CDC survey focuses on hospital preparedness and response to terrorist event
| 12.12.2006 | 06:29:14 | Views: 2113 | ID:
December 12: A survey sponsored and conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 88 percent of all accredited hospitals in the US have put into place training measures designed to help hospital nurses respond to terrorist-related conditions.
Many hospitals began to implement the response training methods after the attacks on September 11.The CDC survey and its report were to provide a "baseline" assessment of the current state of hospital response in the event of a terrorist attack - be it chemical, nuclear, radiological or biological. The study was also intended to "identify characteristics associated with providing training." Variances were found: in some cases, depending on the type of accreditation more staff would be trained to respond to terrorist events. Other factors found included a difference in training based on geographical location - urban hospitals tended to focus more on radiological conditions than did their rural counterparts. Additionally, more than seventy-five percent of all hospitals surveyed "had trained their key personnel in implementation of the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System or a similar program."
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