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Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Recordings of the NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma14/ma14_mla_invite.html

New Web Site for NLM TOXMAP

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released a new TOXMAP Web site. It is accessible at http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov.

NN/LM Request for Information

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):                   https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=981d706becd08fd0e0fb8cc087fb61af&tab=core&tabmode=list&=

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.
Thanks,

Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

rbarger@pitt.edu

A River Runs Through It: 3 Lessons from the West Virginia Water Emergency

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 12, 2014

Mark Crafton, MPA, MT(ASCP)
Executive Director, Communications and External Relations

Last month, Joint Commission staff had the privilege of meeting with seven West Virginia hospitals to discuss how they handled the week-long water emergency resulting from the chemical spill in the Elk River – the primary water source for not only Charleston but the surrounding eight-county area.  The purpose of the meeting, coordinated by my friend and colleague Jim Kranz at the West Virginia Hospital Association, was to identify lessons learned that might help hospitals faced with a similar emergency in the future.  Another goal was to assess which Joint Commission standards were particularly helpful at preparing the hospitals to deal with the loss of water for consumption, equipment sterilization, laundry and dialysis, as well as which standards might need to be modified to better prepare organizations for such an event.  This entry describes some of the important themes from that disaster debriefing.

Lesson 1:  Hospitals should not only plan for emergencies that might directly impact their immediate area, but also consider emergencies that may impact their suppliers of critical services located in adjacent communities.  A couple of the hospitals at the debriefing were not under the “do not use” water directive because they received their water from a different supplier.  However, those hospitals were still impacted because their supplier of laundry services was within the impacted area.  Thus, the hospitals needed to quickly make alternate plans to ensure their supply of clean linen continued uninterrupted.  This concept of considering the impact of potential emergencies on contracted service providers adds a level of complexity to an organization’s Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, but the work is worth it, based upon the recent experience in West Virginia.

Lesson 2:  People will always gravitate to the local hospital during a community crisis.  During the onset of the water emergency, state and local public health agencies sent non-stop messages through the media, telling the community where to go (e.g., schools, churches, shopping centers) to obtain water for drinking and cooking.  Hospitals reinforced this message on their websites and through social media.  However, people still showed up at their local hospital, assuming that water would be available for distribution.  We have observed this phenomenon in virtually every disaster debriefing.  Whether it was a hurricane, power outage, tornado or act of terrorism, when in need, people will follow the blue “H” sign looking for warmth, shelter, food, electricity or in this case, water.  Disaster plans need to reflect this inevitability.

Lesson 3:  Improvisational skills are mandatory during an emergency.  For the most part, hospitals were able to quickly obtain water from various public and private sources.  However, the challenge came when trying to figure out how to get water from a tanker truck, into their piping system, and up to patient care areas throughout the hospital.  Building engineers and facility managers at the hospitals demonstrated incredible ingenuity, creativity and innovation in crafting together delivery systems that would get water to where it was needed, with sufficient pressure to operate various types of medical equipment.  In one instance, a hospital teamed up with its dialysis provider and the local fire department to pressurize the system so that patient care could continue uninterrupted.  This type of problem-solving under duress is a unique characteristic that exemplifies organizations that are able to weather the storm during any emergency.  High reliability experts would call this “organizational resiliency.”  Whatever you call it, they have it in West Virginia, and we need to figure out how to bottle it and spread it to other health care organizations.

Patricia Reynolds

Director, Bishopric Medical Library

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1700 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota FL 34239

941-917-1730

941-917-1646 – fax

Patti-Reynolds@smh.com

http://www.smhcs.org/p.aspx?p=431

Improved Planning for Vulnerable Populations through Use of Closed PODs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Webinar: Improved Planning for Vulnerable Populations through Use of Closed PODs***

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Thursday, June 5th, 2:30-4:00 pm ET
This webinar will explore how local health departments from St Paul- Ramsey County, MN, and Oakland County, MI, utilize closed Points of Dispensing to improve emergency planning for vulnerable populations. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about new resources and tools developed by NACCHO’s Health and Disability team.

http://nacchopreparedness.org/?tribe_events=webinar-improved-planning-for-vulnerable-populations-through-use-of-closed-pods

Recording of Funding Info Session Available: Disaster Health Info Projects

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The presentation about the funding for the 2014 disaster health information collaboration and outreach projects was recorded and is now available. You can access the recording and the presentation slides at:

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
An open information session was held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.
The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov:https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8342e7f3a5ed717efa31cea5c8f4f879&tab=core&_cview=0

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2014disasteroutreachrfq.html.

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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

WISER for Android (version 3.1) Now Available!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that we here at the NLM have just released the latest version of WISER for the Android (version 3.1) to the Google Play store. The specific details are below, but the quick version is that this release brings the Help Identify and Protective Distance Mapping functions to Android devices (it is already on the Windows, iOS, BlackBerry and WebWISER versions). This now means that we are now functionally equivalent across all our platforms, so there’s greater uniformity and less of a learning curve for people using difference devices.

