CPR for the Healthcare Provider (4/18)

CPR for the Healthcare Provider will be sponsored by the Department of Emergency Health Services on the following dates in the Academic IV Building, room 207:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 5:30-10:00 pm
Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 5:30-10:00 pm

Registration fee is $80 for the full provider course; $70 for the renewal course.

For further information, contact Danette McCoy at x53584 or email danette@umbc.edu.

Richard Bissell, Emergency Health Services, in the Baltimore Sun

On March 27th, Dominick Tolli of the American Red Cross visited UMBC to discuss four revolutionary mobile apps his team created to better serve people impacted by natural disasters and other emergencies. When Superstorm Sandy hit, tens of thousands of people accessed the apps for information on storm conditions, available shelters, first aid and even gasoline pick-up sites.

RichardBissell (Red Cross-UMBC)The Baltimore Sun reported on the event, organized by Richard Bissell of the Emergency Health Services Dept., who serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. Bissell commented that the app developers “are helping move the Red Cross into the public in a way that has never been done before.”

In an emergency situation, standard forms of communications are often unavailable, making it difficult for public health groups to serve those most in need of help. Bissell says using mobile devices is “actually a pretty robust way of getting information to the people,” because cell phone signals generally remain intact during power outages.

Help Is in Your Hand: Developing Red Cross Emergency Apps (2/27)

When Superstorm Sandy hit, tens of thousands of people turned to a new resource for details about storm conditions, available shelters, first aid, and even gasoline pick-up sites. The resource? Mobile apps developed by the American Red Cross.

Matt Goldfeder, Senior Director of Mobile Product Development, and Dominick Tolli, VP of Product Management, will visit UMBC from the American Red Cross on Wednesday, February 27, to discuss these revolutionary apps.

Goldfeder and Tolli’s talk will explore the design and use of mobile apps to provide the public with emergency preparedness, emergency response and bystander first aid guidance. All are welcome to attend the talk on 2/27, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in AC IV Room 305. Questions? Email Rick Bissell (bissell@umbc.edu) of UMBC’s Emergency Health Services Dept.

Red Cross app

Rick Bissell, Emergency Health Services, on Panel for Union of Concerned Scientists

Rick Bissell, emergency health services, was as an invited panel discussant at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. The panel discussed public access to timely and valid science-based information in disasters and other emergencies. This topic has risen in importance in recent years following information inaccuracies or withholding in the following incidents: airborne particulates and contaminants secondary to the collapse of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, several “mad cow” incidents in the last decade in which information has been obfuscated, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and various “superbug” infections at the NIH hospital, in which information was not shared with the public, emergency management, or other clinical centers.

These incidents were discussed as examples of the problem, and are not exhaustive. Bissell was one of three panelists, among 16, with an emergency public health and emergency management background. Other panelists represented journalism, food safety, environmental science, public policy, library science, political science, consumer safety, government communications, physics and nuclear proliferation, civil liberties and government accountability.

The Union of Concerned Scientists expects to have a preliminary policy paper available within the next month.