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

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 Bleed,” a free iPhone and Android app designed to teach users how to stop life-threatening bleeding in an emergency — and hopefully save lives.  Read More…

AHCA Modifies Permanent Generator Rule


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 administration and AHCA over these past weeks. FHCA appreciates the Governor and agency staff for listening to our concerns and developing a final rule that gives providers flexibility as they work to meet the goal to keep residents safe and cool during emergency events.

The updated rule, which can be found here, will be posted for 21 days. If there are no challenges to the rule, it will be promulgated and, upon ratification by the Legislature, will take effect. This means ratification must be done by March 7, the close of the 2018 legislative session.

The administration is also working on modifications to the assisted living facility proposed permanent rule. We will continue keeping members updated as more information becomes available.

Rules 59A-4.1265, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes, requires nursing homes to prepare a detailed plan addressing emergency power that will supplement its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and includes the following:

Alternate Power Sources

  • Requires nursing homes to have an alternative power source, such as a generator, maintained* at the nursing home to protect residents’ health, welfare, safety and comfort for at least 96-hours following a power outage. *The alternate power source does not need to be installed and can be mobile; however, it must be maintained onsite at all times when the nursing home is occupied.
  • Requires air temperatures in the nursing home to not exceed 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Required temperatures must be maintained in an area determined by the facility to be of sufficient size to maintain all residents safely and appropriately for the care and life safety needs. For planning purposes, no less than 30 square feet per resident must be provided. This may include areas that are less than the entire nursing home if the CEMP includes relocating residents to portions of the building where residents’ health and well-being will be maintained under the requirements of the rule.
  • Allows for multi-story nursing homes to evacuate residents to a higher floor; however, the alternate power source and necessary equipment must be protected from flooding or storm surge damage.
  • Clarifies that facilities located on a single campus that have common ownership may share fuel, alternative power resources and resident space as long as those resources are sufficient to maintain resident safety as required by the rule.


  • Requires nursing homes to store a minimum of 72-hours of fuel onsite.
  • Requires that nursing homes located in a declared state of emergency area must secure 96 hours of fuel within 24 hours after the declaration is issued. The nursing home may use portable fuel storage containers for any additional fuel needed to meet the 96-hour supply requirement.
  • Clarifies that piped natural gas is an allowable fuel source and meets the onsite fuel requirement.
  • Requires that if local ordinances or other regulations limit the amount of onsite fuel storage, the facility must have a reliable method to obtain the maximum additional fuel at least 24 hours prior to depletion of onsite fuel.


  • Nursing homes must be in compliance no later than June 1, 2018.
  • AHCA shall grant an extension up to January 1, 2019, to providers with delays caused by necessary construction, delivery of ordered equipment, zoning or other regulatory approval processes. After January 1, 2019, the agency will allow for a waiver and variance for any provide needing more time for the above-mentioned reasons.
  • During the extension period, requires the nursing home to make arrangements during emergencies for residents to be housed in an area that meets the safe temperature requirements either through temporary generators and fuel delivery or through evacuation prior to the arrival of the event.
  • AHCA may request cooperation from the State Fire Marshal to conduct inspections to ensure implementation of the plan in compliance with the rule.


  • Within two business days of plan approval, the nursing home shall notify the AHCA in writing of proof of the approval.
  • Nursing homes shall make its written policies and procedures readily available onsite for review by state surveyors and other authorities having jurisdiction. These policies and procedures must also be readily available for residents and their legal representative and all parties authorized in writing or by law.
  • In addition, the nursing home shall submit to AHCA a consumer-friendly summary of the emergency power plan. AHCA shall post these summaries, as well as notice of plan approval and implementation, to its website.
  • Nursing homes must notify, in writing or electronically (if permission for electronic communication has been granted), each resident and their legal representative upon plan submission and full implementation.

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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


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 exposed to opioids during operations, they are largely unconfirmed. To proactively address the potential risks, this document establishes guidance for personal protective equipment selection and use, decontamination, detection, and medical countermeasures for first responders who may be exposed to opioids in the course of their occupational activities. Throughout the remainder of this document, the term synthetic opioids will be used to include fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, morphine analogues, the U-series opioids, and others.  CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE STORY

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 (CMS).

CMS finalized a rule it says is intended to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health-care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid.

