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How Paramedics Could Improve Patient Care and Emergency Department Efficiency

Categories: Public Health

Emergency Department Design

By Kristyna Culp, MBA

In hospitals around the country, paramedics are often viewed as outsiders to emergency departments’ processes. But does this tendency obscure opportunities to improve patient outcomes? Today, some researchers are seeking to streamline communication between paramedics and nurses to explore new opportunities to deliver better care.

Multi-Language Emergency Warnings in Minnesota

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Public Health

ECHO Meeting attendees

By: Lillian McDonald

Tech savviness is a hallmark of the millennial generation. They are the first generation to replace landlines, crayons and typewriters with smartphones, laptops, and tablets. They have phased out the communication, education, and work processes of the baby boomer generation in favor of faster more technologically advanced solutions. There is no doubt this rapid adoption of technology is significantly changing the speed and accuracy of how information is processed and shared. Emergency education and communication departments are particularly benefitting from new technology.

Business Pulse: 2014-2015 Flu Season

Categories: Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Public Health

business pulseBy Charles Stokes

For me, flu prevention is personal. I recently spent time with my two-year-old granddaughter in New York City, and it got me thinking about how important it is for her to get a flu vaccine—and for our entire extended family to get vaccinated as well.

Businesses Ready and Willing to Help Communities During Emergencies

Categories: Preparedness, Preparedness Month, Public Health, Response

People in line

During the January 2014 winter storm that crippled the Atlanta metro area and left thousands stranded on the city’s highways, businesses stepped up to the plate to assist those with nowhere to turn. Home Depot opened 26 stores in Georgia and Alabama to shelter stranded travelers, and other local stores like Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Target welcomed weary – and cold – drivers who abandoned their cars when it was obvious they were not going to make it home that night. These businesses provided the community with resources and services when people needed them most.

A Prepared Caregiver

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Preparedness Month, Public Health

Photo of older hands holding younger hands.

Back in 2007, Annie and her siblings began seeing early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in their mother. Annie’s mother, Margaret was 79 years old and had begun to become confused and get lost while driving. Annie no longer felt she should be left alone to take care of herself. She decided it would be best for her mother to move into a small apartment addition she built onto her house.

Preparing an Older Generation

Categories: General, Preparedness, Preparedness Month, Public Health

Older person in a walker.

The generation that brought us the Internet, the civil rights movement, tie-dye and classic rock, is turning 65. It is estimated that nearly 7,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, and by the year 2030 most of the baby boomers will be entering their elderly years. As the largest generation prepares for retirement and senior living, we must consider how to prepare this population for disasters.

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