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Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)L new version

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to announce major new versions of the REMM Web site and Mobile REMM app.

 What’s New on REMM, April, 2014?

  • Key changes are noted below.
  • Many more updates and changes appear throughout REMM.
  1. Managing Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): Interactive tool: completely redesigned, with clinical assessments, treatment suggestions, suggestion for referral venues
  2. Top 10 Items for Radiation Emergencies: new page
  3. How to Perform a Radiation Survey
  4. Target Levels for Decontamination of People
  5. Biodosimetry Bibliography: new page, improved navigation, many new references
  6. Radiation Units and Conversions: new interactive tools for unit conversions
  7. Understanding Radiation: new videos incorporated and new sections
  8. Radiological Dispersal Device: new guidance about safety and response perimeters
  9. Training and Education: new offerings from several US agencies
  10. Multimedia Library: new elements in many sections
  11. Emergency Contacts: updated for many US government agencies
  12. REMM bibliography: many new entries

What’s new on Mobile REMM, April 2014, App Version 2.0.1?

  1. App has been completely redesigned for easier use and faster navigation
  2. Dose Estimator: faster data entry for vomiting and lymphocyte depletion kinetics tools
  3. New tools from REMM now available on Mobile REMM
    • Scarce Resources for Interactive Triage Tool for Use after IND Detonation
    • SALT triage system for radiation emergencies
  4. Updated emergency contact information
  5. Mobile platform compatibility updated
    • iPhone and Androids compatibility remains up to date.
    • Newer BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 10, is now supported; but older ones (BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier) are not.We strongly suggest you update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

As always, if you have comments or questions, please Contact Us directly.

The REMM Team

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

Guidance on diagnosis and treatment for health care providers

http://www.remm.nlm.gov

Webinar Series: Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance

Friday, April 4th, 2014

*** Webinar Series: Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance***

Thursday, April 24th, 2:00-3:00pm ET: Outbreaks

Thursday, June 5th, 2:00-3:00pm ET: Prioritizing Your Biosurveillance Enhancements

This webinar series brings to light key findings of a 2012-13 North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center project and report on enhancing biosurveillance practice for situational awareness during a public health emergency.  Webinar series: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/biosurv-webinar/

Report: Improving Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening Biosurveillance Systems for Enhanced Situational Awareness: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/nciph-biosurv-sys-rpt/

Webinar: Response and Recovery during an Environmental Disaster: Learning from the Elk River Chemical Spill

Friday, April 4th, 2014

National Association of County and City Health (NACCHO); American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Tuesday, April 22nd , 2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

On January 9th, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and an unknown amount of polyglycol ether (PPH), into the Elk River in West Virginia, leaving nearly 300,000 residents from nine counties without drinking water. The response to this event required the coordination of many organizations at the local, state, and federal level.  This webinar will explore the roles of local public health, poison control, and public health laboratory officials in the response; to reflect on the challenges, systems, and practices that led to the incident; and discuss ways to improve upon future responses and prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Speakers in this webinar will include: Dr. Rahul Gupta, Health Officer and Executive Director, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department; Martha A. McElfresh, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Laboratory Services, CT Coordinator Threat Preparedness and Response Section; and Elizabeth Scharman, Managing Director, West Virginia Poison Control Center

http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/wvspill/event/registration.html

Just a reminder that the National Library of Medicine created a record for MCHM in the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) in response to this spill.  The March 13, 2014 Disaster Information Specialist Program Call on accessing information on chemicals and chemical hazards included a discussion of the process involved in the development of HSDB record.

HSDB Record: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+8182

Recording and Slides from March 13 DIS call http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The journal “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks. Topics include: crisis preparedness framework, tools for outbreak communication, information management and access, mass media/social media, and more.

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dmp

Please contact dmphpjournal@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding submission.

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