ACEP unveils plan to manage fall pandemic wave

first_img Stephen Cantrill, MD, an emergency department physician in Denver and a member of ACEP’s clinical policy committee, told CIDRAP News that the novel influenza plan is also designed to raise awareness among emergency physicians. The potential burdens will be vast, he said, not only for keeping the workforce functioning during the surge, but also keeping departments adequately supplied. He added that planning for a second wave will be successful only with cooperation between first responders and public health officials. The plan urges local ACEP chapters to enlist support from state and local health directors, local emergency managers, and political leaders for emergency planning efforts. The 16-page plan was produced under a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and its Emergency Care Coordination Center, ACEP said today in a press release. The document defines critical capabilities and suggests ways to achieve them, ACEP said. As a result, if the second pandemic wave begins September, health officials may depend heavily on community mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the virus. Emergency departments will still face a surge of patients, but interventions such as school closures will likely strain the department workforces even further, the ACEP plan warns. The nation’s economic problems and the importance of staying on the job may add to the pressures to keep schools open, the planners wrote. News reports of deaths in young people, an age-group currently bearing the brunt of illnesses, might fuel even more parents to seek medical care for their children. Jul 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently released a plan to help emergency departments, first responders, and public health departments manage a surge in pandemic flu cases that many experts predict will happen this fall. The plan includes 27 capabilities for emergency department response to a severe novel H1N1 outbreak, each with suggested steps and an outline for what level of health or government group is responsible. For example, the plan covers personal protective equipment stockpiling, facility security, crowd management, alternate locations for triage and screening, and configuring waiting rooms for social distancing, if possible. See also: One of ACEP’s key planning assumptions is that large volumes of vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus probably won’t be available until mid October at the earliest and that the public won’t be protected from infections until 2 weeks after a second injection. “There are so many vulnerabilities in the supply chain, where do you start?” he asked, adding that even departments that are well prepared might not able to sustain their supplies. ACEP national novel H1N1 influenza strategy The impact of the influenza pandemic on emergency departments will be affected greatly by how local public health officials craft their messages to the public, Cantrill said. He said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has done a good job communicating flu facts to the public, including details on when to seek medical care. “While the precise effects on emergency departments to function cannot be predicted with confidence, contingency plans should be made for a challenging scenario,” the plan states. Social distancing measures will also affect critical infrastructure businesses and institutions, which may slow the flow of transportation and supplies. Emergency planners shouldn’t assume that antiviral medications will be effective for a virus that may have undergone selection pressure between waves, the report notes. “While H1N1’s virulence is not predictable, it is expected to be highly contagious and will place added strains on the emergency care system,” said Nicholas Jouriles, MD, president of the ACEP, in the statement. The main components of the plan, based on the federal template for managing biological threats, include situational awareness, protecting emergency department infrastructure and personnel, preventing service disruptions, organizing a timely surge response, and recovering to the previous status. Communications with local and state public health officials are crucial, and it’s important to have agreements in place for the “triggers” authorities will use to “stand down” the pandemic plan, according to the document. Jul 6 ACEP press releaselast_img read more

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafaq banned for six years

first_img(BBC) – AFGHANISTAN wicketkeeper-batsman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, has been banned for six years from all forms of cricket after breaching anti-corruption rules.Shafaq admitted to four charges while playing for Afghan club, Nangarhar Leopards, in 2018 and Sylhet Thunder in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League.The 30-year-old has played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20s.The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s senior anti-corruption manager said the ban was a warning for all players.“This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League T20,” said Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi.“The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the Bangladesh Premier League 2019.“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB.“Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”last_img read more

FSU, FAMU Relieved After Trump Administration Reverses ICE Rule

first_imgAcross Tallahassee, FAMU Provost Maurice Edington also had scheduled a town hall to address the issue.“This is great news for our international students,” said William T. Hyndman III, assistant vice president for International Education and Development, at FAMU. “Nationally there are over one million international students in the U.S. and they contribute over $41 billion to the U.S. economy. We are very happy that this rule has been rescinded.”The rescinded directive comes as universities nationwide are making their plans for fall instruction in the midst of the pandemic.The letter from nearly 200 FSU faculty read:“On July 6, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive denying foreign students enrolled in entirely online programs permission to remain in or enter the United States. These tenured faculty at FSU ask the University to take legal action to prohibit enforcement of the directive.”United Faculty of Florida/FSU Chapter and the Graduate Assistants United/FSU Chapter, also have sent a letter to FSU’s administration.The joint statement called the federal policy “reckless, guileless, and careless.”“It will endanger the physical safety and well-being of not only our international students but also our domestic students if classes are required to be in-person this fall,” the statement reads. “If this policy is left unchallenged, many of our international students will be forced to discontinue their education at FSU.” University provosts and academic deans around Florida are relieved that a federal judge announced this week that the Trump administration had rescinded its order prohibiting international college students from staying in the country if their universities offered online-only courses.Judge Allison Burroughs, a federal district judge in Boston, made the announcement Tuesday, during a session to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that was filed last week by Harvard and MIT seeking the reversal.Burroughs explained that the universities’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the rule was a moot point, because the government had already agreed to rescind the policy.“The Government has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020” policy, the clerk’s notes from Tuesday’s session state.The original guideline, which was issued last Monday by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, determined that international students attending institutions that teach partly online must be enrolled in a least one face-to-face or hybrid class, in order to justify their continued presence in the country.The Harvard-MIT suit was supported by more than 200 universities across the country, including Florida State and Florida A&M universities.Last Monday, nearly 200 FSU professors endorsed a letter to President John Thrasher, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie and the school’s Board of Governors, requesting that FSU to file its own legal action.“FSU spent huge energy this week working to protect our community from this xenophobia,” said Will Hanley, an associate professor of history at FSU who signed the faculty letter. “It was the court challenges of our peer institutions that defeated the policy, however. I hope that next time, we join them.”last_img read more