1. Regional Coalition Meeting
1. Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will conduct a Supply Chain Management Table Top Exercise Wednesday February 26, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am until 12:00 pm instead of its monthly meeting. The Table Top Exercise will discuss supply chain interruption and actions based on the Emergency Operations Plan for your facility. Please register for the exercise because it will allow us to capture the number of attendees. For more information, click the link below. We will follow the exercise with an After Action Review (AAR) Thursday March 26, 2020. The exercise will be conducted at Augusta Community Care (on the Augusta Health Campus), 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA, 22939. For more information, please contact Matt Cronin, regional Exercise and Training Coordinator.
2. Save the Dates
Upcoming training and conferences:
The Coalition is able to send to people to the 2020 NACCHO Preparedness Summit in Dallas. Please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator Matt Cronin if you would like to attend the multi-day event. If you would like to attend, we must have your name and contact information before February 15, 2020 to allow us enough time to receive approval from VHHA and VDH. We are allowed to send and reimburse two coalition members for expenses incurred resulting from attending the summit. These members include healthcare organizational staff with responsibility of emergency management or are involved in emergency preparedness planning, fire, EMS, and local emergency management.
The Coalition is able to send to people to The Joint Commission Emergency Preparedness Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator Matt Cronin if you would like to attend the two-day event. If you would like to attend, we must have your name and contact information before March 21, 2020 to allow us enough time to receive approval from VHHA and VDH. We are allowed to send and reimburse two coalition members for expenses incurred resulting from attending the summit. These members include healthcare organizational staff with responsibility of emergency management or are involved in emergency preparedness planning, fire, EMS, and local emergency management.
The Coalition is hosting a Supply Chain Table Top Exercise February 26, 2020 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Augusta Community Care Building at Augusta Health. The purpose of the exercise is to assist healthcare organizations identify potential supply chain limitations, evaluate the organizational Emergency Operations Plan, address short-term and long-term supply shortages, evaluate the organizational Continuity of Operations Plan, and evaluate methods to communicate supply chain interruption needs. We will also host an After Action Review Webinar on March 26th. For more information and to register, please click here for the flier.
3. Clinical Advisor
3. Clinical Advisor
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is seeking a part-time physician to serve as a clinical advisor. The job announcement can be found here. We ask healthcare organizational staff to please assist us by spreading the word about this open position. As part of our grant funding requirement, we must hire a physician before the next grant period begins.
4. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition continues to receive 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 organization resides within the Northwest Region and you have 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.
Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health monitors the level of activity of influenza-like illness (ILI) each week from October through May. Those are the months when influenza (“flu”) is most likely to occur in Virginia, and that time period is referred to as the “flu season”.
The Virginia Department of Health uses a number of different data sources to determine the level of flu activity that is occurring each week during flu season. The main data sources that are used to make the weekly flu activity level determination are:
- laboratory reports
- outbreak reports, and
- data on visits to hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers for flu-like illness.
Flu Activity Levels:
Flu surveillance is not designed to count every person who has the disease. That would be nearly impossible because not all people with the disease are diagnosed by a physician and even fewer have their illness confirmed by a laboratory test.
Instead, VDH monitors changes in flu activity from week to week in each of the five health planning regions to look for increases compared to a baseline period. Activity is based on illness complaints that lead people to seek care in a hospital emergency department or urgent care center. Flu-like illness is defined as a fever along with a cough and/or a sore throat.
To view the weekly report, click here.
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights
The HPH Sector Highlights – Preparedness, Resilience, and Response Edition is a weekly email produced by the HHS ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) on behalf of the HPH Sector Partnership. It provides updates on healthcare and public health critical infrastructure resources, tools and events related to preparedness, resilience, and response.
- Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad
- CISA Statement on Iranian Cybersecurity Threats
- FBI Resources on Iran Cyber Activities
- NEW FBI Flash on SharePoint Vulnerability
- NEW FBI Flash on Kwampirs Malware
- Upcoming HC3 “Trickbot Malware” Briefing
- Cisco Releases Security Updates
Elevated Influenza Activity: Influenza B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 Viruses are the Predominant Viruses
This health advisory notifies clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States. Ongoing elevated activity is due to influenza B/Victoria viruses, increasing circulation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses, and low levels of influenza B/Yamagata and influenza A(H3N2) viruses. CDC’s influenza forecasts suggest that national influenza activity will remain elevated for several more weeks.
G775 EOC Operations and Management course is scheduled for January 22-24, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
L146: Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) course is scheduled for February 4-5, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G0205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role course is scheduled for February 10-11, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for February 19, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Delivery Model course is scheduled for February 26-26, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for March 16, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G191 EOC/ICS Interface course is scheduled for March 27, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for April 7, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G202 Debris Management course is scheduled for April 21-23, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Workshop course is scheduled for May 20, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
Additional course offerings by VDEM in Virginia
1. University Health System facing lowest blood supply in 14 years
University Health System in San Antonio is facing a critical blood shortage, with the lowest supply the health system has seen in at least 14 years, local CBS affiliate Kens 5 News reported.
University Hospital brings in about 500 to 600 units of blood in a good month, which covers less than half of what it needs to treat patients, according to Kens 5 News. The rest reportedly comes from the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which is also facing a shortage.
“If it gets to a critical level, we will have to start canceling elective surgeries in order to conserve our blood for the patients we already have,” Leslie Greebon, MD, the medical director of transfusion services told the station.
Dr. Greebon, who’s been with University Health System for 14 years, said the blood supply is the lowest she’s ever seen. University Hospital’s blood supply is so low, it could take a major hit from a single car accident, Kens 5 News reported.
“One patient can use hundreds of units, which we don’t have at this time,” Dr. Greebon said.
Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Supply Chain Report
2. Hospitals see surge of babies with the respiratory illness RSV
A deadly respiratory illness that’s spreading rapidly this year can be very dangerous for infants and young children. Every year in the U.S., about 57,000 kids under age 5 need to be treated in hospitals for respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also lead to as many as 500 deaths per year.
The CDC and state health department don’t track severe RSV like they do with the flu. But besides Wisconsin, hospitals in at least four other states — Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and New York — have reported a surge in cases. Paisley Mitchell, who is three weeks old, is recovering from RSV in the ICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which has seen 100 more patients than it had by this time last year.
Source: Adriana Diaz of CBS News
3. MD Anderson Cancer Center short of O-positive red blood cells
The MD Anderson Cancer Center is in urgent need of O-positive red blood cells, the center tweeted Jan. 4. The center is asking anyone who is able to donate to visit one of its three blood donation centers located in Houston. MD Anderson cancer patients require about 200 units of red blood cells and 600 units of platelets daily, according to the center’s website.
Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Supply Chain Report