Hospital Preparation for Bioterror

Hospital Preparation for Bioterror

A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach

1st Edition - October 9, 2006

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  • Author: Joseph McIsaac
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465685
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884407

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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.

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 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: October 9, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465685
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884407

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

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