May 23 – 29, 2022


1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Becki Chester is the on-call staff member for May. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422.
To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to rhcc@nwrhcc.org.

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will host its monthly meeting Thursday June 9, 2022 (no meeting in May). The agenda, the March meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line. 


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COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.

VDH has developed a COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission dashboard. This dashboard indicates the severity of the case counts in the local jurisdictions. Click here to view the dashboard.


 

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The Exchange, Issue 15 Ethics in Healthcare During Disasters

While ethical dilemmas existed in healthcare prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this crisis presented healthcare workers with unprecedented challenges during patient surges related to adequate supply and ensuring equitable access to treatment and vaccines. 

This issue of The Exchange includes the following articles:


  Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monkeypox Virus Infection in the United States and Other Non-endemic Countries—2022

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States.
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1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. 
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

2. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

3. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA


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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 20

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month: New Resources for First Responders  
  • NIST Competition Aims to Improve Unmanned Aircraft in Indoor Search and Rescue Scenarios
  • more
    Read More »

2. USFA Digest: May 20, 2022

  • EMS Safety Practices  
  • NFIRS COVID-19 Special Study
  • more
    Read More »

3. National Emergency Management Executive Academy (NEMEA)

The National Emergency Management Executive Academy provides an ideal setting for a diverse representation of senior emergency management executives to come together and explore contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges. The program hones strategic leadership and critical thinking skills for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, homeland security and emergency management policy development and decision-making responsibilities. Participants work collaboratively on team capstone projects, which are the cohort’s opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the profession of emergency management. NOTE: Completion of the Basic Academy or Advanced Academy is NOT a prerequisite to apply for the NEMEA.
Course overview and application process

4. National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)

NEMAA reinforces the qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance emergency management (EM) skill sets. NEMAA participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

NEMAA is designed for mid-level managers/professionals with a background and experience in an Emergency Management (EM) position who want to advance their skillset. Participants learn knowledge critical to performing EM responsibilities, such as program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking.
Course overview and application process

5. Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP)

The program reinforces the qualities needed to lead whole community public information/external affairs programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance public information/external affairs skill sets. MPIOP participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

MPIOP participants will contribute to the body of knowledge for emergency management related public information. This includes evaluation of leadership, group dynamics and functional best practices of joint information centers (JICs) by monitoring student activity during advanced public information officer course offerings.
Course overview and application process


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Training Calendar

1. Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC)

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to earn the CHEC certification. We are partnering with the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance to offer two courses required for certification. The Basic Course is two days, June 21-22 and the Advanced Course is one day, June 23. Both classes begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. The courses will be taught at Bridgewater Rescue Squad.  Although the flyer has registration details, you cannot complete the registration without the enrollment key. For more details please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Ashley Waite and see the attached flyer.
Course Announcement Flyer

2. L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes.
Harrisonburg, VA
June 15-16, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

3. V450: ICS 400 Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization
June 28-29, 2022 8:30am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

4. Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy
The EMPP Basic Academy is a five (5) course entry-level program for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. It is also suitable for experienced emergency management personnel who want to expand their knowledge across all mission areas and contexts. 
VDEM Region 4
VDEM Region 6
VDEM Region 2


1. Forget the Add-On Role: Here’s Who Really Wants That Infection Preventionist Job
Skilled nursing facilities should shift away from handing infection preventionist roles to floor nurses and instead recruit professionals with a background in the field to ensure their programs are successful, a leading expert says.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News

2. The Joint Commission on COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements

  • COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements-Clinical Contraindications/Medical Exemption Documentation for Deemed Organizations|Critical Access Hospital|Leadership LD-View More
  • COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements-Clinical Contraindications/Medical Exemption Documentation for Deemed Organizations|Hospital and Hospital Clinics|Leadership LD-View More
  • COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements-Clinical Contraindications/Medical Exemption Documentation for Deemed Organizations|Home Care|Leadership LD-View More

3. GE Urged to Allocate Scarce Imaging Dye to Hospitals Based on Need
A national shortage of contrast media is hindering hospital and health systems’ ability to care for patients and what’s available should be distributed based on need, the American Hospital Association said in a May 16 letter to GE Healthcare.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean
of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Tennessee Hospitalizations Spotlight Infant Formula Shortage
The shortages are fueled by supply chain issues and recalls from Abbott, which holds 48.1 percent of the baby formula market. The company closed its manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Mich., in February and recalled several products over contamination issues that left four children in the hospital with rare infections.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean
of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. HHS Releases 3rd Round of Free COVID-19 Tests
A third round of free at-home COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government are now available, NBC News reported May 17.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson
of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Non-Clinical Staff Shortages Cause Hospices ‘Sleepless Nights’
Hospice providers are nearly desperate to recruit nurses, but their labor woes do not end there. A shortage of non-clinical staff is an additional sore spot.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Holly Vossel of Hospice News

7. The Joint Commission on Managing Contrast Agents Shortages

  • Contrast Agents–Guidance for Managing Shortages and Conservation|Hospital and Hospital Clinics|Medication Management MMView More
  • Contrast Agents–Guidance for Managing Shortages and Conservation|Critical Access Hospital|Medication Management MMView More

8. CDC Investigates 180 Cases of Unexplained Hepatitis in Children
At least 180 children have developed severe hepatitis from an unknown cause in the last seven months, the CDC said May 18. The cases occurred in 36 states and territories since October. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. COVID-19 Hospitalizations up in 46 States
COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 31 percent nationwide over the last 14 days, with 46 states and Washington, D.C., reporting an increase. Virginia is 2nd highest with 62%.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW