Study finds ED staff concerned "dirty bomb" attack

Emergency Management Alert, October 21, 2008

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has found that emergency department nurses and physicians consistently do not feel their hospitals are prepared for a “dirty bomb” attack involving radioactive materials.

The full study, published in October 2008 issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, a journal published by the American Medical Association (AMA), found that chief concerns regarding a terrorist attack included:

  • the hospital being overwhelmed
  • safety of loved ones
  • potential staffing problems
  • readinessproblems
  • contamination and self-protection
Participants also expressed concerns about current protocol, going so far as to say they would not adhere to the plan in place.
To read the abstract, click here.


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