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  • SNS Training Video:  Westcot Bed:  This training video provides a visual demontration and  instructions to guide the user through the process of assembling the Westcot Bed.
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  • SNS Training Video:  Hospital Bed Assembly: - This training video provides a visual demontration and  instructions to guide the user through the process of assembling the Hospital Adjustable Bed.
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  • SNS Training Video: General Use Bed (GUB) Assembly -  This training video provides a visual demonstration and  instructions to guide the user through the process of assembling a General Use Bed.
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  • Telehealth Webinar for Community Based Organizations Part 1: Services, Payment and Partners - The webinar provided an overview of telehealth basics for community-based organizations such as public housing authorities, multi-family housing providers, aging and disability network stakeholders, and other social service providers. The webinar highlighted relevant resources and provided examples of telehealth use and lessons from the field.
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  • Telehealth Webinar for Community Based Organizations Part  2: Accessibility and Language Access - The second webinar of the Telehealth for Community-Based Organizations Series, Promising Practices: Accessibility and Language Access, was held August 26, 2020. The webinar focused on telehealth accessibility for individuals with access and functional needs and individuals with limited English proficiency. It highlighted innovative strategies for ensuring access to older adults, people with disabilities, and addressed cultural and linguistic competency when providing telehealth services.
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  •  Telehealth Webinar for Community Based Organizations Part 3: Addressing Barriers for Homelessness and Connectivity - The third and final webinar of the Telehealth for Community-Based Organizations Series, Promising Addressing Barriers for Homelessness and Connectivity, was held September 30, 2020. The webinar focused on how Community-Based Organizations can help connect homeless individuals with telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out about a federal program to improve access to phone and internet services for low-income individuals.
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  • 2020 Independence Day: NDMS Responders Behind the Scenes -  In this video, Brian Walters, a NDMS medical officer with the Department of Health and Human Services, tells how NDMS teams worked together behind-the-scenes to provide medical care during the Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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  • Health & Medical Task Force: ASPR Supports the State of Maryland - As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, responders from the National Disaster Medical System deployed in support of the Maryland Department of Health to assess area long-term care facilities. NDMS responders worked with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland National Guard, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, the U.S. Public Health Service, and other partners to evaluate each facility’s preparedness planning, including transport protocols, isolation guidelines, disinfection procedures, PPE usage and availability, and staffing.
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  • SNS Training Video: Bariatric Bed Assembly - Assembling a bariatric bed might seem intimidating, but it is easier than you might think. Check out this quick training video from HHS/ASPR's Strategic National Stockpile for step-by-step instructions to help you assemble the bariatric bed.
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  • SNS Training Video: Bariatric Lift Assembly - A Bariatric Lift Assembly, used primarily to lift obese patients from the bed, might look like a challenge to assemble, but you really just need a few simple tools. Check out this step-by-step training video from the Strategic National Stockpile to learn how to assemble a a bariatric lift assembly.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Through the Years" -  ASPR TRACIE was started in 2015 with quite a mission—deliver information and resources to professionals on the front lines of healthcare preparedness. We’re proud of our accomplishments, but even prouder that you’ve allowed us to share your best practices and become your trusted source for preparing for and responding to emergencies.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Lessons Learned on Crisis Standards of Care in Kenema" -  In this video, Dr. Lewis Rubinson shares his personal experiences treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Cybersecurity and Healthcare Facilities" - Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing the ASPR TRACIE audience. In this webinar, a distinguished panel of experts describe lessons learned from recent experiences, planning considerations, and steps the federal government is taking to address cybersecurity and cyber hygiene.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Preparing for the Worst, Responding at Your Best, and Continuing On" -  The scenarios and information presented in this webinar summarizes Modules 1 and 2 and help emergency healthcare responders and providers prepare to manage their emotional response during real-life situations.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Cognitive Tools for Mitigating Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress" -  Learn more about tools and strategies for identifying and mitigating stress, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Preview: Cognitive Tools for Mitigating Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress" - This preview explains how the module uses exercises and scenarios to teach participants strategies for managing stress in their daily lives and during disasters.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Organizational Wellness from the Top: Stress Mitigation and Work Satisfaction for Staff" - Participants will learn about organizational "disease," and how stress can negatively affect the work environment in this webinar.  Tips and tools for measuring wellness and implementing related strategies are included.  The module closes with stress-reducing exercises for executives and an emphasis on the importance of physical activity and learning opportunities for leaders and staff.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Preview: Organizational Wellness from the Top:  Stress Mitigation and Work Satisfaction for Staff" - Healthy leaders manage health teams.  Check out this preview of ASPR TRACIE's webinar " Organization Wellness from the Top: Stress Mitigation and Work Satisfaction for Healthcare Providers. "
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Stress Identification for Healthcare Providers" -  Learn more about the concept of traumatic stress, including risk factors and symptoms associated with compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout.
