Key Quote

 "...some emergency rooms were overwhelmed by last spring's outbreak in New York City. 'We have to be worried about our ability to handle a surge of severe cases.'"


Arnold S. Monto, a University of Michigan infectious-disease expert who advises the WHO, the U.S. CDC, and other federal health agencies.

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Healthcare Coalition Questions Federal Government on Infection Control Recommendations for Ebola and Other Exotic, Emerging Contagious Diseases

The Coalition recommends that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) consider developing stricter guidelines to protect hospital workers and the public from the Ebola virus, and to increase guidelines for emerging diseases that are POTENTIALLY airborne transmissible.

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Americans must prepare for inevitable pandemic superstorms from overseas

In the event of a pandemic, the stress placed on the healthcare system will be enormous. The 2012 Trust for America’s Health report states “we are not sufficiently prepared to address [health threats] as a nation ...”

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Public Health Emergencies: Most of Nation Unprepared 

More than a decade after the September 11, 2001, domestic terrorism attacks, most of the nation remains woefully unprepared to respond to pressing public health needs during such emergencies, largely because of budget cuts, according to a report released this morning.

Continue reading this article at Medscape Medical News.

 

 

 

Coalition Says Preparedness Fix Could Save the VA About $190 million

Congress was advised today that modern affordable technologies exist that can cleanly, safely, and economically sterilize infectious and contagious medical waste providing much needed operational sustainability for VA hospitals in an emergency and would provide ancillary and immediate benefits to the VA beyond emergency preparedness, including cost savings and carbon emission reductions. 

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Administration Responds to Coalition's 6-Point Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services sent their official reply to the Coalition’s 6-Point plan. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  recognizes in the letter that the issue of infectious medical waste is important and should be further reviewed.

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Looming Threats Require Ensuring Healthcare Sustainability For America’s Hospitals and Medical Centers During Crisis

Today's task for healthcare institutions is critically focused on emergency/pandemic preparedness. The ability for our healthcare facilities to maintain operations during times of crisis is a matter of interest for every American and should be a priority for federal and state policy makers.

 

Although we are concerned with many sectors of hospital operational sustainability that desperately need experienced solution management, the Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness is focused on the disposal of materials which could cripple our healthcare facilities during a medical surge caused by a natural disaster, pandemic, or terrorist act.

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Coalition Commends House for Recognizing Importance of On-Site Medical Waste Treatment During a Pandemic Emergency

 Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Labor/Health spending bill that recognized a need to consider on-site treatment of waste in an emergency. 

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Coalition Launches 6 Point Plan

Coalition plan is part of overall healthcare facility operational sustainability
during a crisis or natural disaster. 

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