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.

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


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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