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HHS issues planning guide for mass casualty events

first_imgNov 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new medical care guide to help community leaders plan for and respond to mass casualty events such as an influenza pandemic or a terrorist nuclear attack.The guide, published by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), describes an array of shortages healthcare workers will face, such as of hospital beds and ambulances, and gives specific recommendations for planners, such as providing offsite care and using taxis, buses, and private cars to transport sick or injured patients.”To be effective in their planning efforts, local, state, and regional leaders need to be aware of the latest research, tools, and models available,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, MD, in a Nov 16 AHRQ press release. “With the publication of this new community planning guide, our nation’s preparation and response efforts are strengthened by bringing needed focus on advance planning for mass casualty events.”The guide expands on an earlier AHRQ publication, released in April 2005, which outlined altered standards of medical care in a mass casualty setting. The new document, a collaboration between AHRQ and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, consists of papers written by experts on six topics: ethical considerations, legal issues, prehospital care, hospital and acute care, alternative care sites, and palliative care.Several potential problem areas are highlighted, such as a complex emergency medical services (EMS) system and lack of standardized EMS disaster training. The guide emphasizes that hospitals will face surge capacity problems, especially since many emergency and trauma services are already at or near full capacity. To handle the overflow, the AHRQ recommends that officials start making plans to provide care in alternate locations such as mobile medical facilities and nonhospital buildings.The report provides planning checklists and tips for making wise use of limited medical resources. For example, the section on alternative care sites describes how difficult it would be to provide oxygen and suggests a possible solution.A centerpiece of the report is a case study on pandemic influenza. The authors list preparations for and responses to each stage of a pandemic, from the current prepandemic period to increased and sustained transmission in the United States. For example, during the worst stage of a pandemic, the authors suggest a “bed czar” be appointed to monitor the supply of hospital beds and equipment and make assignments based on availability.The guide is available on the AHRQ Web site, and print copies will be available in early 2007.See also:Nov 2006 AHRQ report “Providing mass medical care with scarce resources: a community planning guide”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/mce/April 2005 AHRQ report “Altered standards of care in mass casualty events”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/altstand/last_img read more

Brisbane newbies among the top winners if super deposits go ahead

first_imgBrisbane-based housesitter Isabelle Costello is among millennials going all out to save up for a home deposit, in her case using the app YourHomeMyHome to exchange pet and home care for free rent. Picture: Tara Croser.BRISBANE, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart first time househunters will be the biggest winners if a proposal to allow superannuation to be used as a home deposit goes ahead.HOW Queensland tastes have changedRBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holdingSIGN up to receive all The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inboxIn the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse, research analyst Cameron Kusher said prices in Sydney and Melbourne and superannuation savings levels of first time buyers meant that it would be cities outside the two major ones where super-assisted purchases would be feasible.“Money accumulated in funds is relatively immature and unlikely to sufficiently boost buying power in order to enter into the market (in Sydney or Melbourne).”He said some estimates put the superannuation savings level of 25 to 34 year olds at around $50,000, which would be a 10 per cent deposit on a $500,000 property.“Ultimately, a purchase price of $500,000 is not going to allow the potential buyer to access very many detached homes in Sydney and Melbourne, particularly if they want to live closer to the city.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoBrisbane has 155 suburbs where the median house price was $500,000 or less.He said CoreLogic research showed that “there are far greater options for potential first home buyers with a purchase price of $500,000” outside of Sydney and Melbourne.CoreLogic figures showed only 4.1 per cent of Sydney suburbs had a median house value of $500,000 or less (32 suburbs), compared to 39.6 per cent in Brisbane (or 155 suburbs), 47.9 per cent in Adelaide (184 suburbs), 37.8 per cent in Perth (115 suburbs), and a whopping 76.6 per cent in Hobart (72 suburbs). Only 18.7 per cent of Melbourne suburbs had a median house price of $500,000 or less (83 suburbs).Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: March 201700:47He said a budget of $500,000 would allow buyers to pick up a unit in at least three quarters of all suburbs across Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.“Both the ABC data and our research highlights that access to superannuation to purchase a home would largely help buyers outside of Sydney and Melbourne.”Research shows millennials have been going all out to save up a home deposit including house-sitting, petsitting, moving in with parents, homesharing, second jobs and ditching the car, with some such as Isabelle Costello exchanging pet and home care for zero rent via YourHomeMyHome.com.au. App co-founder Rebecca Nankervis said it was “incredibly popular with the 18-25 year old age bracket. Millennials are using house sitting as means to save money while saving for a home deposit.”last_img read more

Get paid $4,500 to be infected with coronavirus

first_imgA London laboratory is seeking people who are willing to contract the coronavirus.Hvivo, which operates the quarantine lab at Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre, is seeking 24 volunteers to inject with the coronavirus and participate in its flu camp. Volunteers will get paid $4,500.The human lab rats will be given two weaker strands of the virus, which can cause mild respiratory symptoms, and then be given new or existing vaccines.This experiment will help researchers develop new vaccines to combat the coronavirus.According to its website, most trials last between 11 and 14 days.last_img read more