Here are the details of what this latest version includes:

WISER for Android 3.1 is now available.   Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

  • WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:

o   physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors

o   signs and symptoms of victims of exposure

o   the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance

o   hazard values from NFPA 704 placards

o   transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car

  • Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store:

https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser

Coming Soon

o   Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

o   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

o   WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data

I encourage you to take a look and to spread the word to anyone you know in the emergency management, first responder, first receiver, and preparedness planner communities. We rely on word of mouth to promote our tools and resources, so we really appreciate any assistance you can give.

Many Thanks!

Jennifer G. Pakiam, M.S.

Technical Information Specialist/SME

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dem II Building, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 440

Bethesda, MD 20892-5482

E-mail : pakiamj@mail.nih.gov

NLM Disaster Software Tested in Recent Drill

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Starting in 2008, and spurred further by the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the deadly tsunami-induced floods of 2012 in the Philippines, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began to pioneer new disaster technologies, such as TriagePic, a software application that helps to track hospital patients and find their loved ones during disaster emergencies. The software was tested at a recent drill conducted by Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Read more about the NLM developers, and the drill:             http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/nlm-disaster-software-tested-i.html

National Library of Medicine e-Clips (May 2014)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MedlinePlus Connect Supports ICD-10-CM Requests

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/medlineplus_connect_icd.html

MeSH on Demand Tool: An Easy Way to Identify Relevant MeSH Terms

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mesh_on_demand.html

National Library of Medicine Announces Addition of Mike Gorman Papers to Profiles in Science

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/profiles_gorman_mike_added.html

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/disaster_collaboration_project.html

New TOXNET Interface Coming in Spring 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma14/brief/ma14_new_toxnet.html

NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/welcome_library_agreement.html

NLM Launches New Exhibition-related Resources: Online Adaptation of “Pick Your Poison,” Educational Resources for “From DNA to Beer”

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/pick_your_poison_exhibit.html

NLM to Host Symposium, “The National Library of Medicine, 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future,” May 14, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/voyaging_to_future_symposium.html

NLM Value Set Authority Center Publishes Annual Update for 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/value_set_authority.html

Updates to MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Format

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mplus_webservice.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Drug Approval Process Insights from Clinicaltrials.gov

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript040714.html

Improving Patient Centered Medical Homes

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript050514.html

Learning from the Disaster Response in the Philippines

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript042814.html

Marijuana’s Clinical Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript033114.html

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript041414.html

Pragmatic Research from PCORI

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript042114.html

Toward More Thoughtful Health Journalism

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript051214.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

Answers to Tough Questions About Dying

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/answers-to-tough-questions-about-dying/?_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=tw-share&_r=0

DNA fingerprint for Hippocrates’ legendary tree

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27190148

Emergency Management: There’s an App for That

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Emergency-Management-App.html?page=2&

Hippocrates’ ancient tree genetically ‘fingerprinted’

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/hippocrates-ancient-tree-genetically-fingerprinted-114043001015_1.html

Historie ukryte – z półek biblioteki medycznej

http://naukowy.blog.polityka.pl/2014/03/23/historie-ukryte-z-polek-biblioteki-medycznej/

NIHSeniorHealth.gov Offers Healthy Aging Tips

http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/05/05/nihseniorhealth-gov-offers-healthy-aging-tips/

Original Tree of Hippocrates Cloned and Planted in Maryland

http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/us/20140425/132961-original-tree-of-hippocrates-cloned-and-planted-in-maryland.html

Science, Shakespeare, and the STEM Humanities: How Teachers Can Make the Most of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program Resources

http://edsitement.neh.gov/feature/science-shakespeare-and-stem-humanities-how-teachers-can-make-most-national-library

Socializing Medicine: Spotlight on USG-NLM Virtual Intern Kristina Elliott

http://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/news/10405

Surviving and Thriving:  Aids, Politics, and Culture exhibit on display in library

http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2014/04/Surviving-and-Thriving-Aids-Politics-and-Culture-exhibit-on-display-in-library/

The Quest: Get the Lowdown on the Pills You’re Popping

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/05/02/the-quest-how-to-research-pharmaceutical-drugs/

The Quest:How to Get a Medical Librarian to Do Your Search for Free

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/03/31/the-quest-how-to-medical-librarian-search-for-free/

The Quest: My 2 Favorite Tricks for Searching PubMed

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/05/06/my-two-favorite-tricks-for-searching-pubmed/?WT.mc_id=SA_Twitter_cgorman

Wellcome Library and NLM establish agreement to make 150 years of biomedical journals freely available online

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2014/WTP056252.htm

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

NLM Hosts Symposium; Seeks Ideas in Planning for Its Future

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/04/nlm-hosts-symposium-seeks-idea.html

NLM Launches New Blog; Seeks Your Ideas for Charting Its Future

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/nlm-launches-new-blog-seeks-id.html

Tree of Hippocrates Clone Planted in Front of National Library of Medicine

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/04/medical-history-meets-21st-cen.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS TOPICS AND FEATURES

Ambliopía

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/amblyopia.html

Amblyopia

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/amblyopia.html

Spring 2014 Issue: NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/

NN/LM Request for Information

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=981d706becd08fd0e0fb8cc087fb61af&tab=core&tabmode=list&=

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.

Thanks,

Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

 

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

200 Scaife Hall

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

rbarger@pitt.edu