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Prehosp Disaster Med. 2008 Sep-Oct;23(5):467-71.

Model for preparedness of a public institution for a terrorist attack.

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Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Gainesville, Florida 32610-0416, USA.


Public institutions such as governmental facilities, hospitals, universities, and amusement parks may be targeted by terrorists using weapons of mass destruction due to their potential to cause large numbers of casualties. Consequentially, these institutions should be prepared to manage such an event by the development and implementation of specific preparedness guidelines for any conventional or unconventional terrorist attacks. In order to test the preparedness of such an institution for a chemical event, a large-scale drill focusing on the first medical team to respond was conducted. Some important lessons regarding the way the medical team operates and communicates were learned from this drill. Periodic drills should be performed in order to assess the practicality and applicability of these guidelines.

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