Hospital Preparation for Bioterror: A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach

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Hospital Preparation for Bioterror provides an extremely timely guide to improving the readiness of hospitals or healthcare organizations to manage mass casualties as a result of bioterrorism, biological warfare, and natural disasters. Contributions from leading law enforcement agencies, hospital administrators, clinical engineers, surgeons and terror-prevention professionals provide the most comprehensive, well-rounded source for this valuable information. Chapters on logistics and protecting the infrastructure help personnel distinguish the specific risks and vulnerabilities of each unique institution and assists in identifying specific solutions for disaster and bioterrorism preparedness.

·Principles and techniques discussed are applicable to all disasters, both large and small, not just bioterrorism
·Technical aspects such as hospital power and telecommunications are covered, in addition to patient care, response to mass casualties, large-scale drills, and surge capacity.
·Organized along functional lines, patient flow, medical specialty, and infrastructure
·A complimentary website with supplementary materials, check-lists, and references enhances the text and provides additional resources for preparedness.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is an overview of issues surrounding hospital preparation for mass casualty events, particularly those associated with biological weapons.
Purpose: Using biological weapons of terrorism as an example, principles of preparation for mass casualty situations are reviewed.
Audience: Emergency medicine physicians, administrators, and leadership of safety net hospitals are an appropriate audience for this work produced by an international group originating from the United States and China.
Features: After an excellent overview of common hospital failings in mass casualty drills and emergencies, the book reviews the history of biological weapons with components of EMS and hospital response. Emphasis is placed on prehospital, emergency department, operating room, and simulation techniques to prepare a core strategy. A detailed review of the SARS experience in Hong Kong provides an example of hospital preparedness challenges associated with a highly contagious, yet sometimes ill-defined infectious threat. The nine appendixes provide sample emergency plans, an overview of standards of care, and experiences in development of surge hospital capacity. Chapters are clearly written and tables, black-and-white line drawings, and black-and-white photographs are occasionally used. The illustrations are of good pedagogic and adequate reproduction quality. Chapters include a reference list combining websites and government agency documents with original and secondary medical literature. References date to within two to three years of publication. The table of contents lists chapter title and authorship while a concluding subject index of eight pages provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This is an excellent introduction to the nontraditional thought process required to prepare for biologic mass casualty incidents. A strong emergency medicine perspective is used. Additional detail regarding reconfiguration of other hospital resources, particularly critical care, would be helpful. By blending a balance of experienced providers and scholars, the book provides an effective introduction to an important topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120884407
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/13/2006
  • Series: Biomedical Engineering Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The Threat of Bioterrorism; Overview of NBC Weapons and Their Effects; Decontamination & Personal Protection; Governmental Response; Pre-hospital Response; Emergency Department; Infectious Disease & Internal Medicine; Surgical & Critical Care Response; Specialty Response; Nursing; Psychiatry & Social Service; Hospital Administration; Logistical Support; Security; Clinical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering; Facilities Management; Communications; Information Services; Biomaterials & Bioengineering Research and Development; Simulation & Training

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