First Responders Train for Chemical Accidents on Railways

first_imgColumbus firefighter Travis Brown said the classes were good to keep old training from getting rusty. Firefighters and other students huddled around an expert offering lessons on protective gear. Down a few cars was a demonstration tank used to teach first responders how to identify when a tank is carrying dangerous substances. More than 140 people attended the training, held at Norfolk Southern’s downtown railyard in Columbus. Agencies from Columbus, Phenix City, Russell County and even Macon were represented. Chief Jeff Meyer of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services said much of what was being taught at the event was a refresher, and that it would enhance the training that his staff already gets. Between 30 and 35 Columbus fire and EMS personnel attended. Police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials from all over the region went to school Friday to learn how to deal with railway accidents involving hazardous chemicals. In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies. The event was organized by Norfolk Southern. “We want to be prepared in the event that something does happen,” he said. Columbus was the last stop on the train’s 350-mile journey, which began four days earlier in Hattiesburg, Miss.center_img “It’ll help,” he said. Sgt. Joe Gary of the Phenix City Police Department said the classes would make it easier to recognize tanks carrying hazardous material. Nonetheless, he said, practice makes perfect. “In the event there is a hazardous material spill, this kind of training is going to allow emergency responders to have the skills to respond more quickly and to protect their community,” said Susan Terpay of Norfolk Southern. Depending on the magnitude of an accident, Columbus might call on other communities for help, Meyer said, but his department would be effective in its response to a hazardous-material emergency. Contact Brian McDearmon at 706-571-8543last_img read more

ASP Scan (Weekly) for May 29, 2020

first_imgOur weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansCanadian data show rise in MRSA, VRE blood infectionsData collected from Canadian acute care hospitals show significant increases in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) bloodstream infections (BSIs) in recent years, according to a study in the Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR).The data, collected from 70 Canadian sentinel hospitals from 2014 through 2018 through the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program, show a 59.1% increase in MRSA BSIs (0.66 to 1.05 infections per 10,000 patient-days) and a 143% increase in VRE BSIs (0.14 to 0.34 infections per 10,000 patient-days).But Clostridioides difficile infections decreased by 12.5% (from 6.16 to 5.35 infections per 10,000 patient-days). Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection rates remained low and stable (0.04 infections per 10,000 patient-days), while colonization rates increased by 375% (from 0.04 to 0.19 per 10,000 patient-days).The authors of the study said the increases in MRSA and VRE BSIs are concerning because of the increased mortality associated with these infections.”These findings indicate a need for continued vigilance to prevent morbidity and mortality attributable to HAIs [healthcare-associated infections) and AROs [antimicrobial resistant organisms] in the inpatient population,” they wrote.May 28 CCDR study CARB-X to fund antibiotic for cystic fibrosis-related lung infectionsOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 28CARB-X today announced an award of up to $6.1 million to support the preclinical development of an inhaled antibiotic to treat cystic fibrosis (CF)-related pulmonary infectionsThe funding will help Microbion Corporation of Bozeman, Montana, develop pravibismane, a novel anti-infective that has shown potent activity in laboratory tests against antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the biofilms produced by these pathogens. People with CF are susceptible to chronic bacterial infections caused in part by thick mucus in their lungs that traps bacteria pathogens, which in turn develop protective layers of biofilm that make treatment difficult.Microbion could receive an additional $5.4 million from CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator) if certain project milestones are met. The company also received $5.6 million from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”Beyond their investment, these organizations’ expertise in antibiotic-resistant infections, particularly those associated with CF, will prove valuable to advancing our technology as part of a much-needed solution to address the chronic and intractable infections that are a hallmark of CF,” Microbion Chairman Karim Lalji said in a CARB-X press release.May 28 CARB-X press release Study: Antibiotic use rising in Australian nursing homesOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 28A nationwide study of antibiotic prescribing in Australian nursing homes found marked increases in use and consumption between 2005 and 2016, researchers reported yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Their analysis, which included 502,752 residents and 3,218 nursing homes, covered 424.9 million resident days. Antibiotics were prescribed 5,608,126 million times over the 10-year study period, 88% of them for oral use. