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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
  4. a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents
  5. a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
  6. an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

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 more information see the What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM: http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/whatsnew.htm

Helpful Ebola Information

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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

WHEN:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 /  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.

DESCRIPTION:  Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a topic on every front page and in every news outlet, HealthMap (http://healthmap.org/ebola) detected a trend showing a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” spreading in a small area in West Africa. Shortly afterwards, the World Health Organization announced the Ebola epidemic.  Developed in 2006, HealthMap delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. This tool brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. HealthMap is a freely available as a Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and through the mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’.

PRESENTER:   John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance. HealthMap is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13, 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

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

Partnering with the Local Library for Preparedness Education

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

From National Association of County & City Healthcare Officials (NACCHO)…

This post in NACCHO’s “Stories from the Field” highlights a partnership in Natick, MA between the public library, the local Medical Reserve Corps, and the public health department.  Through the partnership, the library developed a series of outreach activities and an emergency preparedness webpage on their website:  http://www.nacchostories.org/partnering-with-the-local-library-for-preparedness-education/

Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response during Superstorm Sandy

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

This 43-page document is a report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, which found that 89% of hospitals in Superstorm Sandy-related declared disaster areas experienced “substantial challenges” responding to the storm, which affected Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York in October 2012.

Specifically, the 174 Medicare-certified hospitals in these three states that were examined for this report, stated that they struggled with interrelated infrastructure and resource sharing problems in the storm’s aftermath:  http://go.usa.gov/7pGA

Free Ebola PPE Training

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Next week is the New Jersey State Conference on EMS in Atlantic City, NJ.

During the pre-conference, they are offering a free Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training Course:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 

This two-hour course is intended to train emergency medical services personnel in the proper utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when responding to suspect cases of Ebola.  This session will be offered twice at the times below (choose one to attend):

  • Session 1 / 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Session 2 / 3:30 – 5:30 pm

NOTE that there is a 50 person limit for each session.  The training is free; however, you must be pre-registered for the training to be admitted. 

Register:  CLICK HERE

For more information, download the complete Conference brochure: www.NJEMSConference.com

Ebola Videos in American Sign Language

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

NNLM friends,

Today we published our Ebola videos in American Sign Language (based on information provided by the CDC) that we created in partnership with the Ohio State University.  Would you be interested in helping us spread this information to the hospitals and medical libraries in your regions (as well as to other NN/LM regions).  Hospitals and medical libraries can contact Jeff Wolfe (Jeff@DeafHealth.org) with any questions.

The website is: DeafHealth.org/diseases/ebola

Thank you,

Casey Davis

Founder, www.DeafHealth.org

Malicious Ebola-Themed Emails are on the Rise

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/malicious-ebola-themed-emails-are-on-the-rise/?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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/