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Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism


Practicing healthcare providers are likely to be the first to observe unusual illness patterns resulting from intentional contamination of water and must understand their critical role as “front-line responders” in detecting water-related disease resulting from biological, chemical or radiological terrorism.

The primary purpose of Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism: An On-Line Readiness Guide is to provide healthcare practitioners with streamlined access to resources that will help guide them through the recognition, management, and prevention of water-related disease resulting from intentional acts of water terrorism.

Physician On-Line Readiness Guide for Acts of Water Terrorism
Table of Contents:

  • Section 1: Purpose of Physician Readiness Guide for Acts of Water Terrorism
  • Section 2: Understanding the Threat of Water Terrorism
  • Section 3: Chemical, Biological and Radiologic (CBR) Agent Dispersal and Multiple Exposure Pathways
  • Section 4: Detection and Diagnosis of Waterborne Terrorism
  • Section 5: Evaluation and Management of Disease Resulting from CBR Agents
    • Section 5.1: Clinical approach and medical management of BIOLOGICAL AGENTS
    • Section 5.2: Clinical approach and medical management of BIOLOGICAL TOXINS
    • Section 5.3: Clinical approach and medical management of CHEMICAL AGENTS
    • Section 5.4: Clinical approach and medical management of RADIOLOGIC AGENTS
  • Section 6: Clinician Role in Risk Communication and Community Readiness
  • Section 7: Clinician On-Line Resources Guide and Targeted Search Engine Tools
  • Section 8: Glossary of Disaster Preparedness Terms

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EQUIPh Toolkit

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Institutional Author:

www.WaterHealthConnection.org (individual author: Patricia L. Meinhardt, MD, MPH, MA)





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