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics were cefalexin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, and trimethoprim.Annual prevalence rose from 63.8% to 70.3%, with a 39% relative increase in total consumption of systemic antibiotics. Over the study period, use increased from 67.6 to 93.8 defined daily doses (DDDs) per 1,000 resident days, with an average annual increase of 2.8 DDDs per 1,000 resident days.The group said the increasingly widespread use of antibiotics in Australian nursing homes is concerning and underscores the need for stronger stewardship efforts in those settings.May 27 Clin Infect Dis abstract Review supports WHO guidance against post-surgery antibioticsOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 27A review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has found no conclusive evidence that post-operative antibiotic prophylaxis reduces incidence of surgical-site infections, a finding that supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recommendation for discontinuation of the practice, researchers reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.The aim of the review, which was conducted by Dutch, Swiss, and US researchers, was to update and reassess the evidence upon which the WHO’s 2016 recommendation was based. The WHO’s Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, put together by a panel of 20 experts in infection control, recommended that prophylactic antibiotics be administered 2 hours before incision or during the surgery to prevent infections, but not after, based on a lack of evidence that post-surgery antibiotics reduce infections. Despite this advice, the practice remains common worldwide, with antibiotics frequently continued for days after surgery.The reviewers identified 83 relevant RCTs, with 52 (involving 19,273 participants) comparing post-operative continuation of antibiotics for 1 to 5 days with immediate discontinuation. The initial meta-analysis of those 52 RCTs showed an indication of a benefit of post-operative continuation of antibiotics in preventing surgical-site infection (relative risk [RR], 0.89; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.79 to 1.00).But further analysis showed that compliance with best practice standards for surgical antibiotic prophylaxis, such as timely administration of the first dose, modified the results. In the 27 trials that were not compliant with best-practice standards, continuation of antibiotic prophylaxis after surgery was associated with a reduction in surgical-site infections compared with immediate discontinuation (RR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.67 to 0.94). But in the 24 studies that did meet best practice standards, no benefit was found (RR, 1.04; 95% CI, 0.85 to 1.27).The meta-analysis also found that, when costs and adverse events were reported, post-operative continuation of antibiotics appeared to increase costs and lead to more adverse events.”Our findings support WHO recommendations against the practice of continuing surgical antibiotic prophylaxis postoperatively,” the authors concluded. “Considering the associated adverse effects—in particular, antimicrobial resistance—this prevalent practice has no basis.”May 26 Lancet Infect Dis abstract British report highlights high antibiotic use in US livestock, trade concernsOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 27A new report shows antibiotic use in food-producing animals is much higher in the United States than the United Kingdom, and warns that a potential US trade deal with Britain risks reversing the progress that British farmers have made in reducing antibiotic use in livestock.Using data from the US Food and Drug Administration, the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and the European Medicines Authority, the UK-based Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics compared US and UK antibiotic use by farm-animal species and found that total antibiotic use in US farm animals is more than five times higher than in UK farm animals, with US cattle receiving eight to nine times as many antibiotics as UK cattle. The comparison takes into account the size of the different livestock populations.The comparison was made to highlight how the United Kingdom’s pending exit from the European Union could threaten food safety and animal welfare standards. With the government planning to cut tariffs on importation of meat from countries with which it does not currently have a free trade deal, that could mean a significant increase in meat and dairy imports from the United States, which has less