Chemical Terrorism Preparedness Training
One of the objectives of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) is to ensure effective response to both bioterrorism and chemical terrorism. After a chemical terrorism event, the Chemical Threat Preparedness Program at the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (DOH, BPHL) will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the medical community to obtain clinical blood and urine samples from potentially exposed individuals. Preparedness is the key to effective response. As part of that preparedness effort, the BPHL offers Chemical Terrorism Preparedness Training to community partners. The course consists of the two sessions described below.
CHEMICAL TERRORISM AWARENESS
This session is an introduction to chemical terrorism. The training covers a short history of chemical terrorism and warfare, specific chemical agents including both Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and toxic industrial chemicals, symptoms of exposure, and antidotes.
COLLECTING CLINICAL SPECIMENS AFTER A CHEMICAL TERRORISM EVENT
This session is directed to individuals who might actually collect clinical specimens after a chemical exposure event. The CDC have specific requirements regarding specimens; therefore, collectors must follow a specific protocol. Additionally, since the samples are evidentiary, Chain-of-Custody procedures must be implemented. This is both a lecture and hands-on training.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Training is recommended for physicians, nurses, emergency department personnel, phlebotomists, hospital laboratory personnel, preparedness personnel, students, community volunteers, others who may collect clinical samples, and all who are interested.
Escambia Emergency Operations Center 6575 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505
April 6, 2017 Time: 9:00 to 11:00
Nursing, Laboratory, and Environmental Scientist CEUs offered— Clinical Chemistry (1 hour each session)
FOR QUESTIONS Contact:
Faith McInnis, Chemist III
Chemical Threat Preparedness Coordinator
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Public Health Laboratories
1217 North Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
E-mail: [email protected]