014, Yawar Ali, a rising junior from the South Texas High School for Health Professions, taught physicians and physician assistants in his father’s medical clinics about patient health literacy. He also introduced them to MedlinePlus as an important tool for their patients. Yawar evaluated his project and discovered valuable insight that helped him improve the impact of his project.

Yawar conducted this health information outreach project as an internship offered through the  ¡VIVA! (Vital Information for a Virtual Age) project.  ¡VIVA! is a high school-based initiative in which students are trained to promote MedlinePlus to their classmates, teachers, families, and community members.  It is a student organization led by librarians of the South Texas Independent School District, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funds the project.

He developed his presentation using health literacy materials available through the Medical Library Association and presented to three doctors and three PAs.  He taught them seven steps for addressing low patient health literacy and introduced them to MedlinePlus.

Yawar incorporated elegantly simple evaluation techniques into his project. Right after the presentation, he asked participants to complete a short evaluation form, asking them how likely they were to use the steps and promote MedlinePlus to patients.  They all responded positively, indicating good intentions.

Two weeks after the training, Yawar visited all of the health care providers to conduct brief semi-structured interviews. He asked if they had tried the steps and collected their feedback on the techniques. He also checked to see if they had promoted MedlinePlus to their patients. With some persistence, he was able to conduct a complete interview with each participant.

The feedback he received is of interest to anyone hoping to initiate health information outreach in partnership with primary care clinics, particularly in medically underserved areas:

  • The majority of Yawar’s participants tried teach-back, open-ended questions, and other techniques with their patients; but they were conflicted because such techniques added time to patient appointments. This interfered with their ability to stick to their busy schedules.
  • The health care providers were impressed with MedlinePlus, but they had convenient access to print materials from a database (Healthwise) that was integrated with the clinic’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Furthermore, it was easier to document that they were adhering to the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs when they got patient information from Healthwise.
  • While the Healthwise database was more convenient for the providers, they recognized that the print information they were providing was limited. They believed their patients could get more comprehensive information from MedlinePlus, but the clinicians did not have a convenient way to promote the resource.

Their feedback prompted a speedy response. The project team secured MedlinePlus brochures from NLM that Yawar delivered to the clinics. The fix was relatively simple, but critical. The team may have never known about this necessary adjustment without Yawar’s elegantly simple evaluation.

Credit:  Yawar and Cindy would like to thank ¡VIVA! project team members Lucy Hansen, Sara Reibman, and Ann Vickman, for their help on this project.

The ¡VIVA! project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-0007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Helpful Ebola Resources

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking steps to assist hospitals prepare for Ebola. This October 15, 2014 press release outlines the steps they are taking in response to health care workers in Dallas who have contracted Ebola: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1014-ebola-investigation-fact-sheet.html

 

Disaster Lit Updates and Recent CDC Webinar Recordings

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at NLM continues to update documents, guidance tools, webinars, and more to the Disaster Lit Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Some people were unable to attend recent webinars, such as the CDC call on preparing for Ebola and the Johns Hopkins symposium webcast. The links to these and other recordings are in Disaster Lit as they become available: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=45&search.y=11&search=Search

 

Recording: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

October 9, 2014

Speaker: Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), National Library of Medicine (NLM

The recording of the webinar on managing health information resources for Ebola is now available online, along with the PowerPoint slides. In this webinar, Cindy Love, specialist in public health information management with the NLM, discussed the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the NLM: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

 

Ebola Guidelines Included in Disaster Lit

A recent document from the American Hospital Association suggests “all hospitals and clinics to post … Ebola screening criteria prominently in locations where hospital staff – including intake, triage and clinical staff – can see it” (http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/tools-resources/advisory/2014/141002-readiness-adv.pdf).

