Realtime Testing of a Regional Poison Information Center's Disaster Plan : Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Editor-in-Chief: Renda-Tanali, Irmak, D.Sc.

Managing Editor: McGee, Sibel, Ph.D.


IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2015: 0.466
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.760

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.272
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.640
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.493

49,00 € / $74.00 / £37.00*

Online
ISSN
1547-7355
See all formats and pricing

 


Select Volume and Issue
Loading journal volume and issue information...

30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00

Get Access to Full Text

Realtime Testing of a Regional Poison Information Center's Disaster Plan

Rita Mrvos1 / Edward P Krenzelok2

1Pittsburgh Poison Center

2University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Poison Center

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, DOI: 10.2202/1547-7355.1087, March 2005

Publication History

Published Online:
2005-03-02

Background: When a mass contamination occurs, the poison center’s responsibilities should be well-defined. A Regional Poison Information Center participated in a county-wide drill involving a mass contamination. Methods: Critique criteria included communication and notification processes, a RPIC’s ability to rapidly assess victim symptomatology and identify possible contaminants, utilization of the RPIC by area health care professionals and call volume surge capacity. All calls were to be documented. Results: Fifty percent (50%) of the involved health care facilities contacted the RPIC for treatment recommendations. Internal communications including notification of the RPIC director and medical director were appropriate. Reported symptoms were identified rapidly as being consistent with a nerve agent and/or a vesicant. A fact sheet was prepared by the director and, utilizing the pre-existing hospital notification program was faxed to all hospitals in the region. This drill identified a number of communications problems both within the RPIC hospital network as well as with government and public health agencies. Conclusion: The RPIC functioned efficiently during the drill process although communications were identified as a problem. Modifications were made and will be tested.

Keywords: POISON; DISASTER; CONTAMINATION

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.