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Addressing the Smallpox Threat

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Slide Presentation by Thomas E. Terndrup, M.D.

On March 3, 2003, Thomas E. Terndrup, M.D. made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled Addressing the Smallpox Threat: Issues, Strategies, and Tools.

The is the text version of Dr. Terndrup's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (16,640 KB).

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Thomas Terndrup, M.D.
Director, Center for Disaster Preparedness
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Slide 1

Bioterrorism: Challenges of Training

  • Diverse backgrounds of trainees
  • Full responsibilities
  • Natural outbreaks vs. attacks
  • Rare, but high-risk
  • Limited or no clinical experience

Slide 2

What caused these lesions?

Slide shows a screen shot of the UAB screensaver. It is a photo of a young boy's face, which is covered with smallpox lesions. There are two clickable "buttons" that allow a user to "learn more" about the disease, or to pause the screensaver program.

Slide 3

Slide contains a screen shot of the page where users can go to get summary and/or more extensive information on certain biological agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, botulism, etc.

Slide 4

What does this x-ray reveal?

Slide contains another screen shot from the UAB screensaver. It consists of a chest x-ray that exhibits signs of a case of inhalation anthrax. This page has two clickable options, to learn more and to pause.

Slide 5

Slide presents a screen shot of the smallpox-specific portion of the UAB Web site. It contains links to more information on the history of smallpox, its use as a weapon, etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnosis, etc.

Slide 6

Screensaver Intervention

Slide contains a bar graph showing that there is a general increase of correct responses following screensaver intervention of roughly 17%.

Slide 7

Slide shows a screen shot of a specialty-specific (Emergency Physician in this case) case scenario. Presents information about a patient, their symptoms, vital signs, and prompts the user to choose a probable diagnosis from a multiple choice list.

Slide 8

"Dual Use"

Slide illustrates the idea of the "dual use" benefit of enhancing our knowledge of infectious diseases and training for recognizing a bioterrorist attack. Slide contains a photo of a naturally occurring organism and that of a bioterrorist agent. Slide emphasizes that "Public Health Preparation=Bioterrorism Preparation."

Slide 9

The Biological Terrorist Spectrum

Slide contains a graph. The horizontal axis is labeled "numbers of casualties" and the vertical is labeled "likelihood of occurrence." Line graph has three points on it: "hoaxes," "non-mass casualty devices/agents" and "mass casualty devices/agents." According to the graph, "hoaxes" are the most likely event to occur and have no associated casualties. A situation that involves a non-mass casualty device/agent is less likely to happen, is noted to most likely be carried out by individual/small groups and to have a significant amount of casualties. An event involving a mass casualty device/agent is the least likely to occur, would most likely be "state-sponsored" and would cause mass casualties.

Slide 10

Medical Specialties

Slide lists "first points of care." Circled on this list are the following: Primary Care Providers, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Practice. Also listed are "consultative specialties," on this list, dermatology is highlighted. Information on bioterrorist agents for physicians in each of the highlighted fields has recently been added to this Web site.

Slide 11

Slide contains a screenshot of the newly added Pediatric CE Modules.

Current as of July 2003

Internet Citation:

Preparedness Issues for the Local Level. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. July 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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