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Dispensing a Higher Health Care Role to Pharmacists

U S doctors nurses and other health care professionals are the best in the world 8211 also among the most overworked Fortunately a greater share of the workload can be assumed by another highly trained 038 well educated group of medical professionals the nation 8217 s pharmacists 8211 who also

The Complex Biology of Chemical Threats

Chemicals are chemicals and biologicals are biologicals but there are some substances 8211 particularly useful in terrorist attacks 8211 that are a little bit of both Here is a short list of some but by no means all of these potentially lethal substances now receiving greater attention not only from

U.S. Vaccine Development: Expediting the Process

Influenza and many other diseases spread with the speed of summer lightning The 8220 cure 8221 for these frequently fatal viruses moves at a much slower pace 8211 largely because the testing and validation processes take so long Fortunately there are new approaches coming into play to expedite those processes

Update on Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) Standards

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the WTC Towers 038 the Pentagon theoretically 8220 galvanized the nation 8221 8211 but it still took roughly three years before the 9 11 Commission recommended the development and promulgation of 8220 private sector preparedness standards 8221 Another six years have passed and

Pandemics Are In The Air

Lightning strikes are sudden and spectacular highly visible and extremely violent Not to mention lethal Bacteria and viruses are just the opposite 8211 totally invisible in fact But they kill many more people in every country in the world year after year than lightning does It may be helpful to

Common Standards for CBRN PPE – An International Code

Today 8217 s well dressed emergency responder may not be featured in many fashion magazines and or on TV commercials but the personal protective equipment he or she is wearing is not only functional but also usually a very tight fit An accessory bonus It might also save his or

Biopreparedness and the Hydra of Bioterrorism

Science is wonderful Except when it is not One of the almost inevitable problems facing researchers in the biological sciences is how to ensure that their discoveries are used to benefit mankind Unfortunately achieving that enviable goal may be a true Mission Impossible

Telemedicine: Funding Increases & Rapid-Paced Development

It started with extremely low tech audio communications and in recent years telemedicine technology has spawned a spectrum of much more advanced systems and devices that are of literally life or death importance to many citizens in distress But the paperwork 8211 specifically including development and performance standards 8211 has

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Article Out Loud – A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

  Full article by Raphael M. Barishansky, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a public health leader shares his perspective on the recent reports of North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korea. Could similar tactics be

Article Out Loud – The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

  Full article by Richard Schoeberl, Jeff Bolettieri, and Bill Loucks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, three professionals with extensive law enforcement experience describe how transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures

Article Out Loud – A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

  Full article by Marie O’Connell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director of a non-profit organization serving children and educators describes a safety program in Florida that is free to schools. Most educational and training programs for protecting schools

Article Out Loud – A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

  Full article by Sandra Dennis-Essig, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 29, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency management professional describes how communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of natural hazards by integrating the intricate interrelations of physical, social,

Article Out Loud – Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

  Full article by Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, a Certified Emergency Manager and senior research analyst provides an update on the unity of effort involved in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse effort in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, many

Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

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