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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Guidance for Postexposure Medical Screening of Workers Leaving Hurricane Disaster Recovery Areas 12/17/07

This document is intended for occupational health professionals and other clinicians who are responsible for physical and mental health oversight of workers who have deployed or worked in hurricane disaster response. This tool offers guidance for screening workers who may have been exposed to potential work-related adverse health consequences as a result of working in unclean or unstable work environments, such as hurricane recovery areas.

This tool addresses the following topics:

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Red-Yellow-Green Asthma Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their asthma symptoms. The tool is divided into green (“all clear”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“medical alert”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

Red-Yellow-Green Diabetes Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their diabetes. The tool is divided into blood glucose levels depicted by green (“great control”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“stop and think”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook--Focusing on the Elderly Living in the Community 12/17/07

This 186-page chartbook is based on a broad review of recently published studies and reports, conducted to present a coherent picture of the quality of health care for elderly Medicare beneficiaries living in the community. The results are presented in 60 charts.

The topics in this chartbook are presented as follows:

  • Summary and highlights
  • Introduction
    • Overview: Progress, gaps, and variations
    • Challenges in measuring quality for the elderly population...
Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 11/29/07

The Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist identifies important, targeted activities health insurers can do now to prepare for a pandemic. This checklist is organized according to business-related, employee-related, and communications-related activities.

The checklist is divided into the following sections:

  • Plan for the impact of an influenza pandemic on your business.
  • Plan for the impact of an influenza pandemic on your employees and establish...
Hurricane Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 11/29/07

This Web site provides access to public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts on topics related to hurricane safety. Users can download PSAs and podcasts directly from the site or subscribe to receive a different hurricane podcast each week during hurricane season. The site includes scripts for all messages, as well as audio files for most. Some messages are also available in video and/or American Sign Language format. All messages are also available in Spanish.

This Web...

FluWorkLoss 1.0 11/29/07

FluWorkLoss 1.0 is a spreadsheet software tool that estimates the potential number of days lost from work due to an influenza pandemic. Users can change almost any input value, such as the number of workdays assumed lost when a worker becomes ill or the number of workdays lost due to a worker staying home to care for a family member. Users can also change the length and virulence of the pandemic so that a range of possible impacts can be estimated. FluWorkLoss provides a range of estimates...

Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 11/29/07

This checklist helps hospitals assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza.

The checklist is divided into the following sections:

  • Structure for planning and decisionmaking
  • Development of a written pandemic influenza plan
  • Elements of an influenza pandemic plan

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