The best information out there is still "maybe." This strain of swine flu is new, including genetic components of prior swine, avian, and human influenza viruses. It is difficult to predict how contagious and how virulent any new disease organism might be.
MRC GEM was well-represented, and received a national award, at the first-ever Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness, and Response Training Summit held recently in Dallas, Texas.
A study commissioned by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform concluded that U.S. hospital surge capacity is inadequate to deal with the "predictable surprise."
Member Lynda Flage led the first part of our new in-depth CBRNE training on September 20, 2008. MRC GEM members were instructed in awareness, safety, PPE, and recognition of various chemical agents.
CDC released a new web site containing the Pandemic Influenza Storybook, the personal recollections of survivors, families, and friends. This is fascinating reading and gives us a better idea of what we might face in a future pandemic. The site is available at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/storybook/index.html
MRC GEM members helped with the MD, RN, and non-medical needs of the Lawrenceville, GA Gustav evacuee shelter. Members remain on standby to provide additional assistance if needed both for Gustav victims and for those who might be displaced by Hanna.
MRC GEM members may be called upon to help with shelter staffing as Georgia prepares to receive what may be as many as 10,000 evacuees forced out of their homes by Hurricane Gustav.
On August 16 2008, over 20 students and graduates from Gwinnett Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program attended a presentation given by, MRC GEM Executive Director Sherwin Levinson (Executive Director)and VP of Operations Tony Varamo (VP Operations)on Federal, state and local organizations available to assist with emergency preparedness.
Mmmm, summer! Those long, sunny days, with plenty of time for relaxing at the lake or pool, catching up on your "honey-do" list around the house, traveling, or pursuing educational opportunities. Here's what your MRC GEM unit has been up to this summer:
the risk of a large-scale biological attack on the Nation is significant. We know that our terrorist enemies have sought to use biological agents as instruments of their warfare, and we believe that capability is within their reach.
On June 30, Knox County Health Department tested the concept of a drive-through POD in a simulated anthrax exposure exercise. As part of the exercise, East Tennessee Regional Health Department set up a dispensing operation in a high school gym. Local SNS plans and hospital surveillance systems were also tested. See the Knoxville News Sentinel for more details.
A total of 23 members completed our online survey. Results show that we're doing many things right. For example, almost 80% like Saturday mornings for training and exercises. But members would like to see us become more active in the community, providing first aid stations and information booths at festivals, health fairs, and other events. Please click here for full results.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says you shouldn't consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. These products may cause significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.