In announcing the rule, CMS specifically mentioned this summer’s flooding in Louisiana, where hospitals struggled to cope with the enormous scope of the emergency. “Situations like the recent flooding in Baton Rouge, La., remind us that in the event of an emergency, the first priority of health-care providers and suppliers is to protect the health and safety of their patients,” CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway said in a news release. “Preparation, planning and one comprehensive approach for emergency preparedness is key. One life lost is one too many.”
Officially titled “Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers,” the new regulations must be implemented by November 2017. While CMS has yet to release specific guidelines around many of the new requirements, some in the hospital world believe big changes are coming.

“We have always had emergency plans, but now they are asking for really specific policies and procedures,” said Ruth Ragusa, senior vice president for quality and care management at the 455-bed South Nassau Communities Hospital in Long Island, N.Y.
“Plans in the past were fairly detailed, but we expect that even further detail will be required. There will be more depth in the communications area and also in training and testing,” she said.

The new rule applies not just to hospitals but also to long-term care facilities as well as to outpatient providers such as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and end-stage renal disease facilities.

While that may seem like painting with a broad brush, some commend CMS for differentiating in the requirements for different types of facilities. For example, the communications component of the rule tasks hospitals with having very specific procedures in place to track patients during a crisis, whereas ASCs carry less of a burden in this area.

“We can cancel appointments or send patients home, and CMS acknowledged that, very appropriately. They recognized that ASCs would not need to keep track of patients in the same way as hospitals,” said David Shapiro, a board member with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and an anesthesiologist at ‎Red Hills Surgical Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
CMS officials tailored a number of requirements to reflect the diverse types of providers covered under the rule. Outpatient providers don’t have to have policies and procedures for provision of subsistence needs, for example, while hospitals and long-term care facilities do need to install emergency and standby power systems.

Nonetheless, providers of all stripes will likely feel the impact of the new rules. Even in the absence of specific guidance from CMS, the revised regulations “do seem to go a little further, a little deeper,” Shapiro said. While AMCs have long coordinated their emergency plans with state and local authorities, for example, “now they are asking us to step up our game in terms of making sure that we specifically document those efforts.”

For emergency managers outside the medical community, meanwhile, the new requirements could be a boon. “State and local emergency managers are always happy when the people who are their customers in a crisis have got a good plan,

” said Michael Anderson, a director at public safety consulting and managed services IXP Corp. in Princeton, N.J.

“This is an opportunity for emergency managers to be a resource to the medical community, to evaluate their plans and help make them stronger,” he said. “Knowing who your counterpart is in that hospital, knowing how to get hold of people in a crisis, those are going to be key benefits for emergency management.”

What’s required
CMS lays out four areas that medical providers need to address as part of their overall preparedness efforts:

Emergency plan: Perform a risk assessment and build a plan using an all-hazards approach to address the full spectrum of location-specific emergencies or disasters.

  •  Policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan.
  • Communication plan: In a plan based on state and federal law, ensure patient care is coordinated within the facility, across health-care providers and with other emergency entities.
  • Training and testing program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.

This is the tip of the iceberg: The full rule runs to almost 190 pages, and CMS still is expected to issue a range of more detailed documents laying out its expectations for exactly how providers will fulfill the new requirements.

CMS offers a number of pointers to help em


ncy planners begin to address the new requirements. It identifies FEMA documents for risk assessment, communication and training as potentially helpful tools.
The intention, overall, seems to be to turn up the heat on emergency planners. While most medical facilities have emergency plans in place, CMS insists a more rigorous, comprehensive approach is needed.

Upon reviewing providers’ present readiness efforts, “we concluded that the current requirements are not comprehensive enough to address the complexities of actual emergencies,” the rule states. In the event of a disaster, “health-care facilities across the nation will not have the necessary emergency planning and preparation in place to adequately protect the health and safety of their patients.”

It’s not the lack of planning per se, so much as it is the fragmented nature of the rules that has CMS most concerned. “[T]he current regulatory patchwork of federal, state and local laws and guidelines, combined with various accrediting organizations’ emergency preparedness standards, falls far short” of what is needed, CMS writes.

To ensure facilities get up to speed, CMS is calling for a higher degree of practical exercise. In addition to training and testing, “you also need to drill your staff,” noted Andrew Randazzo, CEO of Prime Medical Training in Knoxville, Tenn. Among other things, the new rules call for hospitals to participate in a community mock disaster drill at least annually, along with tabletop exercises.
This will likely require some financial investment. At South Nassau Communities Hospital, Ragusa voiced a common concern: that the new requirements may come with a steep price tag. “It may mean additional supplies, resources, systems,” she said. “We are going to have to revisit communications and training, all these areas. Will it require 10 percent or 20 percent more? Without the specifics it’s hard to say.”

