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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

Archives Available for Ebola Webinars

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Visit each site to find the archives…

Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned. To help presenters communicate content that is most important to clinicians, please submit your questions before the call to coca@cdc.gov. Please note: the focus of this call will be healthcare systems preparedness, not clinical management of the patients with Ebola.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_101414.asp

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a symposium on the Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, October 14; the symposium will also be live streamed. Speakers will discuss the impact of the West Africa epidemic, current and future response, the status of vaccines and possible pharmacologic therapies, recommendations to prevent spread of the disease outside of West Africa, and other issues.

Agenda and more information: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/

Webcast link: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/webcast.html

Evolution of a Search: The Use of Dynamic Twitter Searches During Superstorm Sandy

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

PLOS: Currents: Disasters, September 26, 2014

This research article, co-authored by National Institutes of Health librarian Alicia Livinski, is an example of collaboration between a library and public health agency developing search strategies to organize and monitor the vast array of information sent out via Twitter during a disaster.

http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/evolution-of-a-search-the-use-of-dynamic-twitter-searches-during-superstorm-sandy/

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

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

Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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 https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
  • A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
  • Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Hope you can join us!

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

nortone@nlm.nih.gov

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Tornadoes, Chemical Spills, Flooding, Are You Prepared? 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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

Dates:               Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=489

Summary:  The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness, response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for librarians. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.

Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 5 MLA CEs.