Saturday, March 14, 2015

Upcoming COCA Call: Disaster/Emergency Preparedness For Clinicians


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We’ve been fortunate the past few years that we’ve not seen a major natural disaster, terrorist attack, industrial accident, or epidemic outbreak seriously stress our medical delivery system. 

The United States hasn’t seen a major (CAT 3+) landfalling hurricane in almost a decade, we’ve seen reduced tornado activity for the past three years, and we thankfully haven’t seen a really serious earthquake in more than 20 years. 

But like all lucky streaks, this one will end at some point.  And so the CDC is putting together two programs this month (see yesterday’s blog CDC Grand Rounds: Childhood Emergency Preparedness – March 17th) designed to help clinicians prepare for dealing with disasters, triage issues, and patient surge scenarios.


On Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:00pm EST, the CDC will hold a COCA call on disaster and emergency preparedness for clinicians.


While primarily of interest to healthcare providers, COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.  The audio from these calls are posted several days after they are held.  You can access COCA calls going back to 2012 at this link.




Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians - From Guidelines to the Front Line

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Date:Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-323-9813 (U.S. Callers)
  • 212-547-0291 (International Callers)


Participate by Webinar:


Michael D. Christian, MD, MSc
Chief Safety Officer
Vice Chair, Disaster Network
Niagara Health System

Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MCCM, FACPE
Vice President, Medical Affairs
BC Children’s Hospital
Professor, Pediatric and Surgery
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Timothy Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP
Chief Medical Officer
Influenza Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Clinical Team Lead, Ebola Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Natural disasters, industrial accidents, terrorism attacks, and pandemics all have the capacity to result in large numbers of critically ill or injured patients. A barrage of patients with various clinical needs can quickly exhaust the care delivery capacity of a healthcare system. It is important for clinicians to have a disaster response plan that addresses approaches to maintaining quality care during times of patient surge and resource scarcity. During this COCA Call, participants will learn about the series of suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic, and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Outline the five main levels of disaster preparedness and response from the American College of Chest Physicians’ Guidelines for Care of the Critically Ill and Injured during Pandemics and Disasters
  • Discuss the importance of pediatric emergency preparedness for both pediatric and non-pediatric providers
  • Identify key lessons learned from the recent Ebola outbreak for improving emergency preparedness in North American
  • Describe ways clinicians and public health practitioners can collaborate to respond to disasters and pandemics

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