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 died from overdoses of either prescription opioids or heroin has nearly quadrupled in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, more than 28,000 people died from overdosing on opioids. At least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid, the CDC says.

Drug overdoses now kill more people in the United States than car crashes. In 2013, 46,471 people died from drug overdoses, compared with 35,369 people who died in car accidents, according to a 2015 report from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prescription opioid use

The rise in opioid overdose deaths has occurred alongside an increase in prescriptions for opioid pain relievers. In fact, the number of prescription opioids sold in 2010 was four times the number sold in 1999, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2012, there were 259 million prescriptions written for opioids, which is enough to provide every American adult with a bottle of opioid pills, the ASAM says.

Misusing prescription opioids can be a gateway to heroin

Many new heroin users actually started by misusing prescription opioids. About 80 percent of people in the United States who recently started using heroin report that they previously took opioid pain relievers for nonmedical reasons, according to a 2013 study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Still, among people who are prescribed opioids for pain, the drugs typically do not lead to addiction if people use them as directed. Among people who take prescription opioids as directed for a year, about 5 percent will develop an addiction disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Where the epidemic is the worst

The five states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2014 were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio, according to the CDC. West Virginia had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in 2014, with 35 deaths per 100,000 people. (The national average is about 15 deaths per 100,000 people.) Opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths, the CDC says.

The states that saw increases in drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014 were Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The state with the biggest increase between those years was North Dakota, where the rate of drug overdose deaths increased 125 percent from 2013 to 2014. (In the nation as a whole, the rate increased 6.5 percent.)

The fentanyl problem

Overdose deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl are a growing concern. A 2016 report found that overdose deaths from fentanyl have increased sharply in a number of U.S. states. From 2013 to 2014, eight U.S. states — Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina — had large increases in overdose deaths tied to synthetic opioids other than methadone, which is a category that includes fentanyl, the report found.

Six of these states specifically reported their numbers of fentanyl-related deaths, and the combined fentanyl-related deaths in these states increased from 392 deaths in 2013 to 1,400 deaths in 2014, according to the report.

During that same time, the number of drug products that tested positive for fentanyl after being seized by law enforcement officers increased by more than 10 times in the eight states. These products mainly include illegally manufactured fentanyl products that can be mixed with heroin.

The researchers called for an urgent, collaborative public health and law enforcement response” to address the increasing problem of illegally manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl deaths.

And overdose on fentanyl caused the death of singer-songwriter Prince in April 2016. The drug is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Please see the informational document links below:

Checklist for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (PDF)

Guidelines for Primary Care Providers (PDF)

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 holder are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

Check the respirator approval markings (graphic below) or the Certified Equipment List to verify your respirator is NIOSH-approved. Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source page .

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NEW: Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Ebola Modified for Travelers from Guinea to the United States
As of December 29, 2015, CDC and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) modified enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers from Guinea. Travelers will now answer questions about travel history and possible exposures to Ebola. Travelers will also provide their contact information so that the health department at their destination can connect with them, if needed.
UPDATED: Assessment of Persons Under Investigation Having Low (But Not Zero) Risk of Exposure to Ebola
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NEW: CDC Year in Review: What’s Next?
CDC reviews the most pressing public health challenges of 2015 and previews plans for 2016.
NEW: 2015: What Kept Us Up At Night and What Will Keep Us Busy in 2016
In 2015, CDC continued to work to end infectious disease threats and to improve the chronic health conditions by strengthening public health systems around the world. These are a few of the threats that kept us up at night in 2015 and will keep CDC busy in 2016.
NEW: CDC To Play Key Role in National Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Plan
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The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. Travel Warnings recommend that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to that country. The State Department also issues Travel Warnings when the U.S. government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of State Department staff.