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  • ASPR TRACIE "Who Me?  How Do I Know if I Have Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress?" -  This brief video describes ASPR TRACIE's disaster responder self-care webinar "Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress Identification for Healthcare Providers."
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  • Strategic National Stockpile:  A Look Back at the Last 20 Years: -  The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency. The SNS celebrated a 20 year anniversary in 2019.
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  • ASPR Next - Dr. Kadlec -  Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, introduces  ASPR Next as a new opportunity to partner with ASPR as we revolutionize disaster care with next-generation technology. Dr. Kadlec invites you to join us for ASPR Next Innovation Day on August 7-8, 2019 as we work together to find a better way to transform disaster health care.  
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  • Project BioShield: Partnering to Build a Portfolio of Medical Countermeasures - BARDA Deputy Director Disbrow explains how BARDA is working with private industry to build a robust portfolio of medical countermeasures. BARDA has supported 27 products under Project BioShield and added 15 products to the Strategic National Stockpile. Ten of those products have earned FDA approval, with others available under FDA’s Emergency Use Authority.
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  • Dr. Robert Kadlec - The Evolution of Project BioShield -  Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, explains the ways that our country is better prepared to respond to health security threats because of Project BioShield.
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  • Hurricane Michael: Promoting Recovery in Bay District Schools -  As recovery from Hurricane Michael continues, area schools had to grapple with rising levels of anxiety, depression and PTSD; increasing numbers of homeless students; and rapidly dwindling numbers of staff. Although all of these challenges are daunting, they are not unique to this disaster. ASPR helped connect school administrators and educators who were are grappling with recovery from Hurricane Michael with mentors from around the country who faced disasters in their school districts and were ready to share lessons learned. Together, they discussed solutions to help bolster recovery.
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  • 2019 Biodefense Summit - HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II - Biological Threats Are Real and They Are Growing: Secretary Alex M. Azar II, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses biological threats at the Biodefense Summit. Biological threats – of a man-made, accidental or naturally occurring nature – are real and they are growing. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized and interconnected, infectious diseases can spread more rapidly than ever before and technological advances, which can be used to enhance human health, can also be leveraged to develop biological threats.
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  • 2019 Biodefense Summit: HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II - Partnerships Are Needed to Address Biothreats -  Over the last two decades, the growing complexity of biodefense threats have demanded the involvement of of more and more biomedical and public health expertise. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar explains that more coordination is needed cross the government and with the private sector to address these threats.
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  • 2019 Peace Officers Memorial - NDMS Prepares to Provide Behind-The-Scenes Support -  During the annual Peace Officers Memorial, responders from the National Disaster Medical Service stand ready to provide medical care if it is needed. Before the event, NDMS ensures that all of its personnel and teams are prepared to handle a wide range of medical emergencies, so they review and rehearse the latest medical procedures before deploying. 
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  • Mapping the Capacity of Healthcare in Puerto Rico -  Captain Betty Hastings, Recovery Field Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at the Joint Recovery Office in Puerto Rico, is showing how ASPR is helping to assess the capacity and capabilities of private and public healthcare services across the island through mapping.
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  • The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program -  The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, or EPAP, helps people in a federally-identified disaster area who do not have health insurance get the prescription drugs, vaccinations, medical supplies, and equipment that they need. This program helps people and communities better cope with a disaster and reduces stress on the healthcare system.
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  • Medical Teams Support Hospitals following Hurricane Michael -  Hurricane Michael destroyed hospitals and drove an overwhelming surge of patients to remaining facilities. Learn how a Florida hospital system collaborated with Disaster Medical Assistance Teams from the National Disaster Medical System to meet the area’s medical needs after the historic storm devastated the panhandle.
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  • HHS medical teams provide care after Hurricane Michael -  More than 400 medical personnel from the HHS National Disaster Medical System deployed after Hurricane Michael to provide emergency medical care in some of the hardest hit communities in Florida. These teams set up temporary medical facilities outside severely damaged hospitals and are working alongside local medical professionals to care for patients. NDMS brings the best of care in the worst of times.
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  • Byron Mason: Benefits of an Early Start to Health and Social Services Recovery Operations -  Recovering from Hurricane Michael will be a marathon, not a sprint. Byron Mason, HHS’s Disaster Recovery Coordinator, talks about the importance of bringing in disaster recovery experts during response operations to help communities recover.
