Emergency Preparedness and Management of Mass Fatalities: Pandemic Influenza (CLIN 2606)
Barbara Butcher, Chief of Staff, and Director of Forensic Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner provides an overview of the core issues in Mass Fatality Management Operations as they apply to pandemic influenza. In this presentation, learners are presented with mass fatality plans suited toward H5N1, with a particular emphasis on the unique challenges posed to staff during such events. It is noted that unattended, unidentified and unclaimed bodies would increase dramatically during a pandemic influenza event, with health care facilities being overwhelmed caring for the living, and not having adequate storage space for the deceased. Ms. Butcher provides specific strategies and plans that can be used to better handle surge capacity during pandemics, while also providing useful examples from New York City’s current planning efforts.
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The purpose of this course is to:
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):
At the end of this course, you will be able to: