Volume 7 Issue 231
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Preparing for a terrorist bombing: A common sense approach

Although terrorists use a variety of methods to inflict harm and create fear, bombs are used most frequently. According to the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, bombings accounted for nearly 70 percent of all terrorist attacks in the U.S. and its territories between 1980 and 20011. This document focuses on common sense principles that will be useful in a bombing event. more  

Brain injuries and mass casualty events: Information for clinicians

An estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, most often due to motor vehicle crashes, falls and violence. more

Explosions and blast injuries: A primer for clinicians

As the risk of terrorist attacks increases in the US, disaster response personnel must understand the unique pathophysiology of injuries associated with explosions and must be prepared to assess and treat the people injured by them. more  

Coping with a traumatic event: Information for health professionals

An event, or series of events, that causes moderate to severe stress reactions, is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are characterized by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and friends and relatives of victims who have been directly involved. In addition to potentially affecting those who suffer injuries or loss. They may also affect people who have witnessed the event either firsthand or on television. Stress reactions immediately following a traumatic event are very common, however, most of the reactions will resolve within ten days. more

Mass casualties predictor  

In the confusion that often follows a mass casualty event, managing a hospital can be challenging. Past mass casualty events show patterns of hospital use. It is possible to estimate initial casualty volume and pattern after a mass casualty event. Public health professionals and hospital administrators can use this information to handle resource and staffing issues during a mass casualty event. more

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about dirty bombs  

People have expressed concern about dirty bombs and what they should do to protect themselves if a dirty bomb incident occurs. Because your health and safety are our highest priorities, the health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have prepared the following list of frequently asked questions and answers about dirty bombs. more

What you should know about abstinence

Curious about what the U.S. government currently has to say on the topic of abstinence? The booklet provides a general overview of sexual abstinence. This document is written for consumers and offers a definition of sexual abstinence and its role as method of contraception. This booklet is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Vidyya Medical News Service. more


Information about mass casualty events appears in today's issue of Vidyya.