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On Demand February 27, 2007

When the System is Overwhelmed: Protecting the Provider During Biodisaster

Broadcast Date: February 27, 2007 | (1 hour, 30 minutes)


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Program Overview

The dynamics of healthcare change when massive demands are made on healthcare systems, particularly when providers are put at risk themselves. This presentation looks at the impact of various public health disasters on both the system and the emotional dynamics of caretakers. We distinguish between disasters, where resources were stressed by supported (Tokyo sarin attack) vs. those where systems were stressed and unsupported (Ebola outbreak in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo), 1918 worldwide pan flu epidemic, a worldwide SARS epidemic, possible nuclear contamination, and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. The impact of these types of events on operational planning, whether it is successful or fails, and the impact on staff ability to function are reviewed. Lessons learned from these types of scenarios regarding planning and implementation of plans are reviewed, as are data that reflect on the long-term implications to staff health and functioning.


Richard C. W. Hall, MD
Courtesy Clinical Professor Psychiatry
University of Florida
Florida Psychiatric Society's Disaster
Preparedness Committee
Member of the Homeland Security Advisory System TASK 1
Central Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force

Ryan C. W. Hall, MD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Member of the Maryland Psychiatric Society's Disaster Committee

Target Audience

First responders, public health professionals and their partners with whom they will need to communicate in a public health emergency; community planners; command and control personnel; public health and medical students.

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None for this program.

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