In the past, State and federal funding was slow in reaching out to health care partners and integrating team in emergency response. With the Department of Health and Human Services’ publication of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) in December 2009 and starting in 2010 the Biennial Implementation Plan, the NHSS focus has been on integrating public health and medicinal health care provider response and strategies to generate a framework of accountability and quality improvement throughout all levels of the medical system.
CASCA is actively working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Emergency Preparedness & Response Division to facilitate coordination among ASCs, government agencies, and the overall surrounding community towards Emergency Preparedness. Part of this mission is to provide information that may be beneficial to those in the health care industry with regards to emergency preparedness. Below is a link to an interactive ASC Emergency Preparedness Checklist with useful websites and information. Also below is a link to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management’s list of Emergency Manager contact information by county for all 64 counties in Colorado.
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Archived Emergency Preparedness Articles
Health Officials Begin to Ease Public Alerts About Swine Flu (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Closing schools once a student falls ill with no longer be worth the toll on students and families, because the illness will soon be present almost everywhere in the country and few cases have been severe, federal health authorities say. (Registration required)
Worry? Relax? Buy Face Mask? Answers on Flu (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Confused about swine flu? It’s no wonder, with all the seemingly mixed messages coming out of health agencies and news organizations. (Registration required)
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Evolutionary biology may sometimes seem like an arcane academic pursuit, but just try telling that to Gavin Smith, a virologist at Hong Kong University. (Registration required)
Prison systems halt visits as precaution against flu (USAToday, May 5, 2009) Some of the nation’s largest prison systems have ended visitation and quarantined at-risk inmates to block the spread of swine flu, state and federal officials said Monday.
Fears of a deadly outbreak abate as swine flu virus gains foothold (Boston Globe, May 5, 2009) When a novel flu virus emerged from a dusty Mexican village, disease investigators feared a global killer was on the loose: Two weekends ago, adults and children were falling ill by the hundreds in Mexico City, and reports of more than 100 deaths drew parallels to the lethal flu pandemic of 1918. (Registration required)
What You Can Do About Flu (Washington Post, May 5, 2009) As new swine flu cases continue to be reported, what precautions are recommended for individuals and families? (Registration required)
Businesses Prepare Flu Plans: Disinfect And Telecommute (Washington Post, May 5, 2009) In McLean, an emergency operations center has been opened with large monitors hanging on the wall tracking the progress of swine flu. (Registration required)
Flu outbreak in Mexico affected by poor waiting too long before getting treatment (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 10, 2009) Toward the start of Mexico’s swine flu outbreak on April 24, Angel Flores Maldonado had so many patients at his office that when he finally escaped at 10:15 that night, the line still stretched into the street.
Even as Fears of Flu Ebb, Mexicans Feel Stigma (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Medical experts are calling the new influenza virus A(H1N1), but for many Mexicans it is simply a scarlet A. (Registration required)
The Cost of Staying Home Sick (Editorial, New York Times, May 5, 2009) It sounded like the responsible course of action when President Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people with flu symptoms to stay at home so they do not infect others in the community — and to keep any sick children out of school as well. (Registration required)
U.S. May Add Shots for Swine Flu to Fall Regimen (Washington Post, May 6, 2009) The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots — one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe. (Registration required)
Welcome To Air Pandemic (Washington Post, May 6, 2009) Against the advice of our vice president, I have braved the germ-infested world, forced into transit by prior commitments and surrounded by strangers who may not recently have washed their hands. (Registration required)
New swine flu concern going forward: Drug resistance (USA Today, May 6, 2009) Fear of swine flu in the early days of the outbreak sent people racing to grab up antiviral drugs just to feel safe, and that has caused concern among experts who worry about the virus developing drug resistance.
Schools Shut by Flu Can Reopen (Washington Post, May 6, 2009) U.S. health officials yesterday retracted a recommendation that schools close for as long as two weeks if a student catches swine flu, a move that reflects growing confidence that the outbreak may be milder than initially feared, despite the death of the first American from the illness.
Texan Is Second to Die of the New Flu Strain in U.S. (Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2009) A woman living near the Mexican border in south Texas became the second person in the U.S. to die of a new strain of flu, as the virus causing it continued to spread around the globe.
Citizen Emergency Response Training The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model created by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1986. Since then, hundreds of communities across the United States have established their own CERT programs. http://www.denvergov.org/OEM/CitizenEmergencyResponseTraining/tabid/426128/Default.aspx