Hospital Decontamination: Many Questions, But Few Answers

by Theodore Tully -

From "two-lane" decon lanes to high-tech detection equipment and personal protective gear, most U.S. hospitals are behind the curve in preparing to deal with mass-casualty decontamination incidents. What can be done about it?

Dead Reckoning: EMS, Death, and Resource Management

by James Mason -

The assumption that an accident victim who is not breathing is dead can be a fatal mistake - for the victim. Which is just one of many reasons why so many laws governing the handling of apparent deaths have been enacted by every state in the union.

CDC's Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program

by Ruth Marrero -

The innovative CEFO Program represents a new national resource that is already being used by 21 states to strengthen their own epidemiological preparedness capabilities, with other states sure to follow in the near future.

The Gap Analysis Tool: Building Blocks for Preparedness

by Kelly R. McKinney & Joseph Picciano -

Best-case estimates provide a shaky foundation for all-hazards disaster plans; worst-case estimates may cost more in the short term, therefore, but are a better working tool for post-incident response and recovery efforts.

Sorting It All Out: Triage, CERT, and EMS

by Joseph Cahill -

Community Emergency Response Team members are often the only medical "reserve" available to a community hit by a mass-casualty incident. But, like the medical professionals they are helping, they face some difficult questions impossible to answer.

Politics and Science: A Glowing Combination?

by Jerry Mothershead -

How does a democracy work? Not always quite the way it should, particularly when substantive evidence has been presented for only one side of an issue and the media compensates by giving more, and more favorable, publicity to the other side.

Military and Civilian Burn Management: Lessons Learned

by Christopher S. Holland -

The U.S. military and civilian medical communities mingle, mix, and learn from one another, particularly in the highly specialized, but extremely important, field of burn care.

Plan Nationally, Respond Locally

by Joseph Cahill -

Flexibility, common sense, and operational efficiency are the hallmarks of the new National Response Framework, which builds on the solid but sometimes too rigid foundation of its predecessor doctrine, the National Response Plan.

Developing Competency for Disaster Medical Response Situations

by Michael Allswede -

The treatment of victims of mass-casualty incidents is probably the greatest challenge facing the U.S. medical community - but, in most of the nation's medical schools, ranks lowest on the academic priority list.

Excellence in Education: Georgia's New CHEC Course

by Gina Piazza -

The duties & responsibilities of hospital emergency coordinators are extremely complex and specialized. A new course of studies sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources provides the framework needed for three levels of CHEC certification.