Emergency Readiness

May 22, 2018
AHA supports the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s bipartisan reauthorization of the hospital and public health preparedness programs contained within S. 2852, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018. “America’s hospitals and health…
May 21, 2018
Three hospitals cared for a dozen victims of the mass shooting May 18 at a high school in Santa Fe, TX, about 30 miles south of Houston. The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston cared for three victims with gunshot wounds, including a critically wounded school resource officer. Clear…
May 18, 2018
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread from a remote area to a city of 1.2 million, the World Health Organization reported yesterday, after one case was confirmed in the city of Mbandaka. "This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to…
May 16, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration today issued a final order exempting manufacturers from FDA premarket notification requirements for certain N95 respirators, disposable devices used to protect patients and health care providers from infection. Under a new memorandum of understanding between the FDA…
May 10, 2018
Bombings, multi-country cyberattacks, severe natural disasters and deliberate chemical attacks reflect the real and complicated threats our nation faces in the 21st century. To save lives, the nation’s health care systems must be ready. Combating modern threats requires innovative solutions to…
May 9, 2018
The Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease after laboratory results confirmed two cases, the World Health Organization reports. The outbreak is the ninth in the African nation since Ebola was discovered there in 1976. WHO said it is working closely…
May 8, 2018
AHA today submitted comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on draft legislation to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, currently set to expire Sept. 30. Among other provisions, the bill would reauthorize the Hospital Preparedness Program and…
May 8, 2018
AHA comments on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s discussion draft, titled the “Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018.” Read the full letter below.
May 4, 2018
Experts from academia and government will discuss pandemic flu threats and preparedness during a seminar Monday at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, which will be livestreamed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The free event will commemorate the 100th anniversary…
May 3, 2018
AHA Regulatory Advisory: NFPA Releases Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program That May Affect Hospitals The National Fire Protection Association has published NFPA 3000: Standards for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. The new standard provides communities with a tool to develop a coordinated response to community active shooter and hostile events.