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Influenza Update Week Ending 1-20-2018

Week ending 1-20-18 TThe CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu and Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI), increased again. All states reported widespread flu activity except for Hawaii, and ILI levels also increased. This indicates that this flu season is a severe one – at, or just below — the data seen in the most recent highly severe flu season of 2014-15. Deaths associated with flu have reached system-specific epidemic thresholds. The dominating flu subtype remained A H3N2, which is typically [...]

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Influenza Update Week Ending 1-13-2018

Week #56 (ending 1-13-18) The CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu and Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI), increased again. All states reported widespread flu activity except for Hawaii and ILI also increased. This indicated that this flu season is a severe one – at, or just below — the data seen in the most recent severe flu season of 2014-15. Deaths associated with flu have reached system-specific epidemic thresholds. The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2, typically a [...]

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Influenza Update Week Ending 1-6-2018

Week #55 (ending 1-6-18) The CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu as well as Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI), increased again and all states reported widespread activity except for Hawaii. The flu and ILI data reported so far matches up with data points from the 2014-15 season which had high severity. The CDC also suggested that it is likely that the peak of the flu season has or soon will occur but flu will probably continue for several more weeks. The [...]

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Influenza Update Week Ending 12-30-2017

Week #52 (ending 12-30-17) the CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu as well as Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) sharply increased for this week. The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2. This continued the trend of an early flu season with a typically more severe subtype of flu dominating and the possibility of increased complications. Although the highest risk for complications & hospitalizations is usually in those 65 years or older and in younger children, there have [...]

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A Model for Better Community Healthcare

​REMSA,​ ​the​ ​Regional​ ​Emergency​ ​Medical​ ​Services​ ​Authority​ ​based​ ​in​ ​northern Nevada,​ ​has​ ​released​ ​a​ ​new​ ​comprehensive​ ​White​ ​Paper​ ​that​ ​provides​ ​detailed​ ​information​ ​on its​ ​highly​ ​successful​ ​Community​ ​Health​ ​Programs.​ ​These​ ​nationally-acclaimed​ ​programs​ ​were launched​ ​in​ ​2012​ ​after​ ​REMSA​ ​received​ ​funding​ ​​ ​through​ ​a​ ​$9.1​ ​million​ ​Health​ ​Care​ ​Innovation Award​ ​grant​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Medicare​ ​&​ ​Medicaid​ ​Innovation,​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Department​ ​of Health​ ​and​ ​Human​ ​Services. The​ ​White​ ​Paper​ ​describes​ ​the​ ​planning,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​results​ ​of​ ​REMSA’s​ ​approach [...]

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In the News: HAN Influenza Advisory

CDC has released a Health Advisory from their Health Alert Network:https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp Due to the rapid rise in cases of flu and recent past history when the predominantly circulating flu strain was H3N2, the CDC wants to remind health care providers (HCP) to keep influenza in mind as a diagnosis when presented with signs and symptoms that could be flu https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm Download the Full Update

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Influenza Update Week Ending 12-30-2017

Week #52 (ending 12-30-17) the CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu as well as Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) sharply increased for this week. The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2. This continued the trend of an early flu season with a typically more severe subtype of flu dominating and the possibility of increased complications. Although the highest risk for complications & hospitalizations is usually in those 65 years or older and in younger children, [...]

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Influenza Update Week Ending 12-23-2017

Earlier in this flu season, the CDC posted an expectation that this flu season (2017-18) would likely start early and be more severe (as it was last year) than previous few flu seasons. This prediction was made based on the severe flu season that Australia was experiencing and since Influenza A H3N2 was the predominant strain. Flu seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are often good predictors of North American flu seasons since there winter occurs during our [...]

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Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

The White House released “The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders” which provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches. View Recommendations

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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Visionaries define top 7 current health care challenges

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Better EMS Performance” led by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. In this new column, Mike and our FirstWatch team along with our customers and colleagues will share actionable strategies, concepts and ideas to make real improvements. This column draws from Learning Organizations, Systems Thinking, Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others you will not need to have a black belt to put these [...]

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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Finding the Joy: Beyond job satisfaction in EMS

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Better EMS Performance” led by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. In this new column, Mike and our FirstWatch team along with our customers and colleagues will share actionable strategies, concepts and ideas to make real improvements. This column draws from Learning Organizations, Systems Thinking, Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others you will not need to have a black belt to put these [...]

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FirstWatch and Richmond Celebrate 15 Years Together

The Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), was the first EMS agency in the world to implement the first commercial version of FirstWatch, which at the time focused on biosurveillance. RAA and FirstWatch, now an industry leader in public safety data analytics and improvement, are pleased to announce the 15th anniversary of that first installation. Read the full Press Release from RAA

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Pinnacle Webinar Series: Fighting the Opioid Crisis with EMS Data

Join us October 5 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) for an interactive live discussion about combating the opioid crisis. As an encore to their Pinnacle session, leaders of EMS systems taking proactive approaches to addressing the opioid crisis will share their successes and challenges. The faculty includes Rob Lawrence (Richmond Ambulance Authority, VA), Jamie Pianka (ProEMS, Cambridge, MA), Dave Lewis (St. Charles County, MO) and Jon Kelley (Trinity EMS, MA). Your facilitator will be Todd Stout, President [...]

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New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – The I have a theory approach to change management in EMS

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Better EMS Performance” led by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. In this new column, Mike and our FirstWatch team along with our customers and colleagues will share actionable strategies, concepts and ideas to make real improvements. This column draws from Learning Organizations, Systems Thinking, Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others you will not need to have a black belt to put these [...]

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