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  • Cultural Diversity and its Impact on COVID-19 Crisis Management - Dr. Odeda Benin-Goren

    Webinar Date: 29 July 2020

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    Cultural Diversity and its Impact on COVID-19 Crisis Management

    This presentation demonstrates the importance of understanding cultural diversity among multicultural communities, especially during times of prolonged disasters. Israel is a multi-cultural country, with several minorities and religions (Jews, Arabs, Beduins). Each community has its own characteristics, beliefs, and religious rules.

    With the increased number of COVID-19 cases, the Israeli government declared a state of lockdown. Many of the minority communities did not follow the regulations due to the fact that their religious beliefs and orders provided by their leaders are considered more important to them.

    This behavior increased the number of COVID-19 patients in those communities and emphasized the need for understanding cultural diversity as a fundamental tier in creating trust and cooperation with official authorities. Furthermore, caregivers are required to have cultural sensitivity and a competence-based awareness of the existing cultural differences. Health care in these specific communities can be more efficient with the involvement of community leaders.

    Triaged Out of Critical Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Then? - Prof. Elysée Nouvet & Dr. Patricia Strachan

    Webinar Date: 8 July 2020

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    Triaged Out of Critical Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Then?

    In this presentation, an overview of results from the rapid qualitative study: “Triage & COVID-19: Global preparedness, socio-cultural considerations, and communication” is discussed. Conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization COVID-19 Social Sciences Working Group, this study aims to clarify what frontline healthcare workers regard as ethically crucial to the care and treatment of patients who will not be prioritized for critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    There exists significant guidance on the allocation of critical care resources during this pandemic, should allocation become necessary. Minimally discussed is the plan for COVID-19 patients with life-threatening diseases who would, under that worst-case scenario, be triaged out of life-saving interventions. Also minimally understood are the ways in which communication of critical triage decision-making to patients, families, and affected populations is handled or imagined in various contexts.

    Based on semi-structured interviews (N=52) conducted over 3 weeks, representing all WHO regions, the presenters will highlight similarities and differences in HCPs’ preferences, concerns, and recommendations for critical care resource allocation, decision-making, associated care to seriously ill (at risk of dying) COVID-19 patients triaged out of life-saving interventions, and triage-related communication in specific geographic and cultural contexts.

    This study contributes to learning about the perceived benefits, difficulties, and contextual differences that need to be taken into account when sharing information about plans for the triage of seriously ill patients. Ultimately, the goal of this rapid qualitative study is to build evidence that can inform governments and healthcare organizations in their development and implementation of realistic and socially, culturally sensitive COVID-19 triage and triage communication strategies.

    Information Management and Decision Making Regarding Personnel during the COVID-19 Outbreak in Israel - Dr. Shoshy Goldberg

    Webinar Date: 24 June 2020

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    Information Management and Decision Making Regarding Personnel during the COVID-19 Outbreak in Israel

    Following the WHO declaration on the COVID-19 global outbreak, the Israeli Ministry of Health (MoH) established a national headquarters. The "Human Resources" headquarters, managed by the Nursing Division of the MoH, established a fast and reliable infrastructure for data processing to present accurate data related to more than 100 medical organizations providing the daily updated situation reports (SITREPs).

    The SITREP created the basis of personnel allocation and staff training related to the COVID-19 situation, as well as the expected reference scenario. Information was collected online from the contact persons in all organizations, establishing a network communication system, and setting a unified report format. The reports focused on health professionals, mostly due to the staff diminution as a result of contact with COVID -19 suspected or confirmed patients. Besides managing the array of sick and quarantined personnel, the "Human Resources Headquarters" responded to the needs of the health organizations according to the reference scenarios and the gaps in personnel in quantity and quality aspects.

    This presentation highlights the Israeli experience with human resources management during the COVID-19 outbreak and the preparedness for future responses and gap completions.

