Responding to Terrorism

1st Edition

A Medical Handbook

Authors: Ian Greaves Paul Hunt
Paperback ISBN: 9780080450438
eBook ISBN: 9780702043703
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 31st May 2011
Page Count: 436

Description

Mounting an effective response to a terrorist attack or, just as importantly, managing a possible terrorist incident, is the direct professional responsibility of community physicians, occupational health physicians, accident and emergency staff, general practitioners and doctors in the Armed Forces. This handbook offers such professionals a broad range of clinically relevant information in an immediately accessible format. It collects together data, which is not available in any one other volume, and presents it in a balanced and objective way, while putting the potential risks into perspective. Responding to Terrorism is also relevant to paramedics and nurses in a wide range of disciplines as well as to members of the emergency services.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Part 1 Terrorism in Perspective – don’t panic!
Terrorism today
Key events in terrorism (including significant anniversaries)
Key terrorist groups and affiliations
Personal safety
Personal protection
Quarantine
Roles and organisation of the antiterrorist agencies
UK
International
Service rank markings (UK)
Useful addresses and contact details
Legal aspects
New legislation
Recognising the suspicious person

Part 2 Responding to a terrorist incident
Reasons for declaring an incident
Initial actions checklist
Declaring a major incident
Organisation of an incident scene
Triage
Agency roles at an incident
Health Service
Fire
Police
Ambulance
Bomb disposal
Nuclear agencies
Medical response to an incident scene
Legal aspects
Forensic aspects
The scene
The patients
Dealing with the media
Debriefing

Part 3 Conventional terrorism
Types of terrorist weapon
Bombs (fire bombs, pipe bombs, suicide bombs etc)
Bullets (high energy, low energy, expanding)
Pathophysiology of wounding
Blast
Ballistics
Initial management
Safety
Resuscitation
Injury patterns in bombings
Primary blast
Fragmentation
Amputations / disruption
Burns
Crush
Psychological
Presentation, management, strategy.
Forensic management

Section 4 Bioterrorism
The nature of a suspected bioterrorist outbreak
How to suspect a deliberate release
Physical features of deliberate release
Diagnostic symptom complexes
What to do about it
Handling a “white powder” incident
Who to contact for further assistance
What to tell the public (before and after the release is confirmed)
Possible agents (presentation, incubation, management etc)
Anthrax
Smallpox
Plague
Botulinum
Tularaemia
Haemorrhagic fever viruses
Pre-exposure prophylaxis
Post-exposure

Details

No. of pages:
436
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Churchill Livingstone 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
eBook ISBN:
9780702043703
Paperback ISBN:
9780080450438

About the Author

Ian Greaves

Affiliations and Expertise

Defence Consultant Advisor in Emergency Medicine; Visiting Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Teesside; Consultant in Emergency Medicine, British Army, Middlesborough, UK

Paul Hunt

Affiliations and Expertise

MBBS, DipIMC(RCSEd), MCEM, MRCSEd, DMCC, RAMC