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Hospital Preparation for Bioterror - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120884407, 9780080465685

Hospital Preparation for Bioterror

1st Edition

A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach

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Author: Joseph McIsaac
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884407
eBook ISBN: 9780080465685
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th October 2006
Page Count: 464
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Table of Contents

Preface: Joseph H. McIsaac, III Chapter 1: Recurring Pitfalls in Hospital Preparedness and Response - Jeffrey N. Rubin Chapter 2: The History and Threat of Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism - Zygmunt F. Dembek Chapter 3: Hospital Syndromic Surveillance - Kathy J. Hurt-Mullen, Howard Burkom, Joe Lombardo, Sheryl Happel Lewis, Nicola Marsden-Haug, Julie Pavlin Chapter 4: Biological Agents, Effects, Treatment, Differential Diagnosis - Zygmunt F. Dembek and Theodore J. Cieslak Chapter 5: Medical Considerations for Radiological Terrorism - James Winkley and Paul D. Mongan Chapter 6: Nerve and Chemical Agents - Paul D. Mongan and James Winkley Chapter 7: Decontamination and Personal Protection - Joseph H. McIsaac, III Chapter 8: EMS Preparation for Terrorist Events - Michael Zacchera, III Chapter 9: Emergency Department Preparation - Michael Zacchera, III and Michael F. Zanker Chapter 10: Pediatrics: Special Considerations for Children - James F. Wiley, II Chapter 11: The Role of Psychiatry and Social Services in the Hospital Response to Bioterrorism - Julian D. Ford Chapter 12: Bioterrorism and Obstetrics: The Exposed Pregnant Patient - Renee A. Bobrowski, John F. Greene, Jr and Joel Sorosky Chapter 13: Operating Room Preparation for Mass Casualties - Joseph H. McIsaac, III Chapter 14: Bioterrorism and Implications for Nurses and Nursing - Jacquelyn McQuay Chapter 15: The Role of Pharmacy in Emergency Preparedness - Robert Guynn Chapter 16: The Clinical Engineering Department Role in Emergency Preparedness - Duane Marriotti Chapter 17: Amateur Radio Support for Hospitals - Marina Zuetell Chapter 18: Hospital Power: Critical Care - James F. Newton Chapter 19: Electromagnetic Interference - Joseph H. McIsaac, III Chapter 20: Chapter for Simulation for Bioterrorism - Thomas C. Mort and Stephen Donahue Chapter 21: Simulation II: Preparing for Biodisasters - Richard R. Kyle Chapter 22: Hospital Large-Scale Drills - Garrett Havican Chapter 23: Response to SARS as a prototype for bioterrorism: Lessons in a Regional Hospital in Hong Kong - Arthur Chun-Wing Lau, Ida Kam-Siu Yip, Man-Ching Li, Mary Wan, Alfred Wing-Hang Sit, Rodney Allan Lee, Raymond Wai-Hung Yung and Loretta Yin-Chun Yam Appendix A: Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery Checklist Beyond the Emergency Management Plan Appendix B: Model Hospital Mutual Aid Memorandum of Understanding Appendix C: Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks Appendix D: Develop a Mitigation Plan (FEMA) Appendix E: Medical Examiner/Coroner Guide for Mass Fatality Management of Chemically Contaminated Remains Appendix F: Systems and Communications Security During Recovery and Repair Appendix G: Altered Standards of Care in Mass-Casualty Events Appendix H: Surge Hospitals: Providing Safe Care in Emergencies Appendix I: Medical-Surgical Supply Formulary by Disaster Scenario Index


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.

Key Features

  • 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.


clinical engineers, scientists, researchers, administrators, physicians, nurses.


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About the Author

Joseph McIsaac

Affiliations and Expertise

Partner, Chief of Urologic Anesthesia, Hartford Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., Founder, CEO Director of Research and Development Mountain Laurel Biomedical, LLC, Hartford, CT, USA