American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

CDC: Avian flu outbreak in Tennessee poultry poses low risk to humans

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by an H7N9 avian flu outbreak in commercial poultry in Lincoln County, TN, the agency said yesterday. According to USDA, the virus is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, preparedness

CDC reports increase in human infections from avian flu virus in China

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China has reported 460 human infections with the H7N9 avian flu virus since last October, more than in any year since the novel virus emerged there in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. During the prior years, 88% of patients developed pneumonia, 68% were admitted to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Council issues updated active shooter guide for health care settings

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The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued an updated guide to help health care facilities plan for and respond to an active shooter. The new edition includes additional information on providing care in areas where a potential threat exists but is not direct or immediate, law... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

HHS alerts public to scam involving OIG hotline number

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector today alerted the public to a fraud scheme involving its Hotline telephone number. “These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

CDC announces workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness

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Beginning this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Ebola Training & Education Center will offer two free training workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness for clinicians, health care workers and public health officials. For details and to register, visit ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, Ebola, nurses, preparedness

CDC issues Zika 'primer for nurses'

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued “Zika Virus: A Primer for Nurses,” a slide presentation that can be used for grand rounds and other purposes. Topics include Zika basics, CDC guidance and activities, and preventing Zika and its transmission in health care settings.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: nurses, preparedness, prevention, Zika

CDC investigating Seoul virus outbreak associated with pet rats

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Seoul virus outbreak in pet rats and people exposed to rats at breeding facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois, the agency said in a health advisory this week. Eight people were infected in Wisconsin and Illinois, two of which were... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, preparedness

DHS issues National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security yesterday released a National Cyber Incident Response Plan to articulate the roles and responsibilities, capabilities and coordinating structures that support how the nation responds to and recovers from significant cyber incidents posing risks to critical... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

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