CEPAR PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR MERS VIRUS
MERS-CoV - Image Courtesy CDC
MERS-CoV Concerns CDC and Global Health Officials
CEPAR has developed health guidance to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which has been reported in Eupope, the Middle East and Tunisia, and resulted in more than 30 deaths. This guidance is primarily for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students, especially those traveling to parts of the world where MERS has been confirmed.
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State Issues Alert to Clinicians Regarding MERS and other Novel Respiratory Viruses
Letter includes table that summarizes illness, exposure, and testing criteria for MERS, H7N9, and H3N2.
CEPAR's Thomas D. Kirsch is First Recipient of Disaster Medicine Award
Thomas D. Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., a Johns Hopkins emergency physician who was among key responders to the Sept. 11 attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the 2010 Haitian earthquake, is the inaugural recipient of a new national award for outstanding achievement and excellence in the field of disaster medicine.
The American College of Emergency Physicians selected Kirsch, who also is a deputy director at CEPAR and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as the first recipient of its Disaster Medical Sciences Award. It was presented Oct. 16 at ACEP’s annual scientific assembly conference.
CEPAR: Leading Johns Hopkins in Preparedness and Response
Overseeing Institution-wide Planning and Response for Disasters and Public Health Threats
CEPAR oversees enterprise-wide planning and response to disasters or other emergencies that may effect the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University systems. The CEPAR director is Gabe Kelen, M.D. (above right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, PA-C, MBA (above left).
During the H1N1 Flu Pandemic and other events CEPAR demonstrated its leadership abilities locally and nationally.
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Education and Training Opportunities
CEPAR recommends a number of educational opportunities for disaster planning that will be available in the Baltimore area this spring and summer. See our list for full descriptions and registeration information.
Recommended Reading: Recognizing Students in Distress
In the wake of the tragedy in Newton, Conn. CEPAR enourages faculty and staff at all Johns Hopkins institutions to read and keep on hand the guidance compiled by the Johns Hopkins Counseling Center and others.
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EMCAPS: Our Planning Tool for Major Disasters
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EMCAPS is a free software program for mass casualty planning and education, developed by CEPAR's research arm, PACER. A new version of EMCAPS, with improved visual dyanamics (as seen in image above), is in development and planned for release later this year.
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Learn More About PACER
The Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Critical Event Response is CEPAR's research arm. Funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, PACER is engaged in research projects which will improve national security and the response to major disasters.
Preparation Is Key for Academic Medical Center Deployment to Disasters
What CEPAR Learned from the Haiti Earthquake
CEPAR leaders involved with the deployment of the Johns Hopkins Go Team to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake have published a paper in World Health & Medical Policy about key decisions and planning that academic medical centers should do in advance of sending teams to disasters.
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Disaster Preparedness Training and Expertise
CEPAR has expertise available for:
- Disaster training and response.
- Organizing table-top excercises.
- Consulting on emergency preparedeness and more.
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