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1. Next Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting
The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday January November 10th at 10:30 am. The meeting will be our quarterly in-person meeting. The location has not been determined yet, but we will post it here and let everyone know once we have secured the location.
2. Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) Training
The Northwest Region will host the Basic Disaster Life Support training December 7, 2018 at the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir Street. The flyer is available and registration information is available. Please contact Matt Cronin, Exercise and Training Specialist to receive the flyer and registration details. This course is provided free of charge to the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition which includes hospitals, healthcare, public health, fire and rescue, and law enforcement. A description of the course can be found here.
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To access our website click here. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar as we add several training events without announcing them in the weekly updates.
We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. To view the regional “one-pager” please click here.
1. 2019 Academy Planning Workgroup Seeks Presentations
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy Planning Workgroup, is soliciting requests for presentations for this years academy. Considering this year’s theme Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats, please consider submitting an abstract for a session at the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy.
There are five delivery format options:
- “Quick hitters”….10 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A.(1 Presenter)
- 1-hour Panel Discussion (Max. 3 Panelist plus 1 Moderator)
- 50-60 minute Breakout Session Presentation (Max. 3 Presenters)
- 3-hour Pre or Post Conference Workshop
- Poster Presentation
Please submit your submissions NO LATER than close of business Tuesday November 27, 2018 on at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BL5CFYM
After submission of abstracts, a Committee will decide on the finalists for inclusion in the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy. As always, we will be looking to have a variety of topics, representation from each region of the state, and relevance to the theme.
Selections will be made by Friday, January 4, 2018. You will be contacted in January if your abstract is selected.
2. 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held on March 19-21,2019 at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The theme this year for the Academy is Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats.
Examples of 21st Century Threats Include:
- Environmental impacts of fracked gas pipelines
- Civil unrest/terrorism
- Gun violence
- Opioid epidemic
- Emerging biological threats
- Cybersecurity threats
- Increasing stress on the social determinants of health (economic insecurity, etc)
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Course: ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
When: Wednesday, November 28 – 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, November 29 & 30, 2018 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Central Shenandoah EMS Council : Room Training Room
2312 W Beverly St., Staunton, Virginia United States 24401
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. Please see this flyer for additional details.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Registration: https://www.train.org/virginia/course/1014182/live_event [Train Course # 1014182]
4. Notice from the Virginia Department of Health Regarding Acute Flaccid Myelitis
The Virginia Department of Health has recently received reports of individuals with signs/symptoms consistent with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Similarly, there has been an increase in reports and cases of AFM across the United States. From January 1 through October 26, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received 191 reports of patients under investigation (PUI) for AFM, of which 72 cases have been confirmed.
The letter from the State Health Commission can be found here.
Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Real Experiences and Practical Applications
ASPR TRACIE is hosting a webinar on November 14, from 1:30-3:00PM. It will begin with an overview and history of hospital-based incident command centers and feature speakers from three large health care organizations who have experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. They will go through the incident, how they implemented the incident command system, any lessons learned as an outcome and how they have incorporated these lessons into their current systems and plans. Check out this flyer for additional information. Space is limited so register today for this free webinar.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively investigating acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs. From August 2014 through October 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 396 confirmed cases of AFM across the US; most of the cases have occurred in children. As of October 26, there are 72 confirmed cases of AFM so far in 2018. The patients’ symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. CDC has not confirmed the cause for the majority of these cases.
During this COCA call, subject matter experts from CDC will highlight the importance of reporting cases to learn more about this condition and the process for reporting. They will also cover specimen collection and testing, and what CDC is doing for its AFM investigation.
At the conclusion of this COCA Call, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:
- Identify symptoms of AFM to look for in patients.
- Explain the process for reporting suspected AFM cases that meet the clinical criteria.
- List the types of specimens to collect from suspected cases of AFM and where to send them for testing.
- Discuss the activities CDC is conducting as part of its AFM investigation.
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 2:00-3:00 P.M. ET
A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16699006833,,272662215# or +16468769923,,272662215#
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 272 662 215
International numbers available:
The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a week after the COCA Call.
Free Continuing Education (CE) is available for most COCA Calls. Please see below for instructions on how to receive CE.
To receive continuing education (CE) for WC2922-111318 – (Live) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know – November 13, 2018 please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by December 17, 2018.
To receive continuing education (CE) for WD2922-111318 – (Enduring) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know – November 13, 2018 (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by December 18, 2020.
Homeland Security Warns of Vulnerabilities in Roche’s Handheld Medical Devices
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a vulnerability warning for certain Roche point of care handheld medical devices, according to FDA News.
