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Lima, Peru, is featured in this image photographed from the International Space Station in March 2005. Located on the broad alluvial fan of the Rimac River, the city was established by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and became an important colonial port linking the silver mines of the Altiplano of the high Andes to the east with the burgeoning Spanish empire. During the mid-twentieth century, there was a significant relocation of people from rural mountain communities into the Lima metropolitan area. This photograph depicts the wealthier San Isidro and Mira Flores quarters of Lima, which are characterized by parks, golf courses (such as the Lima Golf Course—approximately 1 kilometer long), and greenbelts interspersed with residential and commercial areas.
Image Credit: NASA
Insights on Innovation
by Dan White
Best disposable CPAP systems
CPAP should be classified as non-invasive therapy and be entirely suitable for use by EMTs and first responders
“….Disposable CPAP devices have become popular for several important reasons. They are compact and lightweight. In rural areas, where CPAP treatments may be infrequent, they are affordable because they eliminate the need for any capital equipment. They also make a great choice for first responders. Finally, they allow for faster ER turnaround time. …..”
The Boussignac CPAP device
O-Two Medical Technologies’ single-use Open CPAP Device
the Smith Oxy-PEEP.
FEMA Administrator Statement On New National Hurricane Center Director
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Release Number: HQ-12-035
WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today issued the following statement on the selection of the new Director of the National Hurricane Center.
“Dr. Rick Knabb’s selection as the next Director of the National Hurricane Center showcases the continued coordination and partnership that FEMA has enjoyed with outgoing Director Bill Read. The Hurricane Center has always been a steadfast partner in promoting a message of preparedness while tracking tropical storms and hurricanes and informing the public on their impact. As everyone here at FEMA wishes Bill the best in his new endeavors, we welcome the new partnership with Rick. As we approach the beginning of the Hurricane Season on June 1st, I’m confident that the employees of FEMA and the new leadership and staff at the Hurricane Center will continue to serve the nation well.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards
Last Modified: Wednesday, 23-May-2012 16:47:08
FEMA Deputy Administrator Praises Emergency Medical Services
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Release Number: HQ-12-036
WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 20-26, and is an opportunity to recognize medical personnel for their dedication and service to the community. As part of this important week, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino praised EMS professionals nationwide, and emphasized the important role they play in their communities – especially during times of disaster.
On May 23, Serino spoke at the Alameda County Emergency Services Conference in California, where he thanked those in the EMS profession for their hard work and dedication. He recognized that medical personnel are an important part of the emergency management team, operating at the intersection of public health and public safety.
“In a time of crisis, it is the EMS professionals who are the first on the scene,” said Serino. “They are the first to offer care and comfort, and they are the first to offer that immediate assistance when we are most vulnerable and hurting.”
Serino previously served as the Chief of Boston EMS and the Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, and has been in the EMS community for more than 35 years.
“Over the years, I have watched how technology and new innovations have changed the EMS profession. While the tools that we use have changed over the years, one thing hasn’t: the selfless commitment and dedication that EMS professionals bring to their jobs each and every day,” said Serino.
“I am very proud and honored to not only be part of the EMS community, but also to salute my fellow EMS professionals for the great work they do to save lives, while sometimes putting their own lives at risk.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 23-May-2012 16:43:58
Unprecedented momentum for better health must not be compromised by financial crisis, she tells health ministers
23 May 2012 | Geneva -The World Health Assembly today appointed Dr Margaret Chan for a second five-year term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In her acceptance speech to health ministers and representatives of WHO’s Member States, Dr Chan pledged her continued commitment to improve the health of the most vulnerable.
“In my view, universal coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer. It is a powerful equalizer,” said Dr Chan. “[It] is the best way to cement the gains made during the past decade.”
In addition she said that the biggest challenge over the next five years will be to lead WHO in ways that will help maintain the unprecedented momentum for better health that marked the start of this century.
“The future of funding for international health development is uncertain,” said Dr Chan. “If we let down our guard, slacken our efforts, problems that are so close to being brought under control will come roaring back.”
The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization’s international health work. Dr Chan’s new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.
Dr Chan, from the People’s Republic of China, joined WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment in 2003. In 2005, she was appointed Director of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response, as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. Later that year she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases. In November 2006 she was elected to her first appointment as Director-General of WHO.
Before joining WHO, Dr Chan was Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals and to establish better local and international collaboration. She also effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Dr Chan obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
23 May 2012 Last updated at 12:43 ET
“A case of rabies has been confirmed in London…….
The potentially fatal disease was confirmed in a patient after they were bitten by a dog in South Asia.
The patient, whose age and gender was not given, is receiving hospital treatment…….
Professor David Brown, a rabies expert at the HPA, said only four cases of human rabies acquired from dogs, all from abroad, had been identified in the UK since 2000……”
“…..The traveller from London…..was diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening disease and is having treatment in hospital after being bitten by a puppy in India nine weeks ago…….The patient is being cared for at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, based at University College Hospital, London.
Relatives and hospital staff were believed to have been offered vaccines as a precaution…….”