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Slide Presentation by Debra E. Berg, M.D.

On May 17, 2005, Dr. Berg made a presentation in a Web conference entitled Mass Casualty Care: Overlooked Community Resources: Primary Care Emergency Management Demonstration Project.

This is the text version of Dr. Berg's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® Slides (30 KB).

Primary Care Emergency Management Demonstration Project

Debra E. Berg, M.D.
Medical Director
Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program
Bureau of Communicable Disease
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Slide 1

Needs Assessment

  • Fire, bomb threat, evacuation plans are in place


  • No plan for a bioevent
  • Primary Care Centers (PCCs), have undefined and variable roles

Slide 2

Preparation Plans for Primary Care Centers (PCC)

  • Incident management system
  • Hazard vulnerability analysis
  • Emergency preparedness talks
  • Tabletop exercises

Slide 3

Intervention Implementation

Coach's weekly onsite visits:

  • Emergency management committee
  • Incident management system
  • Emergency communication plan to notify staff
  • Staff roles

Slide 4

Lessons Learned

  • Panel discussion with Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, NYC Medical Association, Dept. of Health (DOH)
  • Tabletop exercises: PCC and DOH, Dept. of Mental Health, Office of Emergency Management

Slide 5

Primary Care Center Roles

  • Information hub
  • Mental health counseling, triage, referral
  • Care for patients whose illnesses are non-event related

Slide 6

Primary Care Center Roles, continued

  • Triage for event-related patients
  • Staff/facility/equipment to area hospitals/PCCs
  • Staff for Medical Reserve Corp

Current as of September 2005

Internet Citation:

Mass Casualty Care: Overlooked Community Resources. Text version of a slide presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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