Several of Roche’s devices used to check blood glucose, test anticoagulation or monitor heartbeat irregularities have vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a hacker. The report warns about five products, including the Accu-Chek Inform II, CoaguChek Pro II, CoaguChek XS Plus, CoaguChek XS Pro and the cobas h 232 POC system.
Roche has scheduled fixes for the devices and expects the updated products to be released later this month. The company recommend restricting network and physical access to the devices and monitoring the system for suspicious activity.
Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital Review
1. L0103 Planning Emergency Operations and L0102 Science of Disaster
The L0102 and L0103 classes have been rescheduled. They are both in the COVLC and ready for you to register! https://covlc.virginia.gov/
L0103 – Planning Emergency Operations
November 13 & 14, 2018
L0102 – Science of Disaster
December 11-13, 2018
The location for both classes is still the same: Spotsylvania Fire & Rescue, 4804 Bancroft Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408(click the link for directions)
NOTE: Click here to visit the VDEM Training, Education, and Exercise Division webpage. Contact the HelpDesk at 804-897-9995 or email LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov if you have questions about a VDEM course or accessing the Virginia Learning Center.
2. G191 EOC/ICS Interface
Dates: December 6, 2018
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Orange County Rescue Squad
151 Berry Hill Road
Orange, VA 22960
Description: The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community.
Target Audience: This course is intended for ICS and EOC personnel. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface.
Prerequisite: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents
Registration Instructions: Registration will be done electronically via the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center at: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. Deadline to register is Dec. 1, 2018.
If you need help or have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email:LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov. Deadline to register is December 1, 2018.
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Dates: January 9-10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Madison Fire Station, 1223 North Main ST, Madison, VA 22727
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
Prerequisites: Applicants must document completion of all of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Please email certificates to:
Tamara Del Rosario
Academic Support Technician
Registration: Registration is OPEN and will remain open until January 4, 2019. To register, log-in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learn Center: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. When searching for this course in the VLC, use this keyword: ICS 300. Be sure to select the ICS 300 (11) option from the list. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995.
4. L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management
Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course. This two-week course is the first of five in the EM Basic Academy program. This course is highly recommended for new as well as experienced members of the emergency management community as it provides a comprehensive view of the profession’s core functions, policies, and goals. To this end, this course is required for all VDEM staff. Click here for more information and the application packet.
Dates: Week 1: February 4-8, 2019
Location: McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Dates: Week 2: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 10501 Trade Court, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
Please submit your completed application by November 16th. If you have questions, please contact Candice Crockett.
Interim Academic Support Coordinator
Training, Education and Exercise Division
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-9780 office
(804) 385-7487 cell
1. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition has begun receiving requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your your organizations resides with the Northwest Region and has not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details.
We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.
2. Reducing Workplace Violence Free Webinar
On November 14th, the American Hospital Association will host a webinar at 2:00 pm on how hospitals and health systems can work to manage workplace safety and reduce violence on site. Experts from Grady Health System will share their multi-pronged plan to ensure safety and empower staff confidence and well-being. View more information and register.
3. Helping CEO’s Determine Cybersecurity Risk
On November 14th, the American Hospital Association will host a webinar at 1:00 pm to offer the latest tips to decrease your hospital’s risk of cyber attacks. John Riggi, AHA’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, will share the top 12 considerations designed to help CEOs and their staff identify the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks against the most dangerous threats. View more information and register.
4. Hospitals Care for Victims of Mass Shooting in California
Los Robles Regional Medical Center treated 11 people injured during last night’s mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. One patient, a sergeant with the Ventura County Sherriff’s Department, died and the others were treated and released from the hospital’s trauma center. “Our hearts are with the family of slain Sgt. Ron Helus and with his extended family, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and with all of the victims of this tragedy,” the Thousand Oaks hospital said in a statement today. Eight victims were treated for minor injuries at Adventist Health Simi Valley, and three victims were treated for minor injuries at Dignity Health’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Thirteen people, including the gunman, died from the shooting.
Source: American Hospital Association
5. CDC: Opioid Epidemic Driving up Hepatitis C Infections
Nearly 2.4 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C and the amount of new infections each year is “disturbingly high” and growing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. The number of reported cases more than tripled from 2010 to 2016 nationwide, with most new infections due to increased injection drug use associated with the opioid epidemic, primarily among adults under 40. “The shadow of the opioid crisis puts our nation’s progress at risk,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “Tackling hepatitis C requires diagnosing and curing people living with the virus and cutting off new infections at the source.” According to the CDC, Hepatitis C also poses a serious health threat to baby boomers, who have the highest rate of hepatitis C-related deaths, and infants born to mothers with the disease.
Source: American Hospital Association