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Archive for the ‘Bioterrorism’ Category

Smallpox Vaccine

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I had my flu shot this morning, which, for some reason, made me think of the smallpox vaccine. According to the CDC, the United States has a big enough stockpile of the smallpox vaccine for everyone in the United States. For a nice overview of the smallpox vaccine, which includes a section on possible side effects, please click on the following site.

Wake-up Call!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Check this out!  Did we think that our procedures are fine for shelter-in-place?  Take a look at this document from the “Redefining Readiness” work group, authored by some very well-spoken people from the New York Academy of Medicine.  Having any procedure is better than none, I suppose, but the questions raised by this document are as good as “lessons learned” before the event happens!  Back to the drawing board we go!

Continuous Cycle of Preparedness

Friday, May 4th, 2007

 Below is an excerpt from Disaster Planning Drills and Readiness Assessment presenting a continuous cycle of disaster preparedness.  The emphasis of the entire brief is on bioterrorism planning for hospitals.

The Continuous Cycle of Disaster Preparedness

  • Assemble an interdisciplinary team of key stakeholders for disaster planning.
  • Review current resources, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Develop a detailed, written disaster response plan.
  • Disseminate and practice the plan through education and drills.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of knowledge, skills, and resources.
  • Revise the plan based on objective data and lessons learned.
  • Modify education and training as needed to target areas of weakness.
  • Continuously repeat these steps.

Surge Capacity

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

The CDC has released a publication titled, In a Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings.  The 57-page document contains a lot of good information and proposed solutions for handling a patient surge following a terrorist bombing.