January 23 – 29, 2023

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Jordan Rennie is the duty officer for January. 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 monthly meeting for February (9th) will be via virtual. We will not have our regularly scheduled meeting. We will conduct the Radiological Annex Table Top Exercise instead. 

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1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
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2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health offers a weekly report that tracks visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness.
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3. Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program (HAI High Sign Newsletter)
Our HAI/AR Program newsletter, the HAI High Sign is published on a regular basis and distributed electronically to hospital infection preventionists, key stakeholders from other healthcare facilities and membership organizations, as well as health department staff.
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Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
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1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

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

3. Medical Device Shortage Update

Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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The InfoGram

  • Online Training: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters
  • Cyber Threats
  • More

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1. V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 25-26, 2023
8:00am to 4:30pm
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2. G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role
This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 31 – February 1, 2023

3. Region 3 National Emergency Management Basic Academy
The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the essential program for individuals committed to emergency management as a professional goal. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy provides learners with a broad foundation in emergency management policy and practice.
Where: *Central Virginia Community College
Where: **Liberty University in Lynchburg
* (L0101) Foundations of Emergency Management – August 14-18, 2023
** (L0102) Science of Disaster – September 19-21, 2023
** (L0103) Planning: Emergency Operations – October 17-18, 2023
** (L0146) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – November 15-16, 2023
** (L0105) Public Information and Warning – December 12-14, 2023
To view current offerings and register for these courses, please log in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center: https://covlc.virginia.gov/

4: CyberAware January 2022 1 of 2
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.
CyberAware January 2022 1 of 2

5: HealthAware Q4 – 2022
Healthcare related open-source email bulletins geared towards issues relevant to healthcare professionals. These products will include information regarding security of facilities and active shooter readiness, pandemic and infectious disease information, bio-terrorism trends, and news and other healthcare related Shield content.



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Training Calendar

1. 2023 National Resilience EXCH Virtual Summit
Over the course of three half-days, several hundred participants will learn, network, and collaborate with private sector critical infrastructure partners, state and local emergency managers, DHS/CISA, DHS/FEMA/FMCSA, trade associations, academia, industry, and research groups.
Date: January 24-26, 2023
Time: 12:30pm – 6:00pm EST (each day)
Register Now

2. Infection Prevention Education Series
NETEC has released a new education series on infection prevention and control for special pathogens. The courses in this program are designed for nurses, physicians, emergency responders, and other health care professionals—bringing you back to the basics of infection prevention and control. Earn up to 1.5 continuing education credits and complete the program in as little as 1.5 hours.
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3. 2023 Preparedness Summit
Registration for the 2023 Preparedness Summit, to be held April 24–27, 2023, in Atlanta, is officially open! The 2023 Preparedness Summit, Recover. Renew: Reprioritizing All-Hazards Preparedness, will provide an opportunity to revisit pressing issues in preparedness and share resources, shape policies, and build skills to mitigate a variety of threats. Please contact Ashley Shifflett before registering if you want to attend so we can receive approval to use money from the regional budget to pay for expenses related to the Summit. Take advantage of early-bird rates—register today!

1. Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
The Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) including the WISER website (https://wiser.nlm.nih.gov) and WebWISER (https://webwiser.nlm.nih.gov), and the standalone applications for Windows PCs, iOS app, and Android app, will be discontinued as of February 28, 2023. This change is part of NLM’s initiative to align and consolidate the Library’s health information to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted health information curated by NLM.

Other sources of Hazmat or Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) information are available with the following resources, which are also listed in the header notice on the WISER website:

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact NLM Customer Service (https://support.nlm.nih.gov/support/create-case).

2. New CDC Dashboards Track Hospital Stays, ED Visits for COVID, Flu, and RSV
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released a dashboard tracking hospitalization rates for laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus by age group, sex, race/ethnicity, state and season based on data from select counties in 13 states, which the agency will update weekly. CDC also released another dashboard tracking weekly emergency department visits for COVID-19, flu and RSV by age group and percent of all ED visits based on data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program.
Source: AHA Today

3. Study: Adopting Pediatric Readiness Standards Improves Survival
Emergency departments in the highest quartile of pediatric readiness based on National Pediatric Readiness Project standards have lower death rates for children with serious injury or illness than EDs in the lowest quartile, according to a federal study reported last week in JAMA Network Open.
Source: AHA Today

4. Some Hospital Staff Confuse Emergency Codes, Study Finds
Many hospital employees are unable to identify the meaning of emergency coes, which could hinder an urgent response to incidents, according to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Ambulance Shortage Compounded by EMS Dearth in Multiple States
Shortages of ambulances and emergency medical service employees are straining healthcare in some pockets of the U.S.
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Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Staffing Challenges, Demand top 2023 Home Care Challenges in new Survey
Staffing challenges, post-pandemic demand for services and regulatory changes top the list of challenges home care providers cited in a 2023 trends report by home health technology firm Axxess and professional services firm SimiTree.
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Source: Diane Eastabrook of McKnights Home Care

7. Lessons Learned After Hurricane Ian From one Dialysis Provider
On September 26th, 2022 Hurricane Ian was heading straight to Tampa Bay, which had not had a direct hit from a hurricane in over 60 years. The Fresenius Disaster Response Team was activated and dispatched an Incident Command team out of Mobile, AL and began to stage resources needed to operationalize facilities in Lake City, FL 100 miles north of Tampa.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: FKC Disaster Team email