restrictive policies on the use of antibiotics and growth promoters in animals than the UK or the EU. Most imported meat in Britain currently comes from the EU.”US farmers continue to massively overuse antibiotics despite increasing warnings about the threat this poses to human health,” Alliance scientific advisor Cóilín Nunan said in a press release. “British consumers should be concerned if a UK-US trade deal results in increasing imports of US meat and dairy produced in this way, as we know that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can pass to humans through the food chain.”According to the report, US livestock industry representatives and lobbyists have insisted that in any trade deal, UK farmers should adopt US standards. Among the many concerns expressed is that the US government is opposed to banning the use of antibiotics to prevent disease in livestock, as has been recommended by the WHO. An EU ban on preventive antibiotic treatment will go into effect in 2022The report notes that British farmers cut their antibiotic use by 50% from 2014 through 2018, while antibiotic use on US farms increased by 9% in 2018 after several years of decline.  May 27 Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics report May 27 Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics press release Study: Conventional, organic dairy farmers differ on antibiotic use, resistanceOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 27A study exploring perceptions about antibiotic use and resistance in dairy farming suggests conventional and organic farmers have differing views that align with their respective business practices, researchers from Cornell University report today in PLOS One.For the study, the researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with farmers representing 20 dairy farms in New York state—15 conventional and 5 US Department of Agriculture–certified organic farmers—and used thematic analysis to compare and contrast the farmers’ characterization of their beliefs, values, and concerns. Among the themes they found was that, for conventional farmers, concerns about antibiotic use and resistance mainly related to the near-term impact on their livestock should antibiotics lose their efficacy, rather than the potential impact on human health. Conventional farmers also believed their antibiotic use was judicious, even if it didn’t always fit the definition of judicious use, and felt that further regulation on antibiotic use could threaten their cattle’s health.In contrast, organic dairy farmers expressed more concern about antibiotic resistance, frequently framed it as a public health issue, and exhibited a more detailed understanding of judicious antibiotic use. Both groups had similar doubts about shared concerns about the impact of marketing and consumer perceptions on dairy, and emphasized herd health management as an effective preventive tool that could limit the need to antibiotics.The authors of the study say the findings provide some targets for additional research and educational interventions.”Given farmers’ interest in disease prevention, they would likely be amenable to interventions focused on improving the efficiency and financial viability of their operation through improved herd health practices, including optimal antibiotic use/best practices,” they write. “Such interventions would likely be best delivered by a veterinarian given farmers’ trust of them.”May 27 PLOS One study  French study finds high antibiotic use for viral respiratory infections in kidsOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 26An assessment of community antibiotic prescribing in French children found high rates of prescribing for viral respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and broad-spectrum antibiotic use, particularly among clinicians 50 years and older, French researchers reported yesterday in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.The analysis looked at 221,768 pediatric visits in a national sample of 680 French general practitioners (GPs) and 70 community pediatricians from March 2015 to February 2017. The researchers calculated antibiotic prescription rates per 100 visits separately for GP and pediatricians, and assessed broad-spectrum antibiotic use and duration of treatment for RTIs. The results showed that, overall, GPs prescribed more antibiotics than pediatricians, with a prescription rate of 26.1 per 100 visits (95% CI, 25.9 to 26.3) versus 21.6 for pediatricians (95% CI, 21 to 22).RTIs accounted for more than 80% of antibiotic prescriptions, with presumed viral RTIs being responsible for 40.8% and 23.6% of all antibiotic prescriptions by GPs and pediatricians, respectively. For RTIs, GPs prescribed more broad-spectrum antibiotics than pediatricians (49.8% vs 35.6%), while antibiotic course duration was similar. After adjustment for diagnosis, antibiotic prescribing rates were not associated with season and patient age, but were significantly higher among GPs over 50.”We suggest that future