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Public Health Emergency Officials Are Preparing for Zika Virus

By Anthony Mangeri

Public health agencies are being asked once again to respond to an emerging highly infectious disease, this time Zika virus. Zika is mostly spread through mosquito bites, however, new reports indicate the disease may also be spread through sexual contact and bodily fluids. Learn more about how this virus is spurring a substantial public health response.

Disaster Recovery: Public Health Challenges 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Mississippi will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the single greatest natural disaster ever experienced by the state. APU professor Juanita Graham writes about her experience seeing the devastation soon after Hurricane Katrina hit and again in a recent visit 10 years later. Graham writes about the challenges Mississippi continues to face when it comes to public health and how health professionals can prepare for the next disaster. 

Benefits of Transitioning to a Quality Improvement (QI) Program

As emergency medical services (EMS) managers, quality assurance (QA) can be a struggle when it comes to guiding our staff. It is imperative that we ensure staff is not only treating patients appropriately, but that we document this care within the appropriate guidelines and medical protocols. Learn why medical professionals are increasingly transitioning to a Quality Improvement (QI) program for peer review of patient care records. Should your agency make the switch?

A Catalyst for Change in EMS: The Mobile Healthcare Program

Many professionals believe the emergency medical services (EMS) industry has hit an impasse with industry-wide budget cuts, falling wages, and staffing cuts. However, during this difficult time, a new paradigm has emerged: the mobile care program concept. Such a program essentially prevents patients with chronic illness from costly emergency room visits. Learn more about the management and system requirements needed to help mobile care programs become the catalyst for change in EMS.

EMS and the Burden of Explanation to Lawmakers

By Allison G. S. Knox, M.A., EMT-B, Faculty at American Military University

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an intriguing policy area because it encompasses numerous issue areas at the local, state and federal levels of government. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are cross-trained between emergency medicine and public safety, which allows them to be creative and resourceful when handling 9-1-1 emergencies.