October 2018 - Guardian of Public Health

Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness

Pumpkin and Corn

News and Articles

Assessing Emergency Shelters for Accessibility

Alice Frame, MA - MDHHS Disabilities Health Unit Coordinator

By law, emergency shelters must be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.  Not all people with disabilities require special medical attention.  In fact, the needs of individuals who are not medically fragile or unstable can be met in a regular shelter with proper accessibility accommodations.

Assessing Emergency Shelters for Accessibility>>

Training & Events

Michigan EMS Information System (MI-EMSIS) Webinar Recordings

Three new webinar recordings regarding the use of the MI-EMSIS system are available on MI-TRAIN.  Each webinar recording has EMS credit at all levels available. 

Agency Administrators
Course ID: 1080700

Filling out PCRs
Course ID: 1080706

Analytical Reporting
Course ID:  1080793

Michigan Hepatitis A Update for Clinicians

A recording of the latest hepatitis A update for clinicians webinar hosted by the MDHHS Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Eden Wells is available for viewing.

Michigan Hepatitis A Update for Clinicians>>

Michigan Prepares


MI Volunteer Registry

The Michigan Update

Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks in 2018

Susan Bohm and Katherine Arends, Division of Communicable Disease, MDHHS

Summertime brings enteric illnesses due to Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Campylobacter. In recent years, there has been an uptick of foodborne outbreaks caused by the microscopic intestinal parasite, Cyclospora. Cyclospora cayetanensis is the pathogen that causes cyclosporiasis. People become infected by ingesting sporulated oocysts of the parasite.

Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks in 2018>>

Special Pathogens and Ebola Virus Disease: EMS & Transportation Workshop Recap

On August 29th, 2018 the Michigan Special Pathogens Response Network (SPRN) team held a conference with regional healthcare coalition leadership and 15 EMS agencies designated to transport special pathogen patients across state of Michigan, if needed. Over 65 people attended this one-day hands-on conference held at Livingston County EMS.

Special Pathogens and Ebola Virus Disease: EMS & Transportation Workshop Recap>>


Evaluation of Liquid-, Foam-, and Gel-Based Decontaminants

This 62-page report provides information about a study to compare three delivery methods (i.e., liquids, foam, and gel) of liquid disinfectants on concrete and steel in vertical orientation. It aimed to evaluate liquid-, foam-, and gel-based decontaminants for Bacillus anthracis, to determine if gel and foam additives can increase the effectiveness over liquid when applied to common material types. No significant difference in efficacy in terms of log reduction with the use of foam was observed relative to liquid application

Evaluation of Liquid-, Foam-, and Gel-Based Decontaminants>>

Tools & Resources

Guide to Air-Purifying Respirators

This three-page document is a guide to air-purifying respirators (APRs) that work by removing gases, vapors, aerosols (airborne droplets and solid particles), or a combination of contaminants from the air through the use of filters, cartridges, or canisters. These respirators do not supply oxygen from other than the working atmosphere, and therefore cannot be used in an atmosphere that is oxygen-deficient or immediately dangerous to life or health. The guide explains how the appropriate respirator for a particular situation will depend on the environment and the contaminant(s).

Guide to Air-Purifying Respirators>>