FDA Cracks Down On Caffeine Powder Sales After Teen's Death
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses.
The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores.
Bill Introduced Giving Tax Credit to Nation’s Fire and EMS Volunteers
On December 9, U.S. Representatives David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5811) to bolster recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. The bill allows volunteer emergency responders to claim the first 300 hours per year of services that they provide as charitable donations worth $20 per hour.
Emergency Responders Still Feel Effects Of Sandy Hook
NEWTOWN - Peter Houlahan of Redding has never missed a day of work over a bad emergency call. He has never been so emotionally overwhelmed by trauma that he lost his focus on patient care.
Ebola: CDC Clarifies EMS Minimum PPE Levels
The CDC has updated its Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients Who Present With Possible Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.
CDC Designates U.S. Ebola Centers
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers.
Governor Christie Activates Statewide Ebola Preparedness Plan
Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to Execute Plan and Coordinate in Real Time
Governor Christie signed Executive Order 164 creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team (EVD-JRT) that will direct and coordinate on all matters pertaining to New Jersey’s public health response. Christie administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner.
The EVD-JRT will also form an advisory panel of additional administration entities, as well as representatives from the medical community.
CDC: Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals
Standard, contact, and droplet precautions are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), also referred to as Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). Note that this guidance outlines only those measures that are specific for Ebola HF; additional infection control measures might be warranted if an Ebola HF patient has other conditions or illnesses for which other measures are indicated (e.g., tuberculosis, multi-drug resistant organisms, etc.).
Detecting and Reporting DoD Cases of Ebola Virus Disease Infection:
Guidance as of 1 Oct 2014