Host Jeff Aldridge - Jeff Aldridge is a recent guest speaker at EC Summit 2002, and currently President of Security Assessments International, Durham, N.C. Mr. Aldridge is one of the nation's leading authorities on healthcare safety, security, and risk management issues.

INTRODUCTION: (5 minutes) - overview of hospital preparedness planning for NBC (Nuclear, Biological & Chemical) terrorism with the current emphasis on biological terrorism, the need for a hospitals' mass casualty response planning to emphasize communication with local agencies, and preparedness mandates and recommendation of Joint Commission, CDC and AMA.

Jeff will then introduce the guest speakers and facilitate the dialogue between speakers during their presentations and the interactive question and answer period, which follows.

SPEAKER - Bryan Koontz (35 minutes) - Bryan Koontz is Director of Safety & Security for the High Point Regional Health System and a former Board of Director's Member for the Southeastern Safety & Security Healthcare Council. Bryan will discuss the process he used to develop High Point Regional Hospital's terrorism plan, beginning with the hazard vulnerability assessment. Bryan will share his insights on how the plan was incorporated into his hospital's mass causality plan and then implemented and evaluated during in an actual 4-hour countywide exercise.

SPEAKER - Roger Camplin (20 minutes) - Roger Camplin is a Nationally recognized expert on Joint Commission Standards and a - principal with Camplin, Bartels & Associates, Chandler, Ariz., served as a faculty member for many years with the Joint Commission, as well as a serving as a staff engineer. Roger will focus his attention on the Joint Commission requirements for bioterrorism (terrorism) preparedness planning and detail what the Commission surveyors are likely to look for in 2003 surveys.

SUMMARY - (5 minutes)

Q & A - (25 minutes) - Interactive question and answer period - the guests and host will answer as many questions from the conference participants as time will permit.

Note: The host and guests will also field questions via email following the presentation.

PROGRAM MATERIALS - All conference attendees will have access to download and print the following course materials to help them meet the new 2003 Joint Commission hospital terrorism preparedness standards.

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Plans Activated & Tested:

  • Terrorism Response Plan - NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical)
  • Major Disaster Plan
  • Incident Command Team & Incident Command Center Plan
  • Document Includes Exercise Critique - Department / Agency response, problems identified and suggested corrective actions

  • Document #2 - Hazard Vulnerability Assessment - 31 pgs

Questionnaire designed to assist healthcare facilities assess natural and man-made vulnerabilities, the key foundational element in creating the appropriate Emergency Preparedness Plan for the types of emergency situations that can reasonably be anticipated.

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  • Document #3 - Hazard Vulnerability Analysis - 3 pgs

Analysis identifying hazards that could affect the hospital's ability to function.

PURPOSE - To lessen the severity and/or impact of emergencies caused by natural, man-made and/or technological hazards.

  • Document #4 - Major Disaster Plan - 28 pgs

An emergency preparedness program implemented for a variety of incidents both external and internal to the hospital that cause a major interruption of the hospital's normal operation.

PURPOSE - Activation of this plan is designated to:

  • Receive/Triage casualties.
  • Provide emergency casualty care and treatment.
  • Continue necessary services for hospitalized patients.
  • Survey patients and discharge non-critical patients to provide additional beds.
  • Provide discharge and casualty information promptly.

  • Document #5 – Incident Command Team & Incident Command Center - 2 pgs

    Command and Control response structure for coordination of hospital operations during a disaster or emergency situation.

  • Document #6 - Terrorism Response Plan - 23 pgs

NBC Preparedness Response Plan - response to Nuclear, Chemical and Biological terrorism

    PURPOSE: Activation of this plan is designated to:

  • To treat and protect patients who have been exposed to biological agents, chemical toxins and radioactive materials.
  • To notify the appropriate staff and agencies to obtain the appropriate resources.
  • To assist with an epidemiological investigation to identify the source(s) of infection and identify the disease(s), agents or toxins, chemical agents or radioactive materials.
  • To reduce the spread of contagion or contamination.
  • To communicate with local agencies to coordinate patient management and associated activities.
  • To retain public confidence in the Health System's ability to respond to an NBC Terrorism event.

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Conference Sponsor

NBC Preparedness Audio Conference sponsored by Security Assessments International, Inc.