    COVID-19 Trials and Testing: Principles and Pharmacology for the Clinical Provider - Sean Smith

    Webinar Date: 17 June 2020

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    COVID-19 Trials and Testing: Principles and Pharmacology for the Clinical Provider

    This presentation discusses the biochemistry of various agents under consideration in the treatment of COVID-19, as well as briefly touches on the science and challenges of developing a vaccine for the SARS-CoV2 virus. Additionally, current tests used in COVID-19 are explored, with a specific focus on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to detect viral genetic material and Immunoassay Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) designed to demonstrate exposure to viral antigens.

    The science, pros, cons, and potential pitfalls in each of these areas are clearly and concisely examined, as well as how they relate to day-to-day clinical practice.

    COVID-19: From a Prehospital to a Global Response - Chaim Rafalowski & Laura Archer

    Webinar Date: 2 April 2020

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    COVID-19: From a Prehospital to a Global Response

    This presentation focuses on the response experiences of Magen David Adom (MDA) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) during the COVID-19 outbreak, from a prehospital and global perspective.

    MDA, the Israeli National EMS organization and National Society member of the IFRC, has taken a unique role in the COVID-19 response by testing contacts at home and establishing drive-through testing facilities to ease the burden on health care facilities. MDA also operates a large call center answering more than 30,000 calls daily and oversees more than 1,000 people collecting samples. The operation has increased from 200 samples a day to more than 3,000. This part of the webinar also discusses lessons learned from several response services (including Northern Italy) in the framework of the EU project, NO FEAR.

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its 192 member National Societies (NS) have been scaling up their efforts to prepare for and respond to this global crisis. As auxiliaries to their respective public authorities, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and their more than 13 million volunteers worldwide have a unique role to play. Staff and volunteers are actively involved in a wide spectrum of COVID-19 public health and clinical response activities, from risk communication and community engagement and community-based health and first aid, to quarantine, screening, isolation, to home, prehospital, and hospital care. In this part of the presentation, IFRC discusses the work that they are currently doing to support individuals and communities around the world.

    Clinical Guidance & Coronavirus: Deploying a Mass Casualty Mindset - Sean Smith

    Webinar Date: 24 March 2020

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    Clinical Guidance & Coronavirus: Deploying a Mass Casualty Mindset to Stay Ahead of “The Curve”

    This presentation provides clear and concrete clinical applications of the WHO/CDC guidelines, as well as those of various EM/Critical-Care professional societies for front-line practitioners. We will examine lessons learned from Ebola, SARS, H1N1, H5N1, and MERS outbreaks, the Las Vegas Shooting, and Military Mass Casualty Management. Then, we will explore how you can apply those lessons to optimize resources and outcomes for your COVID-19 cases while protecting other vulnerable patients as well as yourself.

    Specific topics will include triage, transport, and treatment, the place of POCUS, the role of early noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV), advanced airway management, mass casualty/infectious disease ventilator management strategies, escalating to ECMO, and more.

    The Mental Health Impact of Australia’s Bushfire Crisis - Prof. Erin Smith

    Webinar Date: 4/5 March 2020

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    The Mental Health Impact of Australia’s Bushfire Crisis

    Australia is burning! An area three times the size of the Amazon has burned. At least 34 people have died, hundreds of thousands more have been displaced from their homes, and over one billion animals have perished. The fires, burning since July 2019, have impacted more than three-quarters of Australia. Smoke concentrations in the air in Melbourne and Sydney have reached almost four times the acceptable limits set out by the World Health Organization (WHO). Respiratory and cardiac medical presentations are increasing.

    The long-term health effects of breathing in this smoke will remain unclear for some time. What is clear, however, is that these unprecedented bushfires are having, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the mental health of Australians - on the communities directly affected; on the individuals who have lost loved ones, their homes, their security; on the first responders and thousands of volunteers who, exhausted, continue to respond even as Australia becomes battered by floods, cyclones, and savage storms while these fires still burn. And now, the coronavirus starts to creep across Australia’s borders.