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  • Byron Mason: Disaster Recovery Coordination -  It takes a lot of subject matter expertise, planning and partnerships to help communities recover from the health and social services impacts of disasters. Public health partners across federal, state and local governments are working with private-sector partners to help communities become stronger after a disaster.
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  • Dr. Kevin Yeskey: Regional Disaster Health Response System -   Dr. Yesky explains the advantages of using a tiered multi-state, regional system to get patients the care they need in the time that they need it following a disaster. View Video | View Description

  • Dr. Robert Kadlec:  National Biodefense Strategy - The biosecurity threats our nation faces are both real and very serious. Dr. Kadlec explains how the new National Biodefense Strategy strengthens our ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological incidents, from attacks using biological weapons to infectious disease outbreaks. ​
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  • Dr. Gaither: NDMS Supports Urban Search and Rescue Teams -  Josh Gaither, a Medical Officer with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), explains how NDMS responders are able to work with urban search and rescue teams to provide urgently needed care to survivors. NDMS responders are specially trained and they can help with anything from ICU care to surgical care, enabling them to operate in a many different settings. 
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  • Exercise : Tranquil Terminus -  The video shows the Tranquil Terminus Exercises in Spokane, WA, Boise, ID, and Los Angeles, CA.  These are three of the participating patient debarkation locations where patients will be received and transported to their treatment facilities.  The exercise ​is an opportunity for federal and local health agencies and organizations to both prepare and practice for any kind of possible contagion.
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  • Dr. Scott Needle: Introduction to the National Advisory Committee (NACCD) -  Dr. Scott Needle, Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD), provides an overview of the committee's activities. The NACCD provides advice directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response nd the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on comprehensive planning and policies to meet the unique medical and public health needs of children before, during and after a disaster or other public health emergency. 
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  • Prabhavathi Fernandes, PhD:  Introduction to the National Biodefense Science Board -  Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., Chairperson of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), provides an overview of the board's activities. The NBSB provides advice directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters. The NBSB also provides expert guidance on current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents and the threats they may pose to our nation. 
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  • Introducing DRIVe -  At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ASPR is always on the lookout for innovative ways to save lives and protect Americans, especially during national emergencies. Now, BARDA has a solution: DRIVe. 
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  • DRIVe: Addressing Systemic Healthcare Problems - Too many lives are lost to sepsis every day. If a disaster strikes, sepsis will surely take more. Through DRIVe, BARDA is focusing on solving sepsis in our lifetime and addressing other systemic healthcare threats. ​To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe: Spurring Innovation -  Find out how BARDA is spurring innovation in lifesaving medical technologies. To learn more, visit https://drive.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe: Personal Devices - This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Personal Devices that know BEFORE you get sick". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe:  Sepsis -   This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Solve sepsis in OUR lifetime". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • DRIVe: Transforming Health Security - This video teaser announces one of three, cross-cutting problems the DRIVe program will tackle on June 5th, "Transforming Health Security". To learn more about DRIVe and how ASPR and BARDA are involved, visit DRIVe.hhs.gov.
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  • HPP Turns 1 -:  In this video, ASPR takes a look back at the Hospital Preparedness Program on its 15 year anniversary. Over the years, the program has taken the lead on hospital preparedness by helping patients receive the right care at the right place at the right time. Visit www.phe.gov/HPP for more information.
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  • Patient Surge Strategies 2018 Lehigh Valley Health System -  In this interview with ASPR TRACIE, Ryan Hay, Director of Emergency Preparedness for Lehigh Valley Health System, describes their surge management strategies for the 2018 seasonal illness surge. Visit asprtracie.hhs.gov for more information.
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  • Patient Surge Strategies: NYC Health + Hospitals 2018 -  In this interview with ASPR TRACIE, Drs. Madad and Studer discuss the development of surge sites, tents, and mobile medical units to help decompress their emergency departments during this year's seasonal illness surge. Visit asprtracie.hhs.gov for more information.
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  • Tranquil Terminus Kadlec - In this interview, Dr. Kadlec, the HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, describes Tranquil Terminus as the largest patient movement exercise in HHS history. And, testing patient movement procedures for seriously ill or injured patients is fundamental to ASPR's mission of saving lives and protecting Americans in a disaster.  ​
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  • ASPR TRACIE Celebrates Two Years of Service -  Learn about ASPR TRACIE’s progress over the past two years—based on close collaboration with stakeholders and partners.  ​
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  • ASPR TRACIE: User Comments After the First Year - Public health officials and emergency planners share their experiences working with ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) in its inaugural year.  ​
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  • ASPR TRACIE: A Year in Review - This video summarizes ASPR TRACIE’s first year of service.
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  • This page last reviewed: October 19, 2020