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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

NIH News in Health

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Steps Toward a Healthier Life

Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.

Parkinson’s Disease
Understanding a Complicated Condition

Parkinson’s disease can rob a person of the ability to do everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. There’s no cure, but treatment can help.

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

Job Ad: Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Bethesda, MD

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/network.html> serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of November 7 through 21 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. NLM seeks applicants from all sources.  Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov<http://USAJobs.gov>  and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for “All US Citizens” and the other is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion<http://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/usajobs/index.aspx> and VEOA Eligibles <http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hm/shav/index.aspx>).

NLM Supervisory Librarian – All US Citizens <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385828200>

NLM Supervisory Librarian – Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385828700>

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/careers/careers.html>” on the NLM home page,www.nlm.nih.gov<http://www.nlm.nih.gov>.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus

If you have questions about this job please contact Sheri Ligget, PHR, 301-402-7521, or sliggett@od.nih.gov<mailto:sliggett@od.nih.gov>. Please share this job opportunity announcement with other interested lists and organizations.

Dr. Lindberg to Retire

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced the upcoming retirement of Donald Lindberg as Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  Dr. Lindberg will be retiring at the end of March 2015.

Dr. Lindberg’s many accomplishments since he first started in 1984 were described.  He is “a pioneer in applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.”  We have appreciated Dr. Lindberg’s unwavering support of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).

NIH Director’s statement on Dr. Lindberg’s retirement:  http://www.nih.gov/about/director/11062014_statement_lindberg.htm

PubMed Mobile Update

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

PubMed Mobile will soon be updated with a variety of new features and modifications: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_pm_mobile.html

NLM’s Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) Rebranded as HealthReach

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) resource was a national collaborative partnership with the principal focus of creating and making available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October 2014, NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach.

This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months new resources will be added to the website. There is also a new Twitter feed, @NLM_HealthReach. There isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach; this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition.

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

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)