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  • Priority areas | HSC Public Health Agency
    to jointly lead the coordination of the HSC response when an incident or emergency involves more than one Trust but does not require cross department or cross government coordination The PHA HSCB BSO joint response emergency plan sets out the main arrangements for this joint response thereby ensuring that the response of the three regional HSC organisations is coordinated and effectively managed Incident and consultation response Members of the EmpEnh team have responded to a number of incidents in the past 12 months These have included carbon monoxide poisoning an unused tyre fire with a toxic plume a severe weather event with heavy snow subzero temperatures and water supply shortages and chlorine gas at a swimming pool Throughout each of these unfolding incidents PHA staff worked with multi agency partners to coordinate a community wide response Our partners included the Police Service of Northern Ireland PSNI Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service NIFRS Northern Ireland Ambulance Service NIAS local councils Health and Safety Executive HSE Northern Ireland Environment Agency NIEA Northern Ireland Water NIW Northern Ireland Housing Executive NIHE The team also leads the statutory response on behalf of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control IPPC applications in respect of new and existing facilities which could have an impact on the health of the community It is also consulted in respect of planning applications which could have a potential adverse health impact Training The PHA has responsibility DHSSPS Policy Circular HSC PHD Communication 2 2010 to work within the resources available to facilitate training of and emergency preparedness exercises for relevant staff across the HSC system and the DHSSPS including promotion of training initiatives As such in 2011 the agency embarked on an initial training programme within the three regional organisations Further joint training is planned with Trusts and DHSSPS

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/priority-areas (2016-02-11)
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  • Local incidents | HSC Public Health Agency
    collapse and loss of consciousness to more serious conditions such as nerve damage memory loss and personality change The PHA has responded to a number of incidents recently in relation to CO poisoning and issued several media statements A letter was also sent to acute hospitals and primary care from the CMO HSS MD 45 2010 in December 2010 urging HSC staff to remain vigilant to ensure recognition and prevention of further CO poisonings The letter contains useful information about the risks of CO poisoning how to avoid them and how to recognise those affected The PHA in conjunction with the HPA in England also adapted a HPA algorithm for HSC professionals on how to diagnose and manage cases of CO poisoning In November 2010 there was PHA input to the Health Safety Executive s advertising campaign Watch Out Carbon Monoxide Kills Severe weather The winter of 2010 saw the longest spell of snow and subzero temperatures in Northern Ireland for many years Staff within the PHA responded to the unfolding rising tide emergency with HSCB Trust and DHSSPS colleagues to mitigate any risks to the health and wellbeing of the public Daily conference calls were held with the Trusts primary care and multi agency partners Specialist health protection advice was issued to the public throughout the incident Reduce the risk of harm in the cold weather Look after yourself this winter Advice to the public during the current water shortage Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Priority areas Local incidents International incidents Key links Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Zoonoses Site

