Guardian of Public Health - September 2018

Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness

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News and Articles

Legal Protection for Individuals with Disabilities in Emergencies

Alice Frame, MA - Disabilities Health Unit Coordinator - MDHHS

When writing and updating emergency plans, it is important to make sure we are protecting everyone in our community.  Including in those plans people with disabilities is especially important. The law helps to guide emergency preparedness planning.  For example, the Robert T. Stafford Act of 1988 provides a foundation for emergency response and management.  The law also guides emergency planning and response activities in regards to people with disabilities.

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Training & Events

New MI-EMSIS Webinars


Register now for three new live webinars regarding the Michigan EMS Information System (MI-EMSIS). EMS credits are available.

9/19/18 (11-12pm) - Agency Administrators - MI-TRAIN ID: 1080379

9/26/18 (2:30-4pm) - Filling out PCRs - MI-TRAIN ID: 1080381

10/1/18 (2-3pm) - Analytical Reporting - MI-TRAIN ID: 1080382

EMS August Wednesday Webinar Recordings


The EMS August Wednesday Webinar series recordings are available to view on MI-TRAIN.  All the webinar recordings have EMS credits available.

Human Trafficking - An EMS Call to Action: 1079509

Neonatal Care - What is New and What is Missing: 1079570

Kratom - An Emerging Issue:1079882

D.O.S.E. Infant Safe Sleep1080336

Michigan Prepares


MI Volunteer Registry

September is National Preparedness Month

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “The Power of Preparedness.”  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified four different areas to focus on during each week in September to help better prepare for emergencies. This year’s weekly themes include personal health preparedness, pandemic planning, policy and partnership, and public health response. Learn more about National Preparedness Month and how you and your family can get prepared and participate at the Michigan Prepares website

The Michigan Update

Wrapping Up the 2017-18 Flu Season and Looking Ahead to Prevent Flu in 2018-19

Stefanie Cole, BSN, RN, MPH, Immunization Nurse Educator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Immunization

The 2017-18 influenza season (defined as October 1, 2017–May 19, 2018) was a high severity season for all age groups in the United States. Levels of flu activity are measured using multiple surveillance systems including laboratory data, outpatient visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI), hospitalizations, and deaths. The U.S. experienced high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits due to ILI, high flu-related hospitalization rates, and widespread flu activity across the country for an extended period in 2017-18. Nationally, ILI began to increase in November 2017, peaked at the end of January/beginning of February 2018, and did not return to baseline levels until early April. Overall, 2017-18 was an influenza A(H3N2)-predominant season, although influenza B viruses predominated from March onward.

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Evaluation of Diperadipic Acid as a Surface Decontaminant for Spore-Forming Biological Agents

An environmental contamination incident involving an infectious or contagious biological agent may pose significant risks to human health. Currently, there are a limited number of sporicidal chemicals that are approved for use against Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax. Characterization of potential decontamination options, ahead of a contamination incident, are important to ensure response and remediation operations initiate promptly. A laboratory-scale study was undertaken to evaluate the decontamination efficacy of diperadipic acid, under application conditions that were found to be effective for pH-adjusted bleach (a common sporicidal liquid).  The study found diperadipic acid, was more effective at killing spores on glass than concrete, however, there were viable spores in the liquid runoff.

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Tools & Resources

The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak Graphic Novel

CDC has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 4-H to develop “The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak,” a graphic novel intended to educate youth audiences about variant flu and the real disease detective work conducted by public and animal health experts when outbreaks of infectious diseases occur.

This graphic novel follows a group of teenage 4-H members who participate in a state agricultural fair and later attend CDC’s Disease Detective Camp in Atlanta. When one of the boys becomes sick following the fair, the rest of the group use their newly-acquired disease detective knowledge to help a team of public and animal health experts solve the mystery of how their friend became ill.

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