antibiotic stewardship campaigns should emphasize: zero antibiotic prescribing for presumed viral RTIs (notably bronchitis, common cold and cough), further reducing broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing and more effective communication towards GPs, especially those older than 50 years of age,” the authors wrote. May 25 J Antimicrob Chemother abstract Higher antibiotic prescribing found in more deprived areas of WalesOriginally published by CIDRAP News May 26In another study yesterday in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, researchers in Wales reported that antibiotic prescribing is higher among GP practices in poorer parts of the country.Analyzing data on nearly 3 million patients from 339 GP practices, researchers from Cardiff University found that approximately 9 million oral antibiotics were prescribed from 2013 through 2017. Antibiotic prescribing rates per person varied by levels of socioeconomic status (SES), with the rate in the most deprived areas of the country being 26% higher than in the least deprived. The association between deprivation and antibiotic prescribing persisted after controlling for demographic variables, smoking, chronic conditions, and clustering by GP practice and GP cluster. Those living in areas in the most deprived quintile in Wales received 18% more antibiotic prescriptions (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 1.18; 95% CI, 1.18 to 1.19) than those with similar demographics, chronic conditions and smoking status but living in areas in the least deprived quintile.The authors of the study say the higher prescribing rates seen in more deprived areas could be because people in lower SES groups consult healthcare providers more frequently and may consult more frequently for infections. In addition, prescribers could be more concerned about increased risk of complications in this group. They say the findings may be generalizable to other countries with similar settings and healthcare delivery systems.May 25 J Antimicrob Chemother abstractlast_img read more

Brandy Clark to release new album Your Life is a Record in March

first_imgBrandy Clark will release her new album Your Life is a Record on 6th March on Warner Records.The first single from the album is Who You Thought I Was, which is out now to stream and download. Take a listen to it below:Of the song, Clark shares, “The seed of the song came from something that John Prine said a couple of years ago at the Americana Awards. He walked out onstage at the Ryman and everyone stood up and clapped for what felt like five minutes. When everyone sat down, he said with a little laugh, ‘Well, I’m John Prine, but I’d like to go back to being who you thought I was.’ Man…that hit me. The songwriter in me instantly knew it was a song and the heart in me knew it was how I had felt in my own life many times. I mean who of us hasn’t let somebody down or wanted to be the version of ourselves that someone who loved us thought we were?”Your Life is a Record is produced by Jay Joyce and features 11 tracks. It was recorded largely as an intimate acoustic four-piece—featuring Clark, Joyce, Giles Reaves and Jedd Hughes—with subsequent Memphis strings and horns layered in with arrangements by Lester Snell.The album was inspired by the breakdown of a long-term relationship and features guest appearances from Randy Newman (Bigger Boat) and guitarist John Osborne (Bad Car).Clark will tour extensively throughout 2020 including a series of winter tour dates with Tanya Tucker on the CMT Next Women of Nashville Tour.The track list for Your Life is a Record is:1. I’ll Be the Sad Song2. Long Walk3. Love is a Fire4. Pawn Shop5. Who You Thought I Was6. Apologies7. Bigger Boat (feat. Randy Newman)8. Bad Car9. Who Broke Whose Heart10. Can We Be Strangers11. The Past is the PastBrandy will be on tour this year at the following dates:January 25 — Oslo, Norway—Interstate 20January 27 — Copenhagen, Denmark—Ideal Bar, Vega – Musikkens HusJanuary 29 — Amsterdam, Netherlands—ParadisoJanuary 31 — Gateshead, U.K.—The Sage Gateshead, Hall 1February 1 — Glasgow, U.K.—St. Luke’sFebruary 5 — Vienna, VA—The Barns at Wolf Trap*February 6 — Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live*February 7 — New York, NY —Town Hall*February 20 — Memphis, TN—Graceland Soundstage*February 21 — Springfield, MO—Gillioz Theatre*February 22 — Wichita, KS—Templelive WichitaFebruary 24 — Columbia, MO—The Blue NoteFebruary 25 — Lincoln, NE—Bourbon TheatreFebruary 27 — Sioux Fallas, ND—The DistrictFebruary 28 — Fargo, ND—Fargo TheatreFebruary 29 — Hinckley, MN—Grand Casino HinckleyMarch 28 — St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway†March 29 — Nashville, TN—3rd and Lindsley†March 31 — Houston, TX—White Oak†April 1 — Austin, TX—The Parish†April 7 — Los Angeles, CA—Lodge Room†April 8 — San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall†April 10 — Portland, OR—Alberta Rose Theatre†April 11 — Seattle, WA—Showbox Theatre†April 13 — Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room†April 