Ohio teen returns to football team after rape case

first_imgIn this July 31, 2014 photo, Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richmond poses during the team’s media day at Harding Stadium in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Herald-Star)STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team.Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage against Cambridge, WTOV-TV (http://bit.ly/1lSi5IV) reported.Richmond and fellow athlete Trent Mays were adjudicated delinquent in the August 2012 assault on a West Virginia girl. Richmond was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention and Mays, who was also found guilty of using his phone to take a naked picture of the underage girl, was sentenced to two years.Richmond, now 18, was classified as a Tier II sex offender last August, meaning he will have to register every six months for the next 20 years. Unlike adult sex offenders, Richmond’s name won’t be included on publicly accessible websites, and he can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation.The school’s football coach, Reno Saccoccia, said Richmond returned to school in January and was suspended from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year. He told the TV station “it was a horrible crime,” but Richmond completed everything the judicial system asked of him.“We don’t deal in death sentences for juvenile activity, and I just feel that he’s earned a second chance,” Saccoccia said.Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesman Tim Stried said it is up to the school to determine whether a student athlete participates in sports.The school’s superintendent and athletic director did not return messages from The Associated Press.Walter MadisonRichmond’s lawyer Walter Madison declined to comment on Richmond’s status with the football team, but said in a written statement that “Band, debate, and sports teams reinforce critical lessons meant to guide one throughout life.”The case brought international attention to the small city of 18,000 and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the football team.A grand jury investigating whether laws were broken in the case brought additional charges against six adults, including Steubenville’s then-superintendent Michael McVey. He and the district’s former technology director have pleaded not guilty to charges including evidence tampering and obstructing justice.Charges against four other individuals have been resolved.___Information from: WTOV-TV, http://www.wtov9.comlast_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Announces Class of 2017 Co-valedictorians & Salutatorian

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University is pleased to announce its co-valedictorians and salutatorian for the Class of 2017. Co-valedictorians are Tessa Blackstad of Shelton, Hope Chamberlain of Port Angeles, and Taylor Gersch of Sherwood, Ore., both of whom have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Salutatorian Hannah Wesselman, of Spokane, will graduate with a 3.99 grade point average.Co-valedictorian Tessa BlackstadCo-valedictorian Tessa Blackstad is graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She also has earned an English Language Learners endorsement and a minor in Japanese. She will study at the Canadian Institute of Linguistics this summer, and after completing her studies, plans to return to Japan as a teacher. In 2015, she completed a three-month teaching assistant internship at an English immersion school in Sendai, Japan. She is exploring a future in Bible translation. At Saint Martin’s, Blackstad worked as a technical services assistant at O’Grady Library prior to accepting a third-grade teaching position at Mason County Christian School during her final year at the University. While a student, she was chosen for membership in the Society of Fellows, Saint Martin’s honor society, and was a presenter at 2016’s Scholars’ Day, an event showcasing the best student projects and research done each year. Blackstad was a member of the University’s Future Educators Club and was active in the Conversation Partners Program operated by the Office of International Programs and Development. She and her family have served as a host family to several of the University’s international students. She also teaches financial literacy to grade school students though a program with Junior Achievement.Co-valedictorian Hope ChamberlainValedictorian Hope Chamberlain. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversityCo-valedictorian Hope Chamberlain is graduating summa cum laude (with highest honor) with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and theatre arts. She also has a minor in music. She will pursue a Master of Arts Degree in teaching at the University of Portland through the Portland Alliance for Catholic Education Program and will be student teaching in Salt Lake City, Utah.At Saint Martin’s, Chamberlain is a member of the second cohort of Benedictine Scholars, a leadership/scholarship program in which those selected serve as ambassadors of the University’s Benedictine values. As a Benedictine Scholar, she has participated in many projects, most recently in restoration of Saint Martin’s outdoor Stations of the Cross and the Year of Faith survey project. Chamberlain performed in several plays and twice directed plays with both the music and theatre arts departments. She served as a student ambassador with the Office of Admissions for three years and as a resident assistant with the Office of Housing and Residence Life for two. She also has participated in several campus organizations and activities, including Society of Fellows, the University’s honor society; Sigma Tau Delta English honorary; Polyphony, an a Capella club; Saints for Life; Sisters of Scholastica Catholic women’s group; Saint Martin’s Chorale; and the Campus Ministry Student Liturgy Coir, where she served as cantor.Co-valedictorian Taylor GerschValedictorian Taylor Gersch. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversityCo-valedictorian Taylor Gersch is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is working on her Master of Business Administration Degree at Saint Martin’s and intends to complete it this fall, after which she plans to teach English in Italy. In fall 2018, she plans to enter law school. As an undergraduate, she completed internships at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Medical Informatics in Portland and at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Olympia.As a Saint Martin’s student, Gersch has participated in the Society of Fellows and as a member and former undergraduate president of Delta Mu Delta business honor society. She was district and regional scholarship winner of the Jane M. Klausman Award through the Zonta Club of Olympia. As a member of the Saint Martin’s women’s soccer team, Gersch was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and the NSCAA America All-Conference Team. She also earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete Award and the CoSIDA Academic All-American Award. She was a staff writer for The Belltower, the University’s student newspaper, and has worked as a graduate assistant for Associate Prof. of Business Don Conant, Ph.D.Salutatorian Hannah WesselmanSalutatorian Hannah Wesselman. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversitySalutatorian Hannah Wesselman will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. After graduation, she will study abroad in Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. While she has been accepted to two Ph.D. programs and a master’s program in molecular biosciences, she will be deferring graduate school for a year to serve as a fellow with the nonprofit Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience (PULSE). The program enables select university graduates to live and work in community while giving volunteer service at their choice of the Pennsylvania city’s non-profits.While at Saint Martin’s, Hannah has been a mentor and a community coordinator in the University’s Norcia Leadership Community and has participated in numerous service immersion projects. She also worked for the Center for Student Learning, Writing and Advising, Disability Support Services and the offices of Campus Life, Campus Ministry and Diversity and Service Initiatives. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary; the Saint Martin’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society; the Society of Fellows; and the University’s Biology Club and Chemistry Club.The Saint Martin’s University 2017 Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Tickets are required for attendance; doors will open at 9 a.m. For more information on 2017 Commencement, please go to the Saint Martin University’s website.last_img read more