Are you prepared at work for a bioterrorism event?

  1. I was just wondering if any of you were given special instructions in the event of a bioterrorism attack? As a agency nurse and working in ER and Critical Care areas I have not been given any special instructions. What worries me is there are nights when there may be 2 staff members and the rest of us agency. What would happen if a horrible attack took place? If you read the newspapers the major hospitals (where I work) say they have a bioterrorism team and training completed but every nurse including staff that I talk to don't have a clue what to do? I am getting more nervous everyday with the possibility of another attack. Am I the only one who feels inadequate in this area?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   emily_mom
    We have a lot of things in place for bio/mass casualty types of things. However, we only practice once a year so I haven't had it yet. I think a lot of us would be lost. Our supervisors have been well taught, so they would really need to step up.

    We also have security sitting at all doors now since they upgraded the alert to orange.

    Kristy
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    Well....our supervisors and management have regular meetings on this topic...but those of us who would actually be expected to act are not in on the plan. in fact, i had requested to attend a teleconference in our building on bioterrorism and was declined.
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    Ummm...is this sort of thing expected?
    I guess in your bigger cities it might.
    I hadn't even thought about it.
    -Russell
  6. by   emily_mom
    I work in a podunk city (60,000), but we do have a factory that is contracted with the govt to make ammunition whenever we are at war...maybe that's why???
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    our county is 968 square miles with a population of approximately 122,000...but we are home to 3 nuclear power plants...and several hydroelectric plants, oil and oil burning power plants....
  8. by   teeituptom
    Well we have kits including a cyanide capsule that protects you from suffering

    Actually our er has a full decontamintion room and complete setup to go with it, whether its bioterrorism, or chemical or radiation

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