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Radiation Surge Annex Pediatric Workshop

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, WRAP-EM hosted the Healthcare Coalition Radiation Surge Annex Pediatric Workshop. The purpose was to provide pediatric focused content for HCCs to include in their Radiation Surge Annexes. The content is also valuable for providers and facilities to view for education and planning purposes.

Radiation Surge Annex Workshop Modules

Module 1 - Pediatric Considerations after a Dirty Bomb

Covers significant factors distinguishing radiation emergencies in children regarding triage, priority of life saving treatment, transportation, exposure, and decontamination.                                                            

Emily Kiernan, DO is an Emergency Medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Poison Center. She is the current Chair of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology Radiation section and had a strong interest in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergency management and disaster preparedness.

Module 2 – Medical Countermeasures

Presents the unique pediatric characteristics; basics of radiation and exposure impact in humans, medical countermeasures (MCMs), and resources with helpful information for managing radiological emergencies.

Diane E. Hindman, MD PharmD is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and Medical Toxicologist, and Registered Pharmacist. She works as an Attending Physician and Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix AZ and Consulting Medical Toxicologist at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson AZ.

Module 3 – Additional Resources

Covers additional resources such as the Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN),other internet based resources for Radiation planning and response, and important aspects to consider for Family Reunification.

David McCarthy BA, NREMT, WRAP-EM Arizona Coordinator & Irene Navis AICP, WRAP-EM Nevada Coordinator

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This workshop was produced with the support and contributions of the WRAP-EM CBRN/ID Focus Group

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Workshop Organizer

David C. McCarthy, BA, NREMT - Arizona Coordinator for WRAP-EM and the Drills & