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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892446/funding-public-health-emergency-preparedness-in-the-united-states
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Rebecca Katz, Aurelia Attal-Juncqua, Julie E Fischer
The historical precedents that support state and local leadership in preparedness for and response to disasters are in many ways at odds with the technical demands of preparedness and response for incidents affecting public health. New and revised laws and regulations, executive orders, policies, strategies, and plans developed in response to biological threats since 2001 address the role of the federal government in the response to public health emergencies. However, financial mechanisms for disaster response-especially those that wait for gubernatorial request before federal assistance can be provided-do not align with the need to prevent the spread of infectious agents or efficiently reduce the impact on public health...
September 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846915/humanitarian-forensic-action-its-origins-and-future
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Stephen Cordner, Morris Tidball-Binz
Humanitarian forensic action is the application of the knowledge and skills of forensic medicine and science to humanitarian action, especially following conflicts or disasters. It has its early roots in the experience of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and that of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, is moulded by International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and was developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Having demonstrated its worth, this new field of application of forensic medicine and science needs further development, integration and research...
August 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829007/how-do-doctors-and-nurses-in-emergency-departments-in-hong-kong-view-their-disaster-preparedness-a-cross-sectional-territory-wide-online-survey
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Rex P K Lam, Satchit Balsari, Kevin K C Hung, Kai-Hsun Hsiao, L P Leung, Jennifer Leaning
OBJECTIVES: To assess the level of all-hazards disaster preparedness and training needs of emergency department (ED) doctors and nurses in Hong Kong from their perspective, and identify factors associated with high perceived personal preparedness. DESIGN: This study was a cross-sectional territory-wide online survey conducted from 9 September to 26 October, 2015. Participants The participants were doctors from the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine and nurses from the Hong Kong College of Emergency Nursing...
August 22, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792068/towards-a-politics-of-disaster-response-presidential-disaster-instructions-in-china-1998-2012
#4
Peng Tao, Chunliang Chen
China's disaster management system contains no law-based presidential disaster declarations; however, the national leader's instructions (pishi in Chinese) play a similar role to disaster declarations, which increase the intensity of disaster relief. This raises the question of what affects presidential disaster instructions within an authoritarian regime. This research shows that China's disaster politics depend on a crisis threshold system for operation and that the public and social features of disasters are at the core of this system...
August 9, 2017: Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751680/limits-of-risk-predictability-in-a-cascading-alternating-renewal-process-model
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Xin Lin, Alaa Moussawi, Gyorgy Korniss, Jonathan Z Bakdash, Boleslaw K Szymanski
Most risk analysis models systematically underestimate the probability and impact of catastrophic events (e.g., economic crises, natural disasters, and terrorism) by not taking into account interconnectivity and interdependence of risks. To address this weakness, we propose the Cascading Alternating Renewal Process (CARP) to forecast interconnected global risks. However, assessments of the model's prediction precision are limited by lack of sufficient ground truth data. Here, we establish prediction precision as a function of input data size by using alternative long ground truth data generated by simulations of the CARP model with known parameters...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711011/an-overview-of-the-challenges-facing-death-investigation-systems-in-certain-resource-limited-countries
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REVIEW
Ken Obenson, George Enow Orock
A properly operated death investigation system (DIS) serves multiple stakeholders. Law enforcement, public health departments and members of the public, benefit in various ways from the information that it provides. This information must be collected systematically and efficiently. The system must also be flexible enough to respond to pressures on its resources such as occurs during mass disasters. These obligations on a DIS require an investment of public money. However even in affluent Western countries the recent world economic crisis has led to a cut in spending on public services that affect both the healthcare system and services associated with death investigation...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659222/changes-to-the-korean-disaster-medical-assistance-system-after-numerous-multi-casualty-incidents-in-2014-and-2015
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Myeong-Il Cha, Minhong Choa, Seunghwan Kim, Jinseong Cho, Dai Hai Choi, Minsu Cho, Won Kim, Chu Hyun Kim, Daehyun Kang, Yun Jung Heo, Jung Eon Kim, Han Deok Yoon, Soon Joo Wang
OBJECTIVE: A number of multiple-casualty incidents during 2014 and 2015 brought changes to Korea's disaster medical assistance system. We report these changes here. METHODS: Reports about these incidents, revisions to laws, and the government's revised medical disaster response guidelines were reviewed. RESULTS: The number of DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) staff members was reduced to 4 from 8, and the mobilization method changed...
June 29, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438227/characterization-of-carbon-monoxide-exposure-during-hurricane-sandy-and-subsequent-nor-easter
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Amy Schnall, Royal Law, Amy Heinzerling, Kanta Sircar, Scott Damon, Fuyuen Yip, Josh Schier, Tesfaye Bayleyegn, Amy Wolkin
OBJECTIVE: Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fossil fuel combustion. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy moved ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey, causing widespread morbidity and mortality, $30 to $50 billion in economic damage, and 8.5 million households to be without power. The combination of power outages and unusually low temperatures led people to use alternate power sources, placing many at risk for CO exposure. METHODS: We examined Hurricane Sandy-related CO exposures from multiple perspectives to help identify risk factors and develop strategies to prevent future exposures...
April 25, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299243/analysis-of-free-legal-counselling-for-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-and-the-outlook-for-the-field-of-disaster-recovery-and-revitalization-law
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REVIEW
Tadashi Okamoto
Of the free legal counselling conducted by lawyers following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the results of analysis of approx. 40,000 cases have been disclosed by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. These analysis results have been used as evidence serving as the basis for system revision and new legislation following the disaster, and have been of value to public policy, to a certain extent. In order to identify methods for realizing policy targets as know-how for public policy through the integration and analysis of legal needs in disaster areas, in FY2012 and thereafter, lectures on the "Disaster Recovery and Revitalization Law" were initiated by the Graduate School of Public Policy, Chuo University; Keio University Law School; and other institutions...
September 2016: Japan Medical Association Journal: JMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279230/evacuation-preparedness-in-the-event-of-fire-in-intensive-care-units-in-sweden-more-is-needed
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Erika Löfqvist, Åsa Oskarsson, Helge Brändström, Alpo Vuorio, Michael Haney
Introduction Hospitals, including intensive care units (ICUs), can be subject to threat from fire and require urgent evacuation. Hypothesis The hypothesis was that the current preparedness for ICU evacuation for fire in the national public hospital system in a wealthy country was very good, using Sweden as model. METHODS: An already validated questionnaire for this purpose was adapted to national/local circumstances and translated into Swedish. It aimed to elicit information concerning fire response planning, personnel education, training, and exercises...
March 10, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260545/lessons-learned-from-an-active-shooter-full-scale-functional-exercise-in-a-newly-constructed-emergency-department
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Bryan Wexler, Avram Flamm
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this exercise was to conduct a full-scale functional exercise utilizing an active-shooter-based scenario to test and evaluate hospital response and coordination with local law enforcement. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group, including community partners, formulated objectives in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program and defined a scenario. A date to conduct the exercise was chosen on the basis of the expected completion of a large section of the new emergency department but prior to its opening for patient care...
March 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255519/health-consequences-of-typhoon-haiyan-in-the-eastern-visayas-region-using-a-syndromic-surveillance-database
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Miguel Antonio Salazar, Ronald Law, Arturo Pesigan, Volker Winkler
INTRODUCTION: Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm recorded in Philippine history. Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED) was activated during the typhoon response. This study analyzes the health impact of different diseases during different timeframes post-disaster during Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 using a syndromic surveillance database. METHODS: SPEED reports medical consultations based on 21 syndromes covering a range of conditions from three syndrome groups: communicable diseases, injuries, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...
February 6, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219471/a-descriptive-analysis-of-tactical-casualty-care-interventions-performed-by-law-enforcement-personnel-in-the-state-of-wisconsin-2010-2015
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Chad M Stiles, Christopher Cook, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
Introduction Based upon military experience, law enforcement has developed guidelines for medical care during high-threat conditions. The purpose of the current study was to provide a descriptive analysis of reported outcomes of law enforcement medical interventions. METHODS: This was a descriptive analysis of a convenience sample of cases submitted to the Wisconsin Tactical Medicine Initiative (Wisconsin USA), after the provision of successful patient care, between January 2010 and December 2015...
