August 21, 2009
Update on Higher Ed and Swine Flu
Today, this news article from the CDC provided an update to recommendations on managing swine flu on college campuses.
Swine Flu May Not Close College Classrooms: CDC: http://beta.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docid=630259
While there is much more in the article, here are the key points they wanted to pass along.
* Colleges should encourage good flu-preventive hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and "coughing etiquette," such as covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or a sleeve.
* Urge students and staff to get a flu shot once they become available, especially higher-risk individuals, such as pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
* If students do get sick, "self-isolation" is key. Ideally, students who live in dorm-type housing should, if they can, return to the family home for the duration of their illness (using a taxi or private vehicle). If they cannot, they should refrain from close contact with other students, relying on phone, e-mail, texting and the Internet to keep up with schoolwork and family and friends.
* In some cases, a "flu buddy" system might be helpful -- students pair up to exclusively care for each other if one becomes ill. Individuals should leave isolation only after 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicines).
* Students or staff should not require a doctor's note to prove they are ill, since such requirements could swamp already overburdened clinics, the CDC said.
For specifics on this press release, see the following.
* CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year
* Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education
* Technical Report on CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year
For more information on this topic or to register for email alerts and updates, please go to:
Flu.gov: School Planning: http://www.flu.gov/plan/school/index.html
To track this topic and others, please visit Flu.gov.
August 05, 2009
The Present and Future of Clinical Care
Berci Mesko has developed quite a name for himself at the intersection of healthcare and social media. It is pretty unusual for a medical student to be allowed to teach a for-credit class while he is still in school himself, but he really has exceptional expertise in this area and they were lucky to have him available. Here is a recent slide presentation from him that envisions the uses of social media and increasingly common technologies for doctors seeing patients.
Practicing Medicine in the Web 2.0 Era: http://www.slideshare.net/NCurse/practicing-medicine-in-the-web-20-era-1207689
August 02, 2009
PLoS On Open Access via Vimeo
The Public Library of Science has been making videos about their vision, mission and the role of open access in science and health, and making these quietly available through Vimeo for about four months now.
Here is an example of one of their videos - Ginny Barbour, Part 5, Open Access, Achievements and Looking Forward, in which she says, "Open access means not only is your research free permanently, with no barriers attached to it, but also that reuse is possible, that redistribution is possible, that translation is possible. Then all of a sudden what you find is that the flow of information is restricted only by people's imagination."