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COCA Email Updates: December 1 – December 8, 2014

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COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Calls/Webinars:

Title: EMS and Ebola: Field Experience with Transporting Patients

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Date:Monday, December 15, 2014

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:888-972-6898 (U.S. Callers); 630-395-0194 (International Callers)


Healthcare systems across the United States are actively preparing to treat patients with Ebola. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) play an important role in the identification, assessment, and transportation of suspected or confirmed patients with Ebola. As designated treatment facilities, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have received patients with confirmed Ebola. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the field experiences of EMS personnel in the two jurisdictions and discuss unique planning considerations for EMS.

Title:  HIV Care Continuum: Keeping the Spotlight on Screening, Prevention, and Treatment

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Date:Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:800-621-8495 (U.S. Callers); 517-308-9286 (International Callers)


Viral suppression is the goal of HIV medical care. Yet, in 2011, only 40% of people living with HIV received HIV medical care and only 30% achieved viral suppression. Many persons living with HIV are not in medical care or are undiagnosed. When patients with HIV are in medical care, they are more likely to be prescribed antiretroviral medications, achieve viral suppression, and have a normal lifespan. Clinicians play a critical role in helping their patients move through the HIV care continuum by influencing the likelihood of patients engaging in medical care. During this COCA Webinar, clinicians will learn about current strategies to engage patients in HIV testing, counseling and medical care.

Recent COCA Calls/Webinars:

Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

Additional COCA Conference Calls

Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most calls. More information about free CE.

CDC Emergency Response – 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

NEW:21-Day Investigation of Ebola Patient’s Direct Contacts in Guinea

NEW:Information for Airports

NEW:NIOSH: Factsheet for Airline Customer Service Representatives

NEW:NIOSH: Factsheet for Airport Retail and Food Service Workers

NEW:NIOSH: Factsheet for Airport Baggage and Cargo Handlers

NEW:NIOSH: Factsheet for Airport Custodial Staff

NEW:NIOSH: Factsheet for Airport Passenger Assistance Workers

UPDATED:Case Counts

UPDATED:Interim Guidance: EMS Systems & 9-1-1 PSAPs

Factsheet: CDC's Ebola Response Team

Interim Guidance for U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients with Possible or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease: A Framework for a Tiered Approach

Interim Guidance for Preparing Frontline Healthcare Facilities for Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease

Interim Guidance for Preparing Ebola Assessment Hospitals

Interim Guidance for Preparing Ebola Treatment Centers

Current Ebola Treatment Centers

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 6, Issue: 49 – (CDC)

Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and Response - (CDC)

Find preparedness resources for all hazards.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)

Find online and in-person training resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – (CDC)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by CDC. Electronically Subscribe.

November 21, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 48 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Seasonal Influenza

What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Information for Health Professionals

Weekly Flu View – November 26 (CDC)

Flu View is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Planning and Preparedness: Health Professionals and Seasonal Flu - (HHS)

Health care providers play an important role during flu season. The following guidance and information will assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings - December 4 (US Department of State)

The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. Travel Warnings recommend that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to that country. The State Department also issues Travel Warnings when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate, or because of a drawdown of State Department staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (FDA)

MedWatch is your Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH) lists notices of recalls and alerts from both FDA and USDA. Visitors to the site can report a problem or make inquiries.

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