Research and Markets: Hospital Planning For Terrorist Disasters: A Community-Wide Program

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets( has announced the addition of the "Hospital Planning For Terrorist Disasters: A Community-Wide Program" book to their offering.

Terrorist attacks may be less likely to occur than other types of disasters, but they can have far greater impacts on hospital operations. Historically, hospital emergency preparedness programs have not included provisions for terrorism events. September 11, 2001 was the catalyst that convinced many emergency management officials of the need for such plans.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began focusing intensely on emergency operations systems for public health facilities after the anthrax bioterrorism attacks in late September 2001. Despite the limited number of direct victims (22 people) in that attack, the public health effects were widespread, with large numbers of people receiving antibiotic prophylaxis. Psychological effects were also felt across the nation.

In order to develop a robust and effective emergency preparedness plan, hospital leaders should build on previous experiences with disaster management, especially with respect to human behavior, as well as on published research. This article is intended to complement resources such as the US Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Emergency Response Guide and assist hospital planners in preparing for terrorism events and other disasters.

In Hospital Planning For Terrorist Disasters: A Community-Wide Approach, expert authors discuss information to assist emergency physicians and hospital leaders in preparing for terrorism events and other disasters.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Introduction
  • The Four Phases of Comprehensive Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Incident Command System
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Disaster Triage
  • Cadaver Identification and Disposal
  • Victims
  • Hospitals
  • Staff
  • Security
  • Facility Evacuation and Alternate Care Sites
  • Community-Wide Planning
  • Disease Control
  • Communications
  • Media
  • Credentialing Health Care Staff
  • Non-Medical Volunteers and Donations
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Decontamination
  • Surge Capacity
  • Conclusions
  • References

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