June 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032532/the-missing-the-martyred-and-the-disappeared-global-networks-technical-intensification-and-the-end-of-human-rights-genetics
#14
Lindsay A Smith
In 1984, a group of Argentine students, trained by US academics, formed the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team to apply the latest scientific techniques to the excavation of mass graves and identification of the dead, and to work toward transitional justice. This inaugurated a new era in global forensic science, as groups of scientists in the Global South worked outside of and often against local governments to document war crimes in post-conflict settings. After 2001, however, with the inauguration of the war on terror following the September 11(th) attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, global forensic science was again remade through US and European investment to increase preparedness in the face of potential terrorist attacks...
December 1, 2016: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983666/synergising-public-health-concepts-with-the-sendai-framework-for-disaster-risk-reduction-a-conceptual-glossary
#15
Suzanne Phibbs, Christine Kenney, Christina Severinsen, Jon Mitchell, Roger Hughes
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015) is a global strategy for addressing disaster risk and resilience that has been ratified by member countries of the United Nations. Its guiding principles emphasise building resilience through inter-sectoral collaboration, as well as partnerships that facilitate community empowerment and address underlying risk factors. Both public health and the emergency management sector face similar challenges related to developing and implementing strategies that involve structural change, facilitating community resilience and addressing individual risk factors...
December 14, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976375/quantification-of-anatomical-variation-at-the-atlanto-occipital-articulation-morphometric-resolution-of-commingled-human-remains-within-the-repatriation-documentation-process
#16
J Christopher Dudar, Eric R Castillo
Within many institutional collections are skeletal and mummified human remains representing a part of our species' adaptation and evolution to various biocultural environments. Archaeologically recovered individuals come from deep into our past, and possess information that provides insight into population history, genetics, diet, health and other questions relevant to all living peoples. Academic concerns have been raised regarding the reinterment of these collections due to the rise of the international repatriation movement, the passage of various laws and implementation of institutional policies...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935913/forensic-odontology-a-boon-to-community-in-medico-legal-affairs
#17
R Chidambaram
Forensic odontology is a sub-discipline of dental science which involves the relationship between dentistry and the law. The specialty of forensic odontology is applied in radiographic investigation, human bite marks analysis, anthropologic examination and during mass disasters. Besides the fact that radiographs require pretentious laboratory, it is still claimed to be a facile, rapid, non-invasive method of age identification in the deceased. The budding DNA technology has conquered the traditional procedures and currently being contemplated as chief investigating tool in revealing the hidden mysteries of victims and suspects, especially in hopeless circumstances...
January 2016: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867737/developing-the-philippines-as-a-global-hub-for-disaster-risk-reduction-a-health-research-initiative-as-presented-at-the-10th-philippine-national-health-research-system-week-celebration
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Nicola Banwell, Jaime Montoya, Merlita Opeña, Carel IJsselmuiden, Ronald Law, Gloria J Balboa, Shannon Rutherford, Cordia Chu, Virginia Murray
The recent Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration highlighted the growing commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Philippines. The event was lead by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Health, and saw the participation of national and international experts in DRR, and numerous research consortia from all over the Philippines. With a central focus on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the DRR related events recognised the significant disaster risks faced in the Philippines...
October 25, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816541/pharmacy-services-after-a-tank-car-derailment-and-toxic-chemical-release-in-blount-county-tennessee
#19
Heath Ford, Shane Trent, Stephen Wickizer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of an accidental release of volatilized acrylonitrile on pharmacy services in Blount County, Tennessee. METHODS: A paper questionnaire was mailed to all pharmacies located in Blount County, Tennessee. The questionnaire assessed 5 domains relevant to pharmacy services after the derailment disaster: (1) disaster preparedness, (2) disaster response, (3) disaster information source awareness, (4) Pharmacy Practice Act amendment preference, and (5) pharmacy impact...
January 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771964/reinventing-the-political-role-of-health-professionals-in-conflict-prevention-reconciliation-the-sudanese-model
#20
Alaaddin M Salih, Jasim M Ahmed, Jamal F Mohamed, Musaab M Alfaki
Given the persistent recurrence of armed conflict, influential actors owe it to the affected communities to take action. The legitimacy of health professionals to mitigate the effects of conflict relates to their ability to save lives and address the physical and mental consequences of armed conflict during which thousands of lives may be lost. Medical professionals have unique and potentially far-reaching skills. These become crucial during wartime and disasters in terms of providing medical services and humanitarian aid...
April 2016: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
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