ASPR TRACIE Webinar: Lessons Learned from the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Fire
December 14, 2023
On February 7, 2023, a 10-alarm fire at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital (Massachusetts) resulted in the total hospital evacuation of more than 100 patients, continued closure, and extensive recovery efforts. In the Lessons Learned from the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Fire webinar (scheduled for December 14, 2023, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET), hospital representatives will discuss their successes and challenges with patient movement, transfers, and discharge; maintaining patient and staff safety; managing cascading events; collaboration with local/state/regional partners; and how lessons learned impact facility plans, protocols, and training.
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ASPR Resource Spotlight: Access and Functional Needs Web-Based Training
About half of the people in the U.S. have access and/or functional needs - and they are at heightened risk during emergencies. ASPR has developed a web-based training course that is targeted to public health officials, emergency managers, and social/human service providers. They need to be aware of and comply with legal requirements designed to protect individuals with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) from discrimination. The training highlights information from federal guidance, laws and executive orders that require non-discrimination for addressing AFN—both specific and nonspecific to a disaster context. It will help to ensure individuals and organizations can better meet the needs of AFN during emergencies.
ASPR's Access and Functional Needs Web-based Training Course
October 26, 2023
The MRSE Support Team will host a series of office hours to discuss the MRSE through June 2024. These sessions are intended to provide support and discuss any questions about planning and executing the MRSE. The next MRSE Office Hours session is scheduled for Thursday, October 26 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET. During this session, guest presenters will walk through the processes they have developed to help them complete Phase I: Plan & Scope of the MRSE. Note that registration is required.
After registering here, you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting and a Zoom invite to add to your calendar. Please submit questions to the MRSE mailbox prior to the scheduled office hours session to assist the MRSE Support Team in tailoring the discussion to certain topics of interest. You may also request a one-on-one session with the MRSE Support Team by emailing the MRSE mailbox.
Register Here for the MRSE Office Hours
Request for Information (RFI): HHS Initiative To Enhance National All Hazards Hospital Situational Awareness
The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are seeking broad public input from entities across the health care readiness community on a national, all-hazards standardized set of essential elements of information (EEIs) and vendor-neutral data collection mechanisms for hospital data that drive action for emergency preparedness and response. This input will inform efforts to provide recommendations for a standardized lens into the readiness of, stress on, and resources available in hospitals before, during, and after emergencies.
Below is the link for more detail and submission of public comments:
The public comment period ends on December 18, 2023. You can also send any feedback to email@example.com with the subject line: “All Hazards Hospital Situational Awareness RFI.”
The All-Hazards Hospital EEIs Team
Lessons Learned from the Pediatric Tripledemic-Systems, Staff, Space, adn Supplies (ASPR TRACIE Roundtable)
ASPR TRACIE and ASPR’s Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence hosted the Lessons Learned from the Pediatric Tripledemic: Systems, Staff, Space, and Supplies roundtable where panelists shared lessons learned from the 2022-2023 pediatric surge due to influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus. Participants discussed successes and challenges in information sharing, the use of specialty resources in response (e.g., Medical Operations Coordination Centers), augmenting staff, and coordination with supply chain and coalition partners. Check out our Pediatric/Children Topic Collection for related resources.
ASPR TRACIE recently comprehensively updated two pre-hospital topic collections with assistance from our subject matter expert cadre. The Pre-Hospital Topic Collection includes information on both traditional and evolving pre-hospital roles (e.g., mobile on-scene care and community paramedicine) relevant to disaster and mass trauma care. The Pre-Hospital Mass Casualty Triage and Trauma Care Topic Collection can help hospital emergency planners, emergency medical systems personnel, and emergency medicine clinicians understand the basics of field triage and immediate stabilization of mass casualty incident victims.
ASPR’s Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) offers a variety of newsletters to keep stakeholders informed during emergency response and steady state. The newsletters inform stakeholders of the most significant issues facing the health care and public health sector, including cybersecurity, health care supply chains, and more. If you are interested in receiving CIP newsletters, visit the CIP newsletter subscription webpage.