Study: Hundreds of Kids Harmed by Detergent 'Pods'
Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.
PulsePoint App Helps Bystanders Save Infant’s Life
A 3-month-old infant is alive and well thanks to the selfless actions of two Spokane, Wash., citizens.
Empire Dance Shop clerk Lesley Rockford was tending the store when she heard someone scream that a baby nearby was turning blue. After calling 9-1-1, the former lifeguard put then 1-month-old baby Nolan on the ground and began rescue breathing.
Luckily, the Spokane Fire Department had launched the PulsePoint app in February. The mobile app, which is free to download, alerts subscribed CPR-trained Spokane citizens that someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. Rockford’s 9-1-1 call triggered a PulsePoint alert while first responders were dispatched.
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.
First Imported Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States (U.S.)
On September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Department announced the first imported case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) diagnosed in the U.S. Information about this case, exposed in West Africa and diagnosed in Texas, is included in the CDC summary at the end of this memo. Although the identification of this travel-related case
does not change the current guidelines and recommendations for EVD, the NJDOH is sending this LINCS message to remind public health and health care partners to remain aware of and familiar with EVD preparedness and response resources. Guidelines and recommendations can
be found on the NJDOH website at http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/vhf/index.shtml and the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.
In addition, please note the following:
Health care providers should consider EVD in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness in persons with recent travel (within 21 days) to the affected areas in West Africa. As of August 30, the EVD-affected areas include the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone; the cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt in Nigeria; and the city of Dakar in Senegal.
All persons with compatible symptoms and travel history to an EVD-affected area should be isolated until Ebola has been ruled out.
If EVD is suspected, health care providers must immediately contact the local health department where the patient resides or where the health care facility is located. Contact information for local health departments during business hours can be found at: www.localhealth.nj.gov. Contact information for local health departments after business hours or on weekends can be found at:
If local health department personnel are unavailable, healthcare providers should contact the NJDOH, Communicable Disease Service (CDS) at 609-826-5964, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. On weekends, evenings and holidays, the CDS can be reached at (609) 392-2020.
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