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      Emergency department preparedness for the evaluation and treatment of victims of biological or chemical terrorist attack

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      The Journal of Emergency Medicine

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          This study evaluated the preparedness of Emergency Departments (EDs) in the greater Philadelphia area to evaluate and treat victims of a terrorist biological or chemical agent release. All hospitals with EDs in the survey target area were included. A survey instrument consisting of 38 questions was mailed to the physician director of each ED. Fifty-four of 62 directors returned usable surveys. This represented an overall response rate of 88.5%. Deficiencies in preparedness were identified involving physician training and education, antidote stocking, written policies, interagency agreements, and decontamination facilities. The overall level of preparedness for hospital EDs responding to this survey was low based on a set of predetermined, implicit criteria. Comprehensive plans should be developed and implemented to remedy the identified deficiencies.

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          Journal
          The Journal of Emergency Medicine
          The Journal of Emergency Medicine
          Elsevier BV
          07364679
          April 2002
          April 2002
          : 22
          : 3
          : 273-278
          Article
          10.1016/S0736-4679(02)00427-4
          11932091
          © 2002

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