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/local-incidents (2016-02-11)
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  • International incidents | HSC Public Health Agency
    ashore they can penetrate deep and destroy whatever is in their path Indications suggest that the majority of the deaths have been the result of the tsunami and not the earthquake itself which reflects the damage mitigation efforts in building codes The earthquake caused damage to reactors at two nuclear power plants at the Fukushima nuclear facility Although initially the damage did not appear to suggest a radioactive release scientists encountered difficulties in bringing the system back into a controlled state quickly and national and international monitoring of the situation intensified Health Protection Agency The organisation leading the international response to the events at the Japanese nuclear power plant is the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA The Health Protection Agency HPA has a wide range of public health expertise on the effects of radiation chemicals and environmental hazards The agency is advising that on the basis of current information UK citizens outside the exclusion zone will not have been exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation They are also advising that any radiation that could potentially reach the United Kingdom would be miniscule and no threat to people s health Further advice and information on the radiation incident is available on the HPA website There will be a significant long term burden of post traumatic stress disorder from this event and mechanisms need to be developed to help survivors and responders This is a generally undiagnosed epidemic in the aftermath of large events and it needs to be confronted much more explicitly and systematically Like many countries that experience disasters of such magnitude the recovery for Japan will be very long and painful Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/international-incidents (2016-02-11)
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  • Key links | HSC Public Health Agency
    coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Priority areas Local incidents International incidents Key links Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/key-links (2016-02-11)
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  • Gastrointestinal infections
    industry in Northern Ireland This document sets out the roles and responsibilities of those organizations involved in the provision and safety of drinking water It describes the arrangements and protocols in place to monitor compliance with standards and response to emergency or incident situations It also contains reporting templates to be used by Northern Ireland Water NIW and Environmental Health Departments Drinking water and health a guide for public and environmental health professionals and for those in the water industry in Northern Ireland This document sets out the roles and responsibilities of those organizations involved in the provision and safety of drinking water It describes the arrangements and protocols in place to monitor compliance with standards and response to emergency or incident situations It also contains reporting templates to be used by Northern Ireland Water NIW and Environmental Health Departments The guidelines are hosted on the NIW website 1 Key areas of ongoing work Development of regional outbreak plan Review and updating of protocols Continuous monitoring of gastro intestinal diseases Audit of port health issues Courses conferences Nil Key links https www gov uk government organisations public health england 2 Investigation Questionnaires The following questionnaires should be used with effect from 1 January 2012 These supersede all previous versions Food poisoning Investigation Form version 3 Food Poisoning Investigation Form Version 3 pdf 3 Escherichia coli Investigation Form version 2 2 Surveillance of Escherichia Coli O157 infection Version 3 pdf 4 Patient Factsheets Campylobacter factsheet pdf 5 Ecoli factsheet pdf 6 Giardiasis factsheet pdf 7 Food poisoning factsheet pdf 8 Salmonella factsheet pdf 9 Cryptosporidium factsheet pdf 10 Collecting a stool factsheet pdf 11 Publications Gastrointestinal Infections Annual Surveillance Report 2013 12 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the Public Health Agency Source URL http www publichealthagency org directorate

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/259 (2016-02-11)
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  • Holiday travel advice
    or drug treatment and patients affected are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids The infection is spread by the mosquito and not from human to human A Q A on the Zika virus can be found here 1 on the NHS Choices website 1 Zika virus transmission occurs in many countries a map showing areas with past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission is available here 2 A possible link to exposure to the Zika virus during pregnancy and microcephaly a birth defect where a baby s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age and other congenital malformations has been identified All travellers to the affected countries should ensure they seek travel health advice from their GP or a travel clinic well in advance of their trip and consult the National Travel Health Network and Centre NaTHNaC website 3 for up to date information on current outbreaks and country information If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should consider avoiding travel to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are currently reported For further information please click here 4 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2270 (2016-02-11)
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  • C. difficile and S. aureus quarterly reports | HSC Public Health Agency
    been saved as 100 The text size have been saved as 100 Tuesday 19 November 2013 Health Protection Click here to see the report Details Format C Dif A4 19pp PDF S aureus 17pp PDF A4 Target group Health professionals Print Facebook Twitter Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/publications/c-difficile-and-s-aureus-quarterly-reports (2016-02-11)
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  • Healthcare Associated Infections | HSC Public Health Agency
    C difficile Surveillance Report quarter ending March 2012 C difficile Surveillance Report quarter ending December 2011 C difficile Surveillance Report quarter ending September 2011 pdf C difficle Surveillance Report quarter ending June 2011 pdf C difficile Surveillance Report quarter ending March 2011 930KB pdf CDI Report Oct Dec 2010 2 pdf Staphylococcus aureus S aureus bacteraemia surveillance quart July September 2015 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter April June 2015 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter January March 2015 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter Oct Dec 2014 pdf S aureus sureveillance report quarter July Sept 2014 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter April June 2014 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter January March 2014 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter ending October to December 2013 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter ending 1st July 2013 to 30th September 2013 pdf S aureus surveillance report quarter ending 1 April 2013 to 30 June 2013 S aureus Surveillance Report Quarter Ending 31st March 2013 pdf pdf S aureus Surveillance Report Quarter Ending 31st December 2012 pdf S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending 30 September 2012 pdf pdf S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending 30 June 2012 pdf S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending March 2012 S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending December 2011 S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending September 2011 pdf S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending June 2011 pdf S aureus Surveillance Report quarter ending March 2011 999KB pdf Surgical site infection Cumulative incidence of SSI within 30 days after Caesarean section Reporting Year 2009 post discharge excluded Cumulative incidence of SSI within 30 days after hip prosthesis Reporting Year 2009 post discharge excluded Cumulative incidence of SSI within 30 days after knee prosthesis Reporting Year 2009 post discharge excluded HPA data Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/healthcare-associated-infections (2016-02-11)
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