    What is the mental health impact of this? How can we best support well-being during a sustained crisis such as this?

    Acute Stress: A Normal Response to an Abnormal Event - Dr. Richard Kamin

    Webinar Date: 7 November 2019

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    Acute Stress: A Normal Response to an Abnormal Event

    Through his experience as a physician providing medical support for law enforcement, Dr. Kamin learned first-hand about the symptoms of acute stress and how this normal response after a traumatic event differs from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although he was fortunate to have good guidance during this time in his life, Dr. Kamin realized that many who are subjecting themselves to the same potential are not well enough informed or resourced properly. Based on these insights, this talk aims to help prepare willing responders to be better informed and able to do the job they are called upon to do.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Discuss acute stress response and how it differs from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
    • Understand how acute stress may manifest and how to address it most efficiently; and
    • Discuss treatment options for acute stress and PTSD.

    WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE): the Way W(H)E Work - Dr. Dorit Nitzan

    Webinar Date: 19 December 2019

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    WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE): the Way W(H)E Work

    Dr. Nitzan’s presentation highlights how WHE works in emergencies, such as Ukraine and Whole-of-Syria, and emphasizes nursing roles in all stages of the emergency management cycle: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

    Better Medicine in Bad Places - Sean Smith

    Webinar Date: 25 October 2019

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    Better Medicine in Bad Places - Optimizing Trauma Outcomes in Austere Settings

    This presentation will feature cutting edge strategies to optimize trauma medicine in austere settings from the short-term to system improvements. Stopping bleeds / stabilizing patients will be covered along with transport, trauma surgery, and training.

    Stop the Bleeding and Stabilizing:
    Tourniquets, Tranexamic Acid (TXA), AbNormal Saline, Physiologic Fluids, the Trauma Triad of Death, Field Amputations, Fight the Pain, Freeze-dried Plasma, Transfusions, TRALI, TRIM, and more...

    Transport, Trauma Surgery, and Training:
    Triage, Transport, Telemedicine, and Therapy, Building Capacity and Trauma Systems where there are None, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), Medical Records, Follow-up, Prosthetics, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Psychosocial Considerations for both Patient and Provider.

    Development of Disaster Nursing as Solutions to Global Issues from Japan - Prof. Sakiko Kanbara

    Webinar Date: 25 July 2019

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    Development of Disaster Nursing as Solutions to Global Issues from Japan

    In the aftermath of the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in Japan, the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing (JSDN) was formed (1998) to provide a platform for nurses to share their activities related to Disaster Nursing. A decade later in 2008, the World Society of Disaster Nursing (WSDN) was established to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills internationally. The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and other frequent disasters have triggered the need for more trans-disciplinary work, high-level care throughout all phases of a disaster event, and the need for nursing leaders.

    While there have been some challenges implementing Disaster Nursing into practice, education, and research, the Disaster Nursing Global Leadership Programme, Gensai Care, and EpiNurse Project represent some of the good practices from Disaster Nursing which have contributed to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and sustainable human security.

    Prehospital Management of Accidental Hypothermia & Cold Injuries - Dr. Rowena Christiansen

    Webinar Date: 28 March 2019

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    Prehospital Management of Accidental Hypothermia & Cold Injuries

    Australian Resuscitation Council (“ARC”) Guideline 9.3.3 “Hypothermia: First Aid Management” was published in February 2009, and Guideline 9.3.6 “Cold Injury” was published in March 2000 (the scope of this Guideline covers “frostbite,” “frostnip,” and more minor cold injuries such as “chilblains” (pernio). The First Aid Sub-Committee of the ARC initiated a review of these Guidelines, which has included an extensive literature review and, as there is a paucity of relevant evidence from clinical trials, reference to expert opinion and other published guidelines. The ARC has considered progressive iterations of the updated Guidelines at its meetings in November 2018 and March 2019, and it is hoped that both Guidelines will be finalized and published as “co-badged” Australian and New Zealand Guidelines by mid-2019.

