Bioterrorism: A Guide for Hospital Preparedness

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Provides guidelines and planning exercises for providers, hospitals, and planners working in collaboration in the event of a terrorist attack Presents diagnosis, treatment, and prevention guidelines (algorithms) for reporting to public health authorities Includes a thorough analysis of anthrax attacks and their aftermath This comprehensive book reviews all facets of the bioterrorism dilemma. It provides information on all aspects of dealing with bioterrorism for health providers including the likeliest biological agents to be used, means of determining that an attack is taking place, diagnosis and management of specific diseases, and mechanisms of reporting to public health authorities. Cooperative planning for private practitioners, protection of hospital and office staff and other patients in the event of an attack, and answering questions posed by the public and the media are also reviewed. In addition, Bioterrorism discusses new technologies emerging for the detection and management of bioterroist attacks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849316609
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I: The Scope of the Problem for Hospitals
The Historical and Political Context of Bioterrorism Concerns About Bioterrorism
The Public Health System's State of Readiness

Section II: Improving Hospital Readiness and Response
Hospital Preparations and Needs
Targeting Staff Education
Psychological Factors in Dealing with Patients and the Public
Managing Stress on Hospital Staff
Communicating Through the Media
Frequently-Asked Questions About Bioterrorism

Section III: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Likely Biological Agents
Likely Agents of Bioterrorism
Diagnosis and Management of Agents of Bioterrorism
Meeting the Unique Needs of Children
The Role of Clinicians in Private Practice or Clinic Settings in Responding to a Biological Attack
Internet Sources of Information

Section IV: Tabletop Exercises
Hemorrhagic Fever

Section V: Appendix
Drug and Vaccine Compendium
Smallpox Vaccination
National Readiness Exercises

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