Category: preparedness

Seeing is Believing: The Art of Moulage in Emergency Preparedness

A first responder tends to a person with a simulated (or mock) injury during an emergency response exercise.

Moulage is the art of applying realistic, mock injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams, medical, and military personnel. Good special effects in movies are effective because they make illusions seem real. Making simulated injuries seem real helps first responders better prepare for the real thing. Moulage is the French word for molding. Read More >

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#BeCyberSmart: 5 Ways to Protect Your Health Tech

A stethoscope on top of a laptop keyboard.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Technological advances have made the field of home-use medical devices one of the most exciting in medicine. New technologies are being applied to all different types of devices, including those that are implanted, worn, and used at home or in health care settings. The result is safer, timelier, and Read More >

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It’s National Radio Day, Over.

Hand turning knob on vintage radio

August 20 is National Radio Day (#NationalRadioDay), an annual observance dedicated to the invention and history of radio. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The same could be said for radio. Radio was in its heyday and remains—more than a century later—an effective medium of mass communication. For a long time, Read More >

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AFM is Serious: Know the Symptoms. Act Fast.

Little girl in wheelchair

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a serious neurologic condition that causes limb weakness and paralysis. While uncommon, AFM affects mostly children, and can have devastating, long-term effects for patients and their families. There have been three AFM outbreaks in the United States—in 2014, 2016, and 2018. If this biennial pattern continues, another outbreak might occur Read More >

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Probabilities, Not Promises: How Computer Models are Used in Emergency Preparedness & Response

Computer models are not crystal balls. They are the result of a set of variables going through mathematical algorithms. What comes out is a simulation of what might happen if present truths are accurate predictors of future trends. Models show probabilities; they don’t make promises. Models have many applications. Epidemiologists use them to predict disease Read More >

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A Summer Like No Other: How to Stay Safe and Healthy This Season

Summer lawn with Child

If you’ve been hearing the phrase “the new normal” lately and wondering what it means, the writers of the Oxford Dictionary define it as “a previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual or expected.” (1) Summer this year is going to be a little different than it has been in years past, Read More >

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