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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

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen significant improvements over the past weeks, including strong performances by field teams conducting vaccinations, and improved community engagement and risk communication in priority areas. However, as new cases continue to emerge from Beni and appear closer to security ‘red zones’, it is clear that risks remain and that strong response measures need to be prioritized.

Chikungunya – Sudan

On 31 May 2018, the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) of the Red Sea State in Sudan reported four suspected cases of chikungunya fever from Swakin locality, in Red Sea State. Among the signs and symptoms were sudden onset of fever, headache, joint pain and swelling, muscle pain and/or inability to walk. The first suspected case of chikungunya in the neighboring Kassala State was reported on 8 August 2018, in a male travelling from the Red Sea State. Since then cases have been reported in three localities of the State (Kassala, West Kassala and Rural Kassala).

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is becoming increasingly undermined by security challenges in at-risk areas, particularly Beni. These incidents severely impact both civilians and frontline workers, forcing suspension of EVD response activities and increasing the risk that the virus will continue to spread. WHO continues to distinguish between the incidents of conflict between rebel and government forces, and pockets of community push-back on the response.

Cholera – Zimbabwe

Since the last Disease Outbreak News was published on 20 September (with data as of 15 September), an additional 4914 cases have been reported including 92 laboratory-confirmed cases (Figure 1).

Cholera – Niger

On 15 July, the outbreak of cholera was officially declared by the Ministry of Public Health of Niger. The first three cases were residents of Nigeria from Jibiya Local Government Area (LGA) in Katsina State on the border with Niger. The cases were all from the same family and reportedly had an onset of symptoms in Jibiya LGA before seeking treatment on 5 July 2018 at a health facility in a bordering town in Niger. Vibrio cholerae serotype O1 Inaba was confirmed in stool samples from all three cases, one of which died within minutes of admission.

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