Be proactive at your institution and provide guidelines in print and electronic form to those working with or preparing to work with Ebola patients. You can find these guidelines gathered in Disaster Lit using the search link below. You can refine by guideline source, year, or author: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&PubTypeID[]=13&searchTerms=%28ebola%20OR%20hemorrhagic%29

Here are examples of searches of Disaster Lit for guidelines by source:

A list of checklists from the CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and others, is also available in Disaster Lit:

  1. Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 10/01/2014

This one-page document is a checklist for patients being evaluated for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the United States. Topics include arrival to clinical setting/triage, conducting a risk assessment for high-risk or low-risk exposures, use of personal protective equipment, and patient placement and care considerations.

URL: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/checklist-patients-evaluated-us-evd.pdf

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. Healthcare System

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Date Published: 09/29/2014

Format: Video or Multimedia

This one-hour webinar discusses a Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to highlight activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. The webinar is especially for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately. The webinar was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

URL:http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/Pages/ebola-healthcare-webinar.aspx

  1. Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/26/2014

This four-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to the Ebola virus disease by highlighting key areas for U.S. healthcare coalitions to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola at a coalition member’s facility. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/coalition-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

  1. Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/26/2014

This six-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to possible Ebola and other infectious disease cases by highlighting key areas for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

  1. Template for Public Health Laboratory Risk Assessment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Testing

Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Date Published: 09/24/2014

This 13-page template is designed to assist laboratories in the development of their risk assessment for Ebola virus disease (EVD). It may not be an all-encompassing plan as each facility will have its own laboratory specific risk assessment procedures. It also includes checklists for chemical safety, emergency preparedness, documentation and training, waste management, engineering controls, and at-risk employees; and a laboratory specimens handling log.

URL:http://www.aphl.org/aphlprograms/preparedness-and-response/Documents/APHL-Template.pdf

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/12/2014

This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care facilities to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care. In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care 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 contaminated air.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-facility-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923

  1. Health Care Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/12/2014

This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care providers to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care. In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including blood and body fluids, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, and contaminated environmental surfaces.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-provider-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/05/2014

This six-page checklist, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, highlights key areas for hospital staff – especially hospital emergency management officers, infection control practitioners, and clinical practitioners – to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus diseases arriving at a hospital for medical care. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure a hospital is able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklisk-ebola-preparedness.pdf

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell

DIMRC / NLM

MedlinePlus Announcements and Special Features

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Director’s Comments: Enterovirus 68 Overview

Listen to the NLM Director’s Comments on “Enterovirus 68 Overview”. The transcript is also available.

As of this writing, four deaths may or may not be linked to the spread of enterovirus 68, a respiratory infection, which has been diagnosed mostly among children in more than 40 U.S. states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 472 cases of enterovirus 68 in early October and noted the actual number of cases probably was higher…

Director’s Comments: Helping Smokers Quit

Listen to the NLM Director’s Comments on “Helping Smokers Quit”. The transcript is also available.

Hospital-discharged smokers (who received automated phone calls and a choice of free medications) stopped smoking more than peers (who received general smoking cessation advice and paid for a pre-selected medication), finds a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Drug Information Portal

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is a free web resource that provides an informative, user–friendly gateway to current drug information for over 53,000 substances. The Portal links to sources from the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies such as the U.S. FDA. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

The Drug Portal retrieves by the generic or trade name of a drug or its category of usage. Records provide a description of how the drug is used, its chemical structure and nomenclature, and include up to 20 Resource Locators which link to more information in other selected resources. Recent additions to these Locators include clinical experience with drugs in PubMed Health, substances reviewed in NLM’s LiverTox, information from the Dietary Supplement Label Database, and drug images in the Pillbox database. Data in the Drug Information Portal is updated daily, and is also available on mobile devices. More information is available from the Drug Information Portal Fact Sheet.

WISER for iOS Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

WISER for iOS 3.1.1 is now available.  This new release provides full support for iOS 7 and above, introducing a new look and feel to match the latest iOS release.

To find out “What’s New”: http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/whats_new_iOS_3_1_1.html

WISER for iOS can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms
  • WISER 4.6, which will fully integrate the DOT’s Emergency Response Guidebook substances and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data