20. September - 22. September 2016 - Bristol, England

Priority Dispatch Corp UK - Ltd.Our vision for UK NAVIGATOR is to create an educational event relevant to all in emergency communications. Come learn and be inspired from some of the best in the industry. Mix and match tracks and sessions that fulfill your interests and developmental needs. Enjoy networking opportunities where you can connect with colleagues, make new friends, and share ideas and experiences. Our desire is that after this conference you will return to your own centres rejuvenated, with fresh strategies and newfound passion to continue your quest for excellence.

Scott Freitag - President, IAED

Please direct questions regarding registration to navigator@emergencydispatch.org or visit our contact us page.

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)

Updated: 18 June 2015

Ebola Virus AlertThis document outlines current facts and IAED recommendations regarding the recent MERS outbreak in Korea and China for AMPDS users in the United Kingdom

Background on the current MERS outbreak

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). MERS-CoV predominantly affects the respiratory system (lungs and breathing tubes).

As of 3 June 2015, 1179 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported to WHO since 2012. On the 20th of May, one case of MERS-CoV was reported from Republic of Korea. The cluster of (MERS-CoV) continues to evolve in South Korea, where 153 confirmed cases (one of these is the case confirmed in China) and 11 deaths have been reported as of 16 June 2015. This case had recently travelled to KSA, Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain. This is the largest outbreak of MERS-CoV outside the Middle East.

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EIDS (Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance) Tool in ProQA Paramount (v5.0/v5.1) and Legacy (v3.4) - Software and Cards Now Available

6 October 2014

We will be updating the EIDS Tool software to v5.0.0 the week of 10/20-10/25/2014

The IAEDís CBRN Fast Track Committee of the Council of Standards first issued dispatch-relevant information followed by an Ebola-based modification of the SRI Tool in ProQA on 8/8/14. Based on evolving information and input from CDC and WHO, the Academy has revised and re-issued the SRI/MERS/Ebola Surveillance protocol in software several times since then.

There are now available the two new, updated iterations of the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance Tool:

1) ProQA: Legacy v3.4, Paramount v5.0, and Paramount v5.1

ProQA users can download the latest software updates from the appropriate FTP or XLUpdate sites. Update information can be obtained by requesting access at http://www.prioritydispatch.net/support/form_ftp.php.

2) MPDS EIDS Tool manual pullout card for v12.1, v12.2, and v13.0

Manual Card users or non-MPDS Users can download a print-ready PDF from http://www.prioritydispatch.net/marketing_downloads now.

The manual protocol card exactly replicates the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (SRI/MERS/Ebola) Tool, a.k.a. the EIDS Tool. If used as a manual card in a MPDS protocol flip file, print pages 2-3 of the PDF document on thicker, double-sided paper and cut out OR print pages 2-3 on two separate sheets of regular A4 paper, cut to size, and glue together, back-to-back. The EIDS Tool card should then be inserted in between the Sick Person protocols in the regular cardset. The EIDS Tool manual protocol cardset can be used by any emergency communication centre regardless if the centre is an MPDS user or not. If your communication centre is not an MPDS user, simply print pages 2-3, cut, and glue the cards back-to-back as a set for use at each dispatcher’s workstation. Note: Non-MPDS users accept the Limited License Agreement when the EIDS Tool document is downloaded.

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EIDS (Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance) Tool in ProQA Paramount (v5.0/v5.1) and Legacy (v3.4)

6 October 2014

We will be updating the EIDS Tool software to v5.0.0 the week of 10/20-10/25/2014

There have been several questions asked about the use of the EIDS Tool (previously called the SRI Tool). The Tool contains a list of possible signs and symptoms that might be observed or known about a given "patient of interest". This list is extensive as ProQA is trying to capture information that might be useful for associated applications like FirstWatch™ to mine looking for emerging patient trends and patterns, or for notification of local health authorities and/or responder crews.

After this list are two different "Ask only if ..." sections that are conditional on the reason the Tool is being used, such as for people travelling from areas known to have active cases of the disease in question - such as those areas in West Africa: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Senegal.

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IAED Recommendations Regarding Ebola Virus Disease and Travelers Received from West Africa

18 October 2014

Ebola Virus AlertThe Centre for Disease Control (CDC) is currently working with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ministries of health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and other international organisations in response to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa.

On September 30, 2014 the first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in Dallas Texas from a patient travelling from West Africa. Subsequently on the 12th of October a healthcare worker at a Texas based hospital who provided care to the index patient has tested positive for EVD and another care worker who cared for the same index patient in Texas tested positive on 15th of October.

As of October 15, 2014, according to WHO, a total of 8,973 cases and 4,484 deaths (case fatality 50%-60%) had been reported across the affected countries. This is the largest outbreak of EVD ever documented.

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Determinant Codes vs Response Codes

18 August 2010

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ProQA and the Critical "Shift" Function

22 March 2010

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