Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Provider: The Hastings Center
Descriptions: This online book from the Hastings Center is the collaborative effort of various Hastings Center writers and outside journalists. The Bioethics Briefing Book "seeks to inform debate surrounding thirty-six of the most controversial bioethics topics in the media today." Each chapter begins with an entry highlighting the debated points of the issue, and a comprehensive overview of its various facets follows. Links to information on relevant legislation, 2008 Presidential campaign and party platform positions and links to websites, news items and further reading resources are provided. A few of the topics covered are: gene patents; family-provided long-term care; nanotechnology; abortion; organ transplantation; and stem cells. This book is offered as a free download in .pdf format.
Keywords: biomedical ethics, biomedical research, biotechnology, bioterrorism, ethics, policy, public affairs, science, society, trend
Provider: DHHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Descriptions: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies page covers specific types of natural and man-made disasters, and is a portal linking to information resources for citizens, health professionals, federal, state and local governments, and businesses.
Keywords: bioterrorism, communicable diseases, consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, public health, U.S. Government
Provider: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Descriptions: The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is a rapidly accessible occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event." The website offers a number of ways to search chemical agents. For each substance or compound, the database supplies information on its characteristics, signs and symptoms, labeling and packaging; the possible means and routes of dissemination; protective gear needed in emergencies; first aid; and decontamination procedures for patients and responders.
Keywords: biohazard, bioterrorism, consumer health, database, disaster, emergency medicine, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, First Aid, public health, radiation, safety, toxins, workplace
Provider: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Descriptions: "Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed" are the main headings here. Content is viewable in twelve languages other than English. Numerous checklists, brochures and documents are available for free download, to help citizens of diverse population groups in planning and preparing for a wide variety of disaster situations.
Keywords: bioterrorism, consumer health, disability, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, full text, pandemic, public health, safety, U.S. Government
Provider: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
Descriptions: This website from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) contains useful resources on preparing plans to meet any kind of disaster-- storms and flooding, earthquakes, terrorism, pandemics-- and links to many governmental and outside sources. In addition to providing a clearly organized site, to help the new user navigate the website, a video tutorial has been posted.
Keywords: bioterrorism, courseware, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, libraries, pandemic, public health, technology, tutorial, U.S. Government, video
Provider: NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Descriptions: An agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) "...conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases." Publications and reports, information on clinical studies, and general information on conditions and diseases falling within its scope of research. NIAID's scope has expanded to also include biodefense/bioterror issues in recent years.
Keywords: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), allergy, bioterrorism, clinical studies, federal agencies, immune system, infectious disease, public health, vaccine
Provider: American Medical Association (AMA)
Descriptions: The American Medical Association presents documents, resources and links for physicians and health care professionals on coping with disaster. It provides solid background information on government heirarchy and procedures, Quick Reference Guides for immediate medical response to various kinds of natural and manmade disasters, a section on meeting mental health needs of victims and responders, links to several kinds of relevant organizations, and information on disaster response training programs.
Keywords: bioterrorism, chemicals, continuing education, disaster, emergency preparedness, pandemic, public health, toxins
Provider: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Descriptions: More than a hundred public health courses are listed here, with course materials: syllabi, lecture series, readings and assignments. Materials may be used and re-purposed, with the request that the user contact JHSPH to tell them how. Several courses deal with statistical methods in various sub-disciplines. The school also shares a wealth of images, mostly graphs and charts. Browse courses and materials by course, topic, collection or images.
Keywords: aging, bioterrorism, child, courseware, curriculum, disaster, disease, emergency preparedness, environmental, epidemiology, ethics, free, full text, graduate medical education, images, infectious disease, informatics, laboratory, Medicare/Medicaid, multidisciplinary, nutrition, obesity, open access, population, psychiatry, public health, statistical, toxicology
Provider: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/National Library of Medicine
Contents: brief records, full text, practice guidelines
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases. CHEMM is downloadable, in order to be available when the Internet is inaccessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities. The Intelligent Syndromes Tool combines and measures answers to quick questions about a patient's symptoms input by a responder, in order to determine the probable chemical agent involved; links posted above the probable causes lead to a full record with recommended procedures.
Keywords: biohazards, bioterrorism, chemicals, decision support, disaster management, disaster preparedness, evidence-based medicine, patient care, physicians, public health, toxins
Descriptions: AHRQ conducts and supports health services research on clinical outcomes, quality, cost, use of resources, and access to care. Findings from AHRQ-supported health services research are used by clinicians, patients, health system leaders, and others to help them make more informed health care decisions. Many resources are provided here, including a free health information technology toolbox.
Keywords: bioterrorism, clinical studies, disaster, emergency medicine, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, healthcare administration, healthcare professional, healthcare system, hospitals, infectious disease, pandemic, public health