14 — Denver, CO—Globe Hall†April 16 — Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room†April 17 — Minneapolis, MN—Fineline†April 18 — Des Moines, IA—Woolys†April 20 — Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark†April 21 — Cleveland, OH—Beachland†April 22 — Pittsburgh, PA—The Rex†April 24 — Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den†April 27 — Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall†May 1 — Alexandria, VA—Birchmere†May 2 — Charlotte, NC—McGlohon†May 4 — Atlanta, GA—Terminal West†May 5 — Birmingham, AL—Saturn†May 7 — Louisville, KY—Headliners†May 8 — Chicago, IL—The Space†May 9 — Indianapolis, IN—Vogue†May 11 — Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre†May 13 — Kansas City, MO—Saloon @ Knuckleheads†May 14 — Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theatre†*with Tanya Tucker as part of the CMT Next Women of Country Tour†“Who You Thought I Was Tour”BOLD on-sale Friday, January 17 at 10:00am local timelast_img read more

Timberlake’s ’20/20′ album sells 968K in 1st week

first_imgNEW YORK | Justin Timberlake’s comeback album has sold nearly 1 million units its first week out.Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday that the singer’s third album, “The 20/20 Experience,” has moved 968,000 units. It’s the 19th album in Nielsen’s 22-year history that has sold more than 900,000 albums in a single week.“20/20” is Timberlake’s third album and the follow-up to his multiplatinum, Grammy-winning 2006 album, “FutureSex/LoveSound.” The new CD features the pop hit “Suit & Tie.”“The numbers are pleasantly surprising,” said Tom Corson, the president and chief operating officer of RCA Records, which released Timberlake’s album.This Feb. 20, 2013 file photo shows Justin Timberlake during the BRIT Awards 2013 in London. Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday, March 26, 2013, that the singer’s third album, “The 20/20 Experience,” has moved 968,000 units. It’s the 19th album in Nielsen’s 12-year history that has sold more than 900,000 albums in a single week. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)The label had projected that “20/20” would sell 500,000 to 600,000 units, Corson said.Timberlake, 31, was strategic about promoting his comeback effort: He performed at the Grammy Awards, hosted and hit the stage at “Saturday Night Live” and spent an entire week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The singer also partnered with Target for the album’s deluxe edition and “20/20” streamed on iTunes a week before it was released.Timberlake came up with the idea of a weeklong stint himself, Fallon said.“I think he mentioned it to me like a year ago that he’s working on something and wanted to do a week on our show,” Fallon said Tuesday.“20/20” is an unconventional album that features a mesh of R&B, soul, pop and futuristic sounds. The 10 tracks average seven minutes each.Corson believes Timberlake’s key to promoting the album was “less is more.”“While it felt like he was everywhere, he didn’t do a lot of things because he didn’t have to. But he did big things,” he said.Fallon even joked that other celebrities are trying to follow in Timberlake’s footsteps with a weeklong stay on his show.“We’re getting a lot of phone calls now to do themed-weeks for people,” said Fallon, who added that the show’s writers and producers developed a load of material for “Timberweek.”“We have enough for another month,” he said. “We could have ‘Timbermonth.’ Trust me, NBC is already pitching it to me.”Of the 19 albums to sell more than 900,000 in a single week, Timberlake holds three slots. His albums with ‘N Sync, 2000’s “No Strings Attached” and 2001’s “Celebrity,” sold 2.4 million and 1.9 million in their first week, respectively. Backstreet Boys, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift have two albums each that have hit that level.The excitement over the new album has also boosted sales of Timberlake’s other solo albums, Nielsen Co. said. Last year, “FutureSex/LoveSound” and 2002’s “Justified” sold 39,000 and 21,000 copies each, but this year they’ve already sold 29,000 and 17,000, respectively.“As the marketing sort of picks up for the new record and the single goes to radio … you definitely start to see interest,” said David Bakula, Nielsen’s senior vice president of client development and analytics for entertainment.Bakula said ‘N Sync sales are up, too.Fallon said Timberlake worked tirelessly ahead of the five shows and he’s proud of his friend’s success.“Justin was here till 11 o’clock most nights choreographing dance moves so he nailed it the next night,” he said. “And he was sick at the time.”Corson said this week’s success could change the expectation of Timberlake’s follow-up to “20/20,” which will likely be released later this year.“It sure should,” he said with a laugh. “Part two is now even more anticipated.”Timberlake could even show up for a stint on Fallon again.“We are already talking about it,” Fallon said.___Online: Mesfin Fekadu at read more