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CDC Updates Ebola PPE Guidance

Mon, Aug 31, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its PPE guidance for healthcare workers caring for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients.

WHO in Hot Water Again

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

The World Health Organization continues on a downward spiral following their botched handling of the H1N1 outbreak. 

Guidelines for IV Push Meds Released

Fri, Jul 17, 2015

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has released a report from a two-day summit held in September 2014 on safe administration of intravenous push medications to adults. 

Meridian Issues Cyanokit Advisory

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Meridian Medical Technologies, manufacturer of the Cyanokit® (hydroxocobalamin) cyanide antidote has issued a letter to healthcare providers regarding a potential problem with the sterile transfer spike included in the kit.

EMS Telemedicine Questionnaire: Assessing the Impact of Prehospital Video

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

NPSTC's EMS Working Group is currently studying the use of prehospital (EMS) mobile telemedicine. This questionnaire is one step to help determine how video and images might be used in the prehospital patient care setting.

FDA Launches Drug Shortages App

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration released a mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, to allow rapid access to drug shortage information.

Survey Finds MRSA Prevalent in Washington Fire Stations

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

A survey sent out to 33 fire stations around Washington state found more than a half tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a news report.

Report on PAPR Use in Healthcare

Wed, Jan 7, 2015

The Institute of Medicine Report, Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report, was published yesterday.

Hand Sanitizers Not Readily Accessible

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

One in five U.S. healthcare facilities fails to have hand sanitizers at every point of patient care, according to a recent study.

Is Your Stethoscope Dirty?

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

A study published this year in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings compared contamination of physician hands to their stethoscopes.

New Organization for Public Safety Infection Control Officers

Thu, May 1, 2014

The National Association for Public Safety Infection Control Officers (NAPSICO) is a new non-profit association established to give you the tools needed to develop and manage an effective infection control program in your department.

IV Fluid Shortage: EMS Can Help

Tue, Mar 25, 2014

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released an urgent call to action on March 20, 2014 describing immediate actions healthcare providers, hospitals, and EMS services can take to alleviate the current acute shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.

Fire Service-Based EMS Toolkit Revised

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

The electronic toolkit originally released in 2010 to provide fire service leaders and fire union officials with the latest information and resources on Fire-Based EMS has been revised.

Long-Awaited CV Disease Updates Released

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Four long-overdue updates to treatment and monitoring guidelines for cardiovascular disease have finally been released. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI), in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACA) and American Heart Association (AHA) released updates to cholesterol treatment guidelines, cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment, CV risk reduction, and obesity management guidelines on November 14, 2013

Drug Shortages: Are You Part of the Problem?

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report issued in October 2013 lists steps the agency has taken to alleviate drug shortages in the United States. If you read between the lines, there is a suggestion that buyers (not just hospitals, but fire and EMS) may share responsibility for drug shortages.

FDA Acts on Drug Shortages

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration announced October 31, 2013 that the agency has taken two steps expected to help reduce critical drug shortages.

Ventilation Affects Post Arrest Neuro Outcomes

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

A recent study found both hypercapnia and hypocapnia lead to poor neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest.

GlaxoSmithKline Awarded Up to $200M by U.S. to Develop New Antibiotics

Fri, May 24, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have agreed to a first of its kind collaboration that will support the development of several antibiotics to fight antibiotic resistance and bioterrorism.

Finally, an EMS Infection Control Reference

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has developed a free, downloadable Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services.

Fire-Based EMS: NEMSAC Issues National EMS Recommendations

Tue, Mar 5, 2013

The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a March 2013 summary report of recommendations for EMS in the United States.

Fire EMS: FDA Seeks Drug Shortage Comments

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is soliciting comments in drafting a strategic plan on drug shortages.


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