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Case Studies and Press Releases

Early Warning of Flu Epidemic by Real-Time Monitoring of 9-1-1 Call Data, Richmond (Virginia), Oklahoma City and Tulsa (Oklahoma)

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Prepardeness Appears to Mitigate 2012-13 Influenza Season
Firstwatch’s own clinical advisor Pam Farber, director of Operations John Selters and Keith Griffiths, editor in chief of Best Practices in Emergency Services report on the 2012-2013 Influenza season thus far and discuss how the RIN can help your agency.Read the articleCenter for Disease Control Issues Health Advisory for Coronavirus
On March 8, 2013 The Center for Disease Prevention issued a Health Alert outlining guidelines for evaluation of severe respiratory illness associated with a novel Coronavirus. For more information, read the CDC’s March 7, 2013 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Read the article

HAN Coronavirus cases linked to Saudi Arabia. Pam Farber, RN, EMT-P, FirstWatch clinical advisor summarizes the development of the this new influenza strain.
Swift, High-Tech Response Keep EMS on Top of H1N1 Flu Outbreak
(Best Practices in Emergency Services, June 2009)
Pandemic Flu and 9-1-1 (Emergency Number Professional Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008)
As a vital link to the public, and to the local public safety entities, 9-1-1 centers will play a central role in any local or regional pandemic flu strategy.
Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: Recommendations for Protocol Development for 9-1-1 Personal and Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) (U.S. Department of Transportation, May 2007)
A national strategy for a Pandemic Influenza implementation plan.

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Multiple Surveillance Systems Track an Active Flu Season
In a Webinar put on by the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), Scott Epperson of the Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team, Epidemology and Prevention Brach of the Influenza Division, outlines the 2012-2013 Influenza Season See the presentation.Intense Flu Season
Influenza activity is at high levels with a seasonal peak still to come according to the Center for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada in the 2013 Jan/Feb issue of The Journal of Emergency Dispatch.

Saturday Special: Trolling for the Pandemic (Winnipeg Free Press, October 2009)

TV Clips

FirstWatch Media Highlights
A compilation of local and national FirstWatch TV clips, including Diane Sawyer’s interview with Frank Gresh, Communications Center Manager at EMSA (Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK), during early onset of the 2003 Flu Outbreak.