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HHS Developing Reusable Respirator

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced they are developing a reusable respirator to better protect medical providers during pandemics. “During public health emergencies, particularly in severe pandemics, equipment may be in short supply to protect the professionals who are essential to saving lives,” explained BARDA Director Rick Bright, Ph.D. “By sponsoring…

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Texas Hospitals Urge Delay or Repeal of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Reductions

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule to implement the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment reductions beginning fiscal year 2018 through 2025, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The Texas Hospital Association has called for the repeal or delay the cuts, as Texas hospitals stand to lose about $150 million in federal…

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Participation Request for NHSTA Research Effort

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested participation from EMS agencies in their research effort to characterize ground ambulance operator training in EMS systems. Although training for ground ambulance operators has been repeatedly identified as an important step in the emergency medical services safety system, not much is known about the extent and…

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ASPR: How to Include Health Security in Your Community’s Summer Events

The U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently released recommendations on ways local communities can incorporate health security into community events. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can teach their communities about bystander preparedness. A hospital or American Red Cross representatives that can provide first-aid or CPR demonstrations. Your local fire department or…

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Drug Enforcement Administration Releases Guide on Fentanyl for First Responders

In the last several years, U.S. Law Enforcement has seen a dramatic increase in the availability of dangerous synthetic opioids. A large majority of these synthetic opioids are structural derivatives of the synthetic drug “fentanyl.”  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid currently listed as a Schedule II prescription drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human…

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ACS Supports Developing National Trauma Action Plan

The American Academy of Surgeons recently released a statement in support of a national trauma action plan. “Traumatic injury – such as car crashes, falls, head injuries, burns and firearm injuries – continues to be the most important health problem of three vitally important groups: our children, adults up to age 47 and our deployed…

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Bill Would Improve Trauma Care with Military-Civilian Partnerships

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently introduced the MISSION ZERO Act, S. 3407, to assist assigning Department of Defense (DoD) trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers. This bill will address variations in care methods that exist, while also providing military surgeons with additional training. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) are original cosponsors of…

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HHS Calls on Center for Innovation to Accelerate Zika Vaccine Development

To accelerate development of a Zika vaccine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will begin developing a vaccine using its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in Baltimore, Maryland. With funding and direction from ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development…

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