Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Post Holiday Blues

    Back to work after a four day weekend... may have just had 4 days off in a row (we did!)

    Some find it hard to get back into the swing of things.

    How can this be made a little easier?

    1. Eat well. It is too easy to get bogged down the the morass of emails and phone messages that piled up and forget that you need to eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids. Take care of yourself and  you'll be more productive.
    2. Organize. It may seem overwhelming, but if you take the time at the beginning to organize your priorities, group like work together, and make a plan, you'll get caught up and back in the groove faster.
    3. Don't stress. While everything may seem urgent, in retrospect it won't be. Remember that most clients and customers are just coming off a long holiday weekend as well, and they'll understand that you are catching up.

    (Practice now... we've still got two more long holiday weekends coming up!)

  • The CDC Says: Give the Gift of Preparedness

    As the holiday season quickly approaches and holiday shopping begins, find a gift that truly show those you love how much you care—the gift of preparedness. Check out Public Health Matters latest post for ideas on creating the perfect emergency kits for your friends and family:

    While an emergency kit may not be on any of the top-ten big name gift lists this season, a starter kit could end up being the most important gift you give your friends and family this year.  Most of us would love to be a little more prepared, but have not made the time or don’t know where to start. Often, just taking the first step towards getting prepared is the hardest part. Give your friends and family the gift of being prepared for the unexpected.

    Need creative ideas for your gifts of preparedness? We’ve got you covered with these gift ideas:

    The Starter Kit

    Help get your friends thinking emergency prep with a few key items to start their emergency kit. Pack the items in a small plastic storage container or water-proof bag that can be stored easily. Include the following items:

    • First aid kit (You can get a pre-made kit)
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Portable phone charger (also sometimes known as a portable battery. This charger should be rechargeable and have the ability to charge a phone without being plugged into a power source)
    • Manual can openers (and a reminder that every emergency kit should include a three-day supply of food and water)

    Emergency Prep for Kids

    Sometimes the best way to get families thinking about emergency preparedness is through teaching kids about the importance of having an emergency kit, an emergency communication plan, and a family emergency response plan for every disaster.

    Get kids excited and interested in emergency preparedness with CDC’s Ready Wrigley activity books. You can print coloring books for disasters including, extreme heat, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and winter weather.  Help kids check-off items on Ready Wrigley’s emergency kit list with some of the following items:

    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • A battery-powered or crank weather radio
    • Small and portable games or activities that can entertain kids if they have to shelter in place or evacuate to a shelter. (Small board games, playing cards, books or stuffed animals are good items to consider).

    Emergency Kits for the Road

    Is you car ready for winter graphic with cartoon bird and car emergency kit suppliesFor the car-lovers or new drivers on your list, consider putting together a kit of emergency supplies they can keep in their car. Plan your gift based on local hazards. If you live in an area that gets significant amounts of snow you may consider including a windshield scraper, extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets. For any emergency, your car kit include these basic items:

    Basic tool kit with pliers, a wrench and screwdriver

    Jumper cables (you may consider purchasing a “roadside emergency kit” from your local auto shop that also includes reflective triangle markers, gloves, and a flashlight)

    – First aid kit

    – Cellphone charger (either or a car charger, or rechargeable portable charger)

    Pets and Pet Lovers

    young girl with shopping bags and a pug dogRemember to include pets in your emergency planning. Whether you are thinking of gifts for your furry friends or a gift for the pet lovers in your life, put together a gift of the following pet emergency kit items:

    • Extra food and water for your pet, including an extra water and food bowl.
    • Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
    • Pet toy and a pet bed that can easily be stored and taken if you are forced to evacuate. (Remember to always check with your local emergency shelters before a disaster to find out which shelters take in pets).

    All of these emergency packages are great gifts to help friends, family, or yourself start an emergency kit. Check out CDC’s Emergency Preparedness and You page for more tips on how to be prepared for any emergency.

  • Think Big, Shop Small

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  • Don't forget to Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Many pets were left behind to fend for themselves during the wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties resulting in serious injuries, death or disappearance.

    This occurred because the fire came so fast many survivors had no time to save the animals.

    Planning ahead means saving all family members - even the winged or multi-legged ones.

    "Pets are members of the family. You wouldn't want to leave a family member behind during a disaster would you?" said Deputy State Coordinating Officer Charles Rabamad. "Having a plan and emergency kit for your pets is just as important as having them for your mother, father, sister or brother."

