Terrorism preparedness training for nonclinical hospital workers: Empowering them to take action

Craig D. Thorne, Barbara Curbow, Marc Oliver, Mohamed Al-Ibrahim, Melissa McDiarmid

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Abstract

While aspects of the national response to the last years' terrorist attacks have included preparedness training for health care institutions, much of the focus has been on clinician recognition of biologic exposures. However, many hospital workers have nonclinical responsibilities (such as housekeepers and mailroom workers) and many more, though active in clinical care, are para-professionals with limited medical training (such as nursing assistants). These workers are critical to the achievement of our institution's mission to provide competent and compassionate medical care, even during an emergency. In recognition of this, and to understand their attitudes and concerns, we conducted focus groups. The process provided a forum to receive immediate feedback from the workers, and will be used to design customized knowledge and skills training sessions that empower them to take proper responsive action should a terrorist attack occur. Our experience may be useful to others who are planning terrorism preparedness training programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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