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NEW: ED-530XT Duodenoscopes by FUJIFILM Medical Systems, U.S.A.: Safety Communication – FUJIFILM Medical Systems Validates Revised Reprocessing Instructions – (FDA)
The FDA has been working with duodenoscope manufacturers as they modify and validate their reprocessing instructions.The revised instructions include a more rigorous protocol for pre-cleaning, manual cleaning and high-level disinfection procedures.
NEW: Perseus A500 Anesthesia Workstation by Draeger: Class I Recall – Faulty Power Switch May Cause Device to Stop Working – (FDA)
Draeger is recalling the Perseus A500 anesthesia workstation because a faulty power switch may fail, causing the workstation to alarm and shut down unexpectedly. If this occurs, ventilation may fail and the patient may not receive either anesthesia or enough oxygen. Until the replacement of the power switch takes place, Draeger recommends that users operate affected Perseus A500 workstations under continuous supervision.
Food Safe and Pregnant: Tips for the Holidays and Beyond – (CDC)
The holiday season is filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food. While everyone wants to keep food safe, it is especially important for pregnant women to do so. Here are some tips to share with pregnant women this holiday season.
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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 she is now critically ill.”

The hospital didn’t elaborate on the news about the Scottish nurse, who last year became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United Kingdom. But it’s not a good sign, coming five days after the same medical facility confirmed Cafferkey had been transferred there from Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow “due to an unusual late complication of her previous infection by the Ebola virus.”

That day, the Royal Free Hospital indicated that Cafferkey was in “serious condition” and being treated in a “high-level isolation unit.”

Since her January discharge, Cafferkey has been out and about, including receiving a Pride of Britain award late last month and paying a visit to 10 Downing Street, where pictures showed her with the prime minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron.

Last week Dr. Emilia Crighton, director of public health for the National Health Service for Greater Glasgow and Clyde, insisted that the risk of the 39-year-old Cafferkey inadvertently passing on Ebola to anyone else was “very low.”

“In line with normal procedures in cases such as this, we have identified a small number of close contacts of Pauline’s that we will be following up as a precaution,” Crighton said.

Went to Sierra Leone during Ebola outbreak

Like many other volunteers, Cafferkey had gone to West Africa knowing the dangers there. The Ebola virus had spread like wildfire, ultimately killing more than 11,000 people and infecting some 28,000, according to the World Health Organization.

Yet that harsh reality didn’t stop the public health nurse in Scotland’s South Lanarkshire area from being part of a 30-person team deployed by the UK government to work in Sierra Leone with Save the Children.

She and other health care workers would later be credited with playing a significant part in corralling and ultimately ending the devastating outbreak.

But, as Cafferkey learned, it came at a cost.

She fell ill shortly after touching back down on UK soil. Her Ebola diagnosis came next, followed by intensive treatment at the Royal Free Hospital. That facility has an isolation unit tended by specially trained medical staff and a tent with controlled ventilation set up over the patient’s bed.

Her road to recovery wasn’t always smooth. The Royal Free Hospital at one point noted that her condition had “gradually deteriorated over … two days” and that she was then critical.
Cafferkey, though, managed to rebound and weeks later was allowed to go home.

Agency: 58 had contact with symptomatic nurse

She had good reason to celebrate September 28. That night she was honored at the Pride of Britain awards, a star-studded event (with this year’s celebrities including soccer star David Beckham and Rupert Grint of “Harry Potter” fame) honoring good deeds around the country, spokeswoman Elizabeth Holloway told CNN.

The next day, Cafferkey joined other honorees at the Prime Minister’s residence.

Less than a week later, on October 5, she went to a doctor in Glasgow because she felt sick, said a spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who was not named per policy. Cafferkey was sent home, only to be admitted the next day to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in the Scottish city.

Holloway said no one associated with the Pride of Britain awards is being monitored for possible Ebola, because Cafferkey wasn’t showing any signs of illness at the time. Ebola only spreads when there’s direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person who is displaying symptoms of the disease.

In a statement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that health authorities have identified 58 people who had been in close contact with Cafferkey since she became symptomatic. Forty of those who’d had direct contact with her bodily fluids were offered an Ebola vaccine; 25 of them accepted while 15 declined, according to the health agency.

And yes, tests earlier this year indicated the nurse wasn’t showing signs of Ebola. But that doesn’t mean that traces of the virus can’t linger — if not in the blood, then perhaps elsewhere in the body.

Her relapse is also proof that the Ebola fight isn’t totally over, one week after WHO reported the first week since March 2014 with no new cases.

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The Supporting Role of Healthcare Coalitions for Local Health Departments in Emergency Preparedness

By Nicole Dunifon

With the development of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness, local health departments across the country have now begun to partner with healthcare coalitions and healthcare organizations on emergency preparedness planning, training, and exercises. Read more