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Available for Public Comment: Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are happy to announce that the draft guidance “Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities” is now available for public comment. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are leading this effort to provide evidence-based guidance drawing on expertise in emergency response, emergency medicine, toxicology, risk communication, behavioral health, and other relevant fields from academic and non-government organizations and federal, state, and local agencies.

State and local civilian first responders and health care providers, along with emergency managers, public health practitioners, law enforcement officials, and risk communications experts are the nation’s first line of defense for any mass-scale event, and must be prepared to respond to chemical incidents. Ensuring that first responders and first receivers around the nation have the tools and resources they need to respond to a potential mass contamination event is a critical element of the Administration’s strategy, and this guidance furthers the next step to enhance our national efforts.

This draft guidance provides first responders and first receivers with important information on how to effectively respond to an event that involves the release of hazardous chemicals in the communities they serve and is part of the federal government’s focus on ensuring the readiness of the nation’s first responders and first receivers. The document covers guiding principles, which begins with defining patient and decontamination and moves through the desired endpoints and patient decontamination as a whole of community approach.

The public comment period for the draft guidance, located at the top of the page, is open until Monday, May 19, 2014.

Schauben Presents at International Symposium

AAPCC President-elect Jay Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, presented at the International Symposium on National Poison Centers in Pacific Region held in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Schauben's presentation, "Current Status of Poison Centers in the United States," provided an overview of America's poison center system. Information included data concerning the types of calls managed by poison centers, how poison centers function, the National Poison Data System, the role of poison centers in America's public health system, and the medical cost savings provided by poison centers.

Dr. Schauben is director of the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center -- Jacksonville. 

Left to right: Jay Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, Director, Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville, President-Elect,  American Association of Poison Control Centers;  Yoko Endo, Director, Japan Poison Information Center, Osaka Office; Jae Wook Choi, MPH, PhD, Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, Institute for Occupational & Environmental Health, Korea University; Chengye Sun, MD, PhD, Professor/Deputy Director Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Health and Poison Control

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