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The EU COncORDE Project: Networked Communication

 

In response to higher than ever risk of mass casualty incidents, the European Union States united their effort to form a unified response system. This is a major challenge as different countries have different triggering bodies and thresholds for activation! 

TEN Recommendations for Building Hospital CBRN Programs

In 2015-16, the CBRNE Collaborative reviewed the literature and obtained the input of at risk health care providers to assemble a document called "TEN Recommendations to Consider When Establishing a Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN) Program for Hospitals". In discussing risk with the health care providers, it became clear that most important and powerful form of protection was NOT advanced personal protective equipment, but recognizing the threat. Why?

ACERT Mixer - November 15th-16th

This scenario was run on the second day for the top three teams. They competed in the MCI Exercise to see which team could deal with the situation the best,and each casuatly was attached to a judge. What a great learning experience for these young adults who are in school to be a healthcare professional or just volunteer their time at school as a first responder. Way to go guys! You all did fantastic work this weekend and we hope to see you again soon.

Critical aspects of the safe use of personal protective equipment

The ongoing Ebola epidemic demonstrates that the risk of transmission to healthcare workers (HCWs) is not limited to the worst affected West African countries. It also underscores the relevance of staff safety and protection.

This ECDC tutorial presents the fundamental concepts of personal protective equipment (PPE) and barrier nursing to support preparedness in hospitals across Europe. It provides practical information on the proper use of PPE at the point of care, including technical requirements and procurement aspects.

Ebola Clinical Care Guidelines

Each of the societies contributed participants for the working group who could provide particular knowledge, skills, and/or experience relevant to the management of patients with Ebola.  Among the working group members there is representation from a variety of clinical backgrounds including both adult and paediatric providers as well as members of the group who have experience in treating patients with Ebola in Africa during the current outbreak as well as prior outbreaks.  In addition to the core working group members, many other members of the societies and other clinical experts contribu

CBC NEWS

Dr.Mazurik talks with CBC Report Ian Hanomansing about preparing Canada's front line for Ebola and keeping healthcare workers safe.

 

 

Families Separated by a Community Crisis

Presenter: Alan Dick
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Spray Germ Challenge

We challenge your frontline team to take the "Spray Germ Challenge!" to check out your PPE.
We put on our PPE recommended for MERS and then looked to where it didn't cover us. You can use glow germ or just coloured water or even just icy water mixed with cornstarch. GET CREATIVE! -you will see areas you can work on to improve your protection. 
 

MERS

The University of Waterloo, in Kitchener, Ontario trains pharmacy students in infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. The course is run by Olla Wasfi, a pracitioner trained in microbiology and public health. Dr. Laurie Mazurik, the CBRNE Collaborative Project Lead runs outbreak simulations for the students. "The students have been fantastic!" says Dr.

The Story of the G20 Dashboard

In 2010 TCLHIN went to extraordinary lengths to support their Stakeholders as they prepared for very real threats to their ability to deliver patient care during the 2010 G20 Summit. The journey was a fascinating exploration of relationships and innovative thinking. All those involved applaud their initiative and leadership. Please review our G20 Dashboard PowerPoint Presentation to learn more.

 

 

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World Updates

Cholera – Mozambique

On 27 October 2017, the Ministry of Health in Mozambique notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera. From 14 August 2017 through 11 February 2018, 1799 cases and one death (case fatality rate = 0.06%) of cholera were reported from the two provinces; Nampula (1580 cases) and Cabo Delgado (219 cases). Underreporting of the number of cases and deaths is likely. This outbreak has been confirmed by Rapid Diagnostic Tests and culture.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 9 December 2017 and 17 January 2018, the National IHR Focal Point of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported 20 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including nine deaths. In addition, one death from a previously reported case was reported to WHO.

Influenza (Avian and other zoonotic)

WHO fact sheet on avian influenza: includes key facts, definition, clinical features, antiviral treatment, risk factors for human infection, human pandemic potential, WHO response.

Yellow fever – Brazil

Disease news outbreak for yellow fever in Brazil.

Hepatitis E – Namibia

During the week ending on 13 October 2017, the first identified case was admitted to a public hospital in Windhoek district, with signs and symptoms of hepatitis E. During the week ending on 8 January 2018, a total of 237 probable and confirmed cases have been seen at various health facilities in Windhoek district with the same signs and symptoms. All suspected patients tested negative for hepatitis A, B, and C. A total of 41 of the 237 cases were sent for further testing, and on 8 January 2018, the results showed 21 were IgM positive for hepatitis E.

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