    The audience for these Guidelines is any prehospital first responder, whether a layperson or a health professional, so the Guidelines must be pitched at a non-expert level. There is also an important distinction between “accidental hypothermia” and “induced hypothermia” as used in special circumstances in medical practice. An additional perspective was brought to the table by the Surf Life Saving, New Zealand Resuscitation Council, and Australian Ski Patrol representatives on the ARC, and as a result, it was decided to include some material on preparation for entry into cold environments and prevention of hypothermia and cold injuries. It was also thought important to include consideration of casualties who were alert and shivering and could easily be rewarmed without needing hospital treatment.

    Medical Detectives and Mass Fatality Incidents - Sean Smith

    Webinar Date: 28 February 2019

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    Medical Detectives and Mass Fatality Incidents

    From the first response to family closure, join us as we explore the forensic science of identifying the fallen. Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) encompasses many disciplines, including anthropology, odontology, radiology, molecular biology, and more.

    We will briefly cover the evolution and science of victim identification, psychosocial support for families and first responders, Interpol procedures, and your potential roles and responsibilities with respect to forensic science and mass fatalities.

    Mass Casualty Incident Triage and then Some - Dr. Eric Weinstein

    Webinar Date: 31 January 2019

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    Mass Casualty Incident Triage and then Some...

    The decisions to sort, assess, treat, and transport the many injured in one or several close locations after a sudden onset disaster is a challenge to balance resources in an ethical manner. The science is evolving to create an ideal system where there are basic fundamentals to concentrate when working with the actors involved to reach a common platform in context to base education, exercises, and set outcomes.

    The webinar presentation consists of the following objectives:

    1. Theory:
      1. Model Uniform Core Criteria “MUCC”
      2. Review of (most) Mass Casualty Triage Systems
    2. Science:
      1. Exercise Design and Evaluation
      2. Outcome Studies
    3. Practical:
      1. Planning Process
      2. Exercise Design and Evaluation
      3. Special Situation

    Complex Humanitarian Health Crisis: Venezuela in Emergency - Dr. Adriana Tami

    Webinar Date: 5 December 2018

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    Complex Humanitarian Health Crisis: Venezuela in Emergency

    During the past four years, Venezuela has plunged into a humanitarian, economic, and health crisis of extraordinary proportions. Economic and political mismanagement have precipitated a general collapse of Venezuela’s health system with hyperinflation rates above 25,000%, increased poverty, and long-term shortages of essential medicines and medical supplies. This complex situation has resulted in the dismantling of structures at the institutional, legal, political, social, and economic levels affecting the life and well-being of the entire population.

    In this context, the rapid resurgence of previously well-controlled diseases, such as vaccine-preventable (measles, diphtheria) and arthropod-borne (malaria, dengue) diseases has turned them into epidemics of unprecedented magnitudes. In response to Venezuela’s rapidly decaying situation, a massive population exodus is ongoing towards neighboring countries. Emigrating infected individuals are unwillingly causing a spill-over of diseases beyond Venezuela’s boundaries. With a government in denial of the current healthcare tragedy and neglect towards the re-emergence of diseases, a dangerous scenario is brewing for even further epidemics of vast consequences not only in Venezuela but in the region of the Americas.

    Older Adults in the Eye of the Storm - Prof. Sue Anne Bell

    Webinar Date: 25 October 2018

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    Older Adults in the Eye of the Storm: Research & Practice to Improve Health of Seniors after a Disaster

    The repercussions of disasters for older adults can be severe, as the aging population is particularly vulnerable to the effects of a disaster. While the risks to older adults are clear, the diverse mechanisms by which older adults are harmed—or are resilient and recover—remain understudied. In this webinar, Dr. Bell discusses her research on long-term health effects of disasters on older adults, where a fundamental premise of her work is to use novel methods to understand how disasters affect health outside of the common focus on the immediate after effects, with the aim of building a better disaster response.