CDC COCA Learn: March 2, 2018

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Upcoming COCA Call


Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

The nonmedical use of prescription opioids and illicit opioids cause significant morbidity in the United States. The latest data indicate that rates of overdoses treated in emergency departments are rising across all regions and require a coordinated response between public health, clinicians, public safety, and community organizations. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the increases in opioid-related morbidity and steps clinicians can take in advancing protocols to reverse these trends.

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00 P.M. (ET)

Recent COCA Calls


Update on the 2017-2018 Influenza Season for Clinicians

During this COCA call, CDC flu experts addressed clinical issues for influenza patients, including those with severe disease, and provided the latest updates on the 2017-2018 influenza season.  


 Don’t Overlook Assessing Environmental Exposures—During a Disaster and Every Day

Environmental hazards are often not considered during patient intake. Taking a full exposure history of patients during intake can ensure an accurate diagnosis, both during a disaster situation, or in an everyday consult. During this COCA call, clinicians learned how to utilize the expertise and support from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs). 


Archived COCA Calls are also available. Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

    Emergency Preparedness and Response

    This page features scheduled and on-demand access information on emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

    Radiation Emergencies: Information for Clinicians

    Emergency services physicians and nurses will be among the first clinicians to see and treat victims of radiation emergencies. Clinicians of all specialties will be responsible for providing care and information to those involved. Visit this webpage to access information on patient management, guidelines and recommendations, and trainings provided by CDC for radiation emergencies.  

      Conference and Training Opportunities


      The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from March 2018–October 2018. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences that CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners sponsor.

      February COCA Partner Spotlight

      COCA is pleased to feature the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) in our March COCA Partner Spotlight.

      The mission of NPWH is to ensure the provision of quality primary and specialty healthcare to women of all ages by women's health and women's health focused nurse practitioners. Partnerships with professional healthcare associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.

      Learn more about NPWH from their website and follow them on Facebook.

      Training Opportunities

      Vaccine Administration Training & Resources

      With an overall estimated effectiveness of 36% for the 2017-18 flu season, annual flu vaccination is the best source of protection for preventing medically attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza virus. CDC offers a host of web-based trainings and resources for providers to stay up to date on influenza vaccine administration.

      Perioperative Venous Thromboembolism: Risk Assessment and Risk-Stratified Prophylaxis for Surgical Patients

      This webinar is free and open to public health professionals, clinicians, and researchers who desire more information about risk factors, risk assessment, and perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, including extended postoperative prophylaxis. Advance registration is required.

      Heart Disease for Professionals

      Access guidelines and recommendations, fact sheets, data and statistics, and other resources on heart disease that CDC and partners offer.

      Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care

      CDC Antibiotics

       TATFAR Meeting on Antibiotic Resistance

      • During March 7-9, members from the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) are gathering in Atlanta for a three-day meeting to promote action and discuss ongoing work related to antibiotic resistance.
      • Watch the live streaming of the meeting’s opening session on Wednesday, March 7 from 8:30-10:00 A.M. (ET).

      STD Case Series

      Earn free continuing education credits through this series of interactive STD case presentations designed for clinicians who provide care for STD patients.

      STD Clinical Slides

      Health care providers and health educators can use these educational slides to educate patients about the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases. NOTICE: This link contains GRAPHIC IMAGES of sexually transmitted diseases intended for educational and teaching purposes, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

      Opioids Overdose: Interactive Training Series

      Earn FREE continuing education credit with this interactive, web-based training that features self-paced learning, case-based content, knowledge checks, and integrated resources to help healthcare providers gain a deeper understanding of the CDC's Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids.

      Interactive Training


      CDC TRAIN provides access to more than 1,000 courses that CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.

      Grand Rounds: Global Childhood Vaccination

      Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues.The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse previous presentations.

      Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      Time: 1:00-2:00 P.M. (ET) 

      Learning Connection

      CDC Learning Connection for March: Opioid, Vector Control, and TB Trainings

      • Hot Training Topic: More than 63,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016. Access the latest opioid-related courses on TRAIN and learn new ways to address the crisis.
      • Learn about integrated pest management (IPM) to control vectors that spread pathogens like Zika virus in CDC’s “Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals” training. Obtain free CEUs from the National Environmental Health Association upon completing the courses and final evaluation.
      • How do you reduce risk when prescribing opioids? Take CDC’s “Reducing the Risks of Opioids” course to learn about clinical tools that can help in risk assessment and clinical decision making, and earn free CE.
      • In observance of World TB Day (March 24), learn the fundamentals of TB prevention and control in the United States with CDC’s “TB 101 for Health Care Workers” training. Earn free CE.

      • Sign up for the free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on similar public health learning opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners.

      Clinician's Corner Featuring Robert Galli, MD


      Welcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month we will feature a CDC clinician or a clinician who has collaborated with COCA or presented on a COCA call. This month, we’re featuring Dr. Robert Galli.

      Dr. Galli currently serves as the State of Mississippi Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director and Chairman of the Medical Direction, Training, and Quality Assurance Committee for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Under his direction, emergency medicine was established as a formal department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1994, and includes Air Care, Medical Toxicology, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Dr. Galli also established the first TelEmergency network in the world.  From 2003-2006, he served on the Advisory Board for former CDC Director, Dr. Julie Gerberding. Dr. Galli also established the first TelEmergency network in the world.

      Dr. Galli came to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1994 when he served as an Associate Professor of emergency medicine and interim chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Galli later became the chairman of the emergency department in 1995. 

      Dr. Galli graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1981 and completed a residency in internal medicine at Yale in 1984. From there, Dr. Galli proceeded to UCLA Medical Center where he completed a residency program in emergency medicine in 1986. Medical toxicology training followed, also at UCLA and was completed in 1991. 

      During a 2016 COCA Call, Dr. Galli and colleagues discussed synthetic cannabinoids, which are a class of recreational drugs of abuse. Often sold as “spice,” “herbal incense,” or “potpourri,” synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are smoked for their anticipated marijuana-like effects. Be sure to listen to the COCA Call of Dr. Galli and his colleagues, “Synthetic Cannabinoids: Information and Guidance for Clinicians,” and get free Continuing Education (CE) credits before they expire.

      COCA Tips

      Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Manual

      The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. The CERC manual describes core emergency and crisis communication principles and how they apply to each phase of an emergency. Tools are available to prepare communication plans or use during a crisis.

      Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

      CDC's Influenza Division produces a weekly influenza surveillance report, FluView. According to this week's report (Feb 11-17), seasonal influenza activity remained elevated in the United States. Thirty-nine states experienced high Influenza Like Illness (ILI) activity levels.