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New App Teaches Citizens to ‘Stop the Bleed,’ Save a Life

BETHESDA, Md. –June 21, 2018 Knowing what to do to save a life in the aftermath of a mass trauma event — natural disaster, vehicle accident, or violent attack — is now right at the touch of a button. The Uniformed Services University’s National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health recently launched “Stop the […]

AHCA Modifies Permanent Generator Rule

MEMORANDUM TO: FHCA Members FROM: Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director RE: AHCA Modifies Permanent Generator Rule DATE: January 10, 2018 Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released modifications to the proposed permanent generator rule for nursing homes. FHCA is pleased with the updated rule language, which includes several recommendations we offered to the […]

Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues

BACKGROUND Increased illicit use of opioids, including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogue carfentanil, is a source of increased risk to responders. Most routine encounters between patients or detainees and EMS or law enforcement do not present a significant threat of toxic exposure. While there are anecdotal reports of public safety personnel being […]

Big Changes Coming for Hospital Emergency Managers

Big Changes Coming for Hospital Emergency Managers Hospitals will be required to develop more specific plans an d procedures for emergency response. by Adam Stone, Emergency Management Magazine / February 10, 2017 Emergency management leaders at hospitals and medical centers are grappling with a major rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services […]

America is in the Midst of an Opioid-abuse Epidemic

America is in the Midst of an Opioid-abuse Epidemic America is in the midst of an opioid-abuse epidemic, which has caused a startling rise in overdoses and deaths from these highly addictive drugs. Here’s a look at the epidemic by the numbers. The increase in overdose deaths Since 1999, the number of people who have […]

Respirator User Notices Issued by NIOSH

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers. Figure 1 is an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator that was brought to NIOSH’s attention. While the TC number and private label […]

Hospital Cyber Attacks

4/1/2016 Hospital Cyber-Attack Highlights Health Care Vulnerabilities   A cyber-attack that paralyzed the hospital chain MedStar this week is serving as a fresh reminder of vulnerabilities that exist in systems that protect sensitive patient information.  That attack came a month after a Los Angeles hospital paid hackers $17,000 (roughly Rs. 11,25,000) to regain control of its […]

Latest CDC News and Announcements (January 2016)

COCA News and Announcements Archived COCA conference calls are available at emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/index.asp. Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most calls. For more information about free CE, visit http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca/continuingeducation.asp CDC Emergency Response 2014 Ebola in the United States and West Africa NEW: Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Ebola […]

9 months after discharge, relapsed UK Ebola patient ‘critically ill’

(CNN) About nine months ago, Pauline Cafferkey was discharged from a London hospital — seemingly signaling her victory in beating Ebola. Now, not only is Cafferkey back in the hospital with a rare relapse of the deadly virus, but she’s gotten worse. London’s Royal Free Hospital announced Wednesday afternoon that “Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated and […]