On April 25, 2007 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Eastern), AACC is offering an audioconference to help you prepare your laboratory to manage chemical disasters including terrorism. While certain elements of emergency preparedness can be applied universally, each type of potential emergency event has its unique knowledge requirements. While you may be confident that you understand the protocols for handling a mass casualty event, are you certain you know what to do if chemicals are involved?
During this audioconference, a spokesperson from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the role of the CDC's Chemical Response Network in chemical disasters, providing real-world examples of how it works. An emergency medicine physician describes what the Emergency Department will expect from laboratories in the aftermath of a chemical spill or chemical attack, and laboratory experts will discuss laboratory monitoring of victims, as well as the types of chemical weapons that could potentially be used in a terrorist attack. During this essential audioconference, you will learn:
- How the CDC's Chemical Response Network works
- Which chemical agents have been used in chemical terrorism
- How laboratories can prepare themselves at the local level to respond to a chemical disaster or attack
- How one state developed a triage system for monitoring patients who have been exposed to nerve agents and other chemicals
- Which issues are managed by the federal government versus state and local governments
Expert speakers for this program are:
- Alan H.B. Wu, PhD, DABCC
Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, San Francisco General Hospital, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA
- Jerry D. Thomas, MD
Medical Officer, Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
- Charles McKay, MD
Medical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician, the Division of Toxicology, Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT
- Saeed Jortani, PhD
Faculty, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
This program is designed for laboratorians, pathologists, laboratory directors and clinicians who may be involved in responding to a chemical emergency.
How It Works
Participation in the audioconference is easy. All you need is a telephone. Registration is by site, one phone connection per registration. If you want to share this program with colleagues, all you need is a speakerphone. Prior to the audioconference, AACC will put the conference manual and instructions on how to participate on the AACC website, which you can download at your convenience to your computer. You will be notified when these materials are available.
AACC invites members of the press to attend the conference at no charge. Contact Peter Patterson at 800-892-1400 ext. 718 for more information.
Early registration fees apply until April 10, 2007 for AACC and APHL members and non-members. The early registration fee for AACC and APHL members is $199 and $249 for non-members. After April 10, the registration fee increases to $249 for AACC and APHL members and $299 for non-members. For further information regarding registration or the program, please contact Customer Service at (800) 892-1400 or (202) 857-0717 or visit AACC’s website at http://direct.aacc.org/ProductCatalog/Product.aspx?ID=4315.
If you are unable to attend, but want to benefit from the audioconference, AACC will make available a CD-ROM of the program.