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Southern Medical Journal presents special issue on disaster preparedness
Date:1/7/2013

, a leading expert in disaster preparedness and medical response. A retired US Army Major General, Dr. Timboe's experience includes coordinating the health response to the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and leading a team of volunteer physicians and nurses on a US Navy hospital ship responding to the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. He writes, "Each of us in our own specialty, subcomponent of our local health system, and building to the aggregate capabilities at the community, regional, state, and national levels contribute to a growing sense of confidence in our overall preparedness."

The special issue opens with a section on physician preparedness, emphasizing the need for doctors to play an active role in planning and supporting the response to catastrophic events. By being prepared, physicians can help to mitigate the impact of disasters in their community.

A section on healthcare system preparedness emphasizes measures to plan disaster-response measures on the local and regional level. Contributions include informative experiences with drills and simulations to build and assess preparedness for catastrophic events.

The concluding section on patient care preparedness discusses disaster preparation and response for specific patient populations and types of careincluding mental health aspects of disasters and the importance of psychiatric consultation. Professionals involved in responding to Katrina and other recent Gulf Coast hurricanes and to the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., share lessons learned in preparing for future disasters.

Other topics of special interest include:

  • A description and evaluation of a one-day, competency-based emergency preparedness curriculum, which effectively enhances trainees' skills and confidence in providing patient care in a disaster
  • An introduction to the concept of "complete self-sufficiency planning," outlining a comprehensive approach to designing and constructing
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Contact: Connie Hughes
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Wolters Kluwer Health
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