Public Health Resources for Bombing Events

Source: EMR-ISAC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distributed an alert via their Health Alert Network on April 17 directing public health officials to their resources on preparing and responding to bombing events. The site lists various resources on the following topics:

  • Explosion and blast injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Mass casualties and surge capacity
  • Training for explosions, injury patterns, and care
  • Information on mental health care and dealing with mass trauma

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) has also consolidated a variety of resources for public health officials. Resilience Through Learning – Explosions in Boston links to a variety of resources:

  • Yale-Tulane Special Report for ESF-8
  • Book chapters on war casualties and surgery
  • Psychological first aid and coping
  • Health care facility disaster metrics for determining surge numbers

While there is no known existing threat, the Boston events and the industrial accident in Texas emphasize that healthcare staff and public health officials should remain well-trained for events that may lead to blast injuries such as industrial accidents or bombings.

(Sources: CDC, NCDMPH)