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Frontline Hospital Workers Learn Readiness Procedures for Treating Victims of Mass Casualty Incidents


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-- National Conference in Washington, D.C., Focuses on Hospital “First Receivers” -- the First to Treat Victims Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals, Diseases

WHO: Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering to help hospitals protect “First Receivers” in a post-hurricane and post-September 11 environment.

WHAT: At this national conference, hospital First Receivers -- the first medical staff to receive emergency victims of hazardous disasters -- will learn how to protect themselves from infectious disease and exposure to dangerous chemicals; how to protect their hospital environment; and how to strengthen emergency preparedness.


-- Dennis S. O’Leary, M.D., president, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

-- Jonathan L. Snare, acting assistant secretary of Labor, OSHA

-- Joseph Barbera, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University

-- Daniel M. Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP, Coordinating Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

-- David Ippolito, director of the Office of Science and Technological Assessment, OSHA

-- Bob Stephan, assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection, United States Department of Homeland Security

-- Craig Thorne, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM, medical director, Employee Health and Safety, University of Maryland Medical Center

WHY: When a hospital is faced with receiving victims from a mass casualty incident, its health care workers must defend from the risk of occupational exposures to a variety of materials, including chemical and radiologic.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, and Friday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel, 999 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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