During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, unprecedented preparations were undertaken to cope with the health consequences of a terrorist incident involving chemical or biological agents.
Local, state, federal, and military resources joined to establish a specialized incident assessment team and science and technology center.
Critical antimicrobials and antidotes were strategically stockpiled.
First-responders received specialized training, and local acute care capabilities were supplemented.
Surveillance systems were augmented and strengthened.
However, this extensive undertaking revealed a number of critical issues that must be resolved if our nation is to successfully cope with an attack of this nature.
Emergency preparedness in this complex arena must be based on carefully conceived priorities.
Improved capabilities must be developed to rapidly recognize an incident and characterize the agents involved, as well as to provide emergency decontamination and medical care.
Finally, capabilities must be developed to rapidly implement emergency public health interventions and adequately protect emergency responders.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accident corporel, Terrorisme, Violence, Produit chimique, Agent biologique, Service santé, Service urgence, Stratégie, Homme, Organisation santé, Soin intensif, Jeux olympiques
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Personal injury, Terrorism, Violence, Chemical product, Biological agent, Health service, Emergency department, Strategy, Human, Public health organization, Intensive care
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0383596
Code Inist : 002B27B14C. Création : 25/01/1999.