Guardian of Public Health - January 2016

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News and Articles

GAO Report: 

Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System’s Preparedness

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report that highlights the need for a federal plan to prevent the spread of disease during air travel. They worked with 14 US international airports and three airlines to find the planning gap.  They suggest the US Department of Transportation create a federal plan that addresses this gap.

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Training & Events

When Mr. Yuk Meets Mr. Bubble - A Primer on Pediatric Decon

Archived Webinar

Disaster management and emergency preparedness are hot topics today, but does your hospital or healthcare team have decontamination procedures in place specifically for infants, children, and adolescents? Learn how one team implemented new policies in their emergency department to address the unique growth, development, and safety needs of the pediatric population. 

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Tools & Resources

Criminal and Epidemiological Investigations Handbook

This resource was created by the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for the purpose of providing guidance on joint public health and law enforcement investigations. Read More>>

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Michigan Prepares


MI Volunteer Registry

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The Michigan Update

Equipping the Responder

Matthew Price - Region 1 Healthcare Coalition Coordinator

District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition (D1RMRC) will host the 14th Annual WMD/CBRNE Symposium on February 2nd, 2016 at the Michigan State University Kellogg Center. This year’s conference “Real Stories, Real Responses, and Real Lessons Learned” includes international speakers who will share their experience from a variety of incidents and disciplines. Presentations include dialysis emergency/disaster operations, emergency medical services treatment and transport for patients with Ebola one year later, mitigation and response to suicide attacks, and disaster behavioral health response and Psychological First Aid Field Guide for Nursing Homes.

On December 9th, 2015 D1RMRC hosted the Regional Long Term Care Sustainment and Recovery Table-Top Exercise. This exercise was a continuation of the full scale evacuation/shelter-in-place regional exercise conducted in June 2015. The exercise stressed command and control activities during the recovery phase following an incident that forced facility evacuation. Participants identified best practices and lessons learned exercising individual organizations emergency operation plans.

The Volunteer Management Support Workgroup has created a training video to support a volunteer reception center (VRC) activation. This video will train personnel who staff the VRC to help process volunteers from the community. This is a first of its kind for Michigan, and is expected to be completed early in 2016. The video will be shared with partners once available.  

Contact Matthew Price if you have questions:

Region 1 VRC

Region 1 Volunteer Reception Center training

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Clinical Framework and Medical Countermeasure Use During an Anthrax Mass-Casualty Incident

Researchers in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published new guidelines for intravenous antimicrobial and antitoxin use, diagnosis of anthrax meningitis, and management of common anthrax-specific complications in the setting of a mass-casualty incident.  In March 2014, a meeting was held to discuss previously collected evidence at which subject matter experts discussed and adapted existing Centers for Disease Control best practices guidance to a clinical use framework for the judicious, efficient, and rational use of stockpiled medical countermeasures for the treatment of anthrax during a mass-casualty incident. This report addresses elements of hospital-based acute care, specifically antitoxins and intravenous antimicrobial use, and the diagnosis and management of common anthrax-specific complications during a mass-casualty incident. Read More>>

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