    With predictions of more severe weather and flooding this winter due to El Niño now is a good time to develop both a family and pet emergency plan. Here are some tips on what to include in your pet plan:

    • If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, ask your veterinarian about the possibility. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and fastened to its collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, its tag is its ticket home.
    • Make sure your pet’s immunizations are current and keep a copy of the veterinary records with you.
    • Take a photo of your pet and keep it with you for identification purposes.
    • Make a pet emergency kit. You should have enough pet food, bottled water and medications for three days. Also, pack cat litter and pan, manual can opener, food dishes, leash and collar, brush, blankets, a first aid kit and other supplies. A full list of items to include can be found online at www.Ready.Gov. Information also is available at www.Cal-cares,com and
    • If you plan to shelter in place, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Put all emergency supplies in that room ahead of time, including your pet’s crate and supplies.
    Pet EMergency Kits come with the supplies your furry friend needs to evacuate, shelter and survive with the rest of the family! Pet Emergency Kits come with the supplies your furry friend needs to evacuate, shelter and survive with the rest of the family!

    Include Your Pets in Emergency Planning

    • Consider checking with your local animal control agency or emergency management office now to determine if a pet-friendly shelter is available in your area. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies.
    • Make a buddy system with your friends or neighbors as a back-up emergency plan if you cannot care for your animals yourself. The buddy system will assure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

    Those with larger animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs should also plan for these animals by:

    • Ensuring all animals have some form of identification.
    • Evacuating animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
    • Making sure vehicles and trailers for transporting animals as well as experienced handlers and drivers are available.
    • Ensuring destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.

    Survivors can register for FEMA assistance online at or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Registration continues through Nov. 23.

  • Seniors and Falls

    The CDC is making major strides in helping the medical profession address a serious issue for Seniors: Falls.

    Do you fall because your hip breaks or does your hip break because you fall?

    SteadiAccording to the New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, both can happen but falls probably account for the majority of fractures as programs to help to minimize the risk of falls and the use of hip protectors to cushion the hip in high risk patients can reduce (but not completely prevent) hip fractures.

    Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI's tools and educational materials will help you to:

    • Identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for a fall;
    • Identify modifiable risk factors; and
    • Offer effective interventions.

    3 Questions That Can Help Protect Older Adults from Falls

    New STEADI Older Adult Fall Prevention Online Training for Providers


    • Continuing Education available for this free interactive course.
    • Make fall prevention part of your clinical practice and learn to screen patients 65+ for falls, identify risk factors, and offer interventions.
    • Log in or create an account on CDC TRAIN, then search for "STEADI".

    New funding comes from the CDC for advancement in these areas...  Research to Advance Primary Care-Pharmacy Linkage for Medication Review to Reduce Older Adult Falls

    Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

    Research to Advance Primary Care-Pharmacy Linkage for Medication Review to Reduce Older Adult Falls (RFA-CE-16-002)

    CDC’s Injury Center intends to commit approximately $1,050,000 over a 3-year project period with a maximum of $350,000 per year. This funding will support one application to research how community pharmacists can work with their primary care providers on medication management to increase the potential health impact of fall prevention efforts. Promising practices identified by this research could be reproduced and integrated into more comprehensive fall risk assessment and management strategies.

    The purpose of this research is to investigate sustainable and reproducible models that would link community pharmacists to primary care providers, enhancing medication review and management to reduce the risk of falls in older adults. This research should also examine potential health benefits, implementation costs, and sustainability of the proposed pharmacy-primary care linkages.

    Important Dates

    • Letter of Intent Due: 01/15/2016
    • Application Due: 02/15/2016

    Learn More

    The funding opportunity announcement can be found at


    A hip fracture is a dreaded injury for most older adults. It is extremely common; there are over 300,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures each year. It is estimated that 1 out of every 7 post menopausal Caucasian women will have a hip fracture during their lifetime. There are some steps you can take to decrease your risk of breaking your hip.

    Home Safety. Falls are a common cause of fractures. Look around your home. Secure loose area rugs. Install grab bars in the bathrooms and showers. Make sure stairs are well lit and do not leave objects on stairs. Make sure slippery driveways and stairs are salted in the winter, and stay indoors if the weather is bad. Flashlights should be located near your bedroom in case of power outages at night. Keep the floor clear of clutter. Pets, although loving companions, are frequently implicated in falls, especially small dogs and cats. Do not rush. Many people who fall were in a hurry! Do not be too proud to use a cane or walker if you need one.

    Heath and Wellness. Have your vision checked yearly. Get new glasses if you need them. Review your list of medications yearly with your medical doctor. Some medications can have side effects or interact with other drugs causing dizziness or fatigue. Low blood pressure or abnormal heart rhythms may also contribute to falls. An undiagnosed urinary tract infection may result in confusion and a fall. Excessive use of alcohol also contributes to falls. Stop smoking. Nicotine decreases bone density and contributes to the development of osteoporosis.

    Exercise. As you age, muscle mass decreases causing weakness and poor balance. A regular exercise program incorporating strength training and balance exercises can help to prevent falls. Weight bearing exercise such as walking can maintain and improve bone density. Tai Chi exercises have been shown to be very beneficial in improving balance. A structured physical therapy program can help you improve your strength, balance, and gait.

    Osteoporosis Treatment and Prevention. There are many things you can do to prevent osteoporosis. Adequate levels of calcium and Vitamin D are important in building and maintaining bone mass. Bone density can be quantified with a DEXA scan. If you have osteoporosis you should discuss treatment options with your medical doctor.

  • How "one minute" can cost you your life

    Workplace safety is important. If adequate measures are not taken, then the aftermath could result in injury or even death.

    From a safety perspective, we hate it when people use the phrase "it will only take a minute". Some people seem to think they are not at risk when they are performing small jobs. This has resulted in people not protecting themselves with PPE, therefore leaving them unprotected from various health and safety risks.

    It is the "its only a small job" mentality that costs lives. It is important that safety equipment is worn at all times whenever there is a health and safety risk present.

    We all know that hard hats can become an annoyance, but please remember they are there for a reason. There have been many cases across the world where hard hats have saved lives. Unfortunately, there have been also many cases where wearing no hard hat has taken lives.
    We cannot stress enough that PPE must be worn when there is a risk involved. Being off guard for a "one minute" job can be fatal.

    Remember, if you are an employer, it is your duty to protect your employees. Evaluate the situation and carry out risk assessments to spot any potential risks. Never encourage an worker to not wear PPE if there is a risk present.

    Safety first, protect yourself. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding personal protective equipment. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a game available to keep training fun and innovative. Safety first, protect yourself. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding personal protective equipment. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a game available to keep training fun and innovative.

    If you are an employee, you should be protected at all times. If you feel a situation is unsafe, remove yourself from that environment immediately. Speak to your boss and let them know if you feel there is a risk.

    Please note that not all PPE is compatible with each other. Make sure you check with your PPE supplier first. For example, certain breathing masks will not protect you if you wear them with safety goggles, as the goggles may push the mask out of place, therefore letting in harmful air. It is also important that your PPE fits you well. It is not safe to be wearing PPE that does not fit your body as it should.

    If you ever get the urge to quickly finish a job, ask yourself two simple questions.

    1. Am I at risk of injury or death? If so, what PPE should I be wearing.
    2. Am I wearing PPE? If so, is it suited for the risks that are present.

    These small steps can save lives. We cannot stress enough how PPE is important. It only takes a second for a life to be taken. Do not let a "one minute" job become your killer.

    Contributed by Max Smith of Site King Safety Workwear in the UK

  • Preserving the Power of Antibiotics for Humans and Animals

    During this year’s #GetSmartWeek, we’ve been reminded that the single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for every one of us to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed and used.

    Download the free infographic! Download the free infographic!

    On CDC’s Safe Healthcare blog today, Dr. Lonnie King discusses how antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine remain the cornerstone of treating and preventing serious bacterial infections. And how it will take commitment from all sectors, including the human health side and the animal health side, in order to preserve the power of antibiotics.

    Learn more about how  you can keep Get Smart About Antibiotics activities going, even after the awareness week.

  • Food Safety

    Estimated to cost more than $15.5 billion annually, foodborne diseases are a common and costly public health problem. Learn how CDC fights foodborne diseases to protect American consumers and businesses and helps employers make food safety a part of company culture.


    heart-health-mainFoodborne illness is a costly challenge for American businesses and consumers. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. Medical and industry costs of these illnesses exceed $15.5 billion. CDC estimates that reducing foodborne infections by just 10 percent would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year.

    Promoting a culture of food safety is vital to employees’ health—as well as to America’s businesses, communities and the U.S. economy. The Grocery Manufacturers’ Association reports that grocery-producing companies that have recalled a product in the past five years experienced an estimated financial impact of $10 million to $30 million per recall.

    Our food takes a complex route from farm to table, and the food production chain is becoming increasingly centralized and globalized. These challenges require identifying and implementing best practices to keep America’s food safe.

    In this issue of Business Pulse, explore how CDC protects America’s businesses, employees and their families by linking illnesses in people to specific foods, and informing food safety policies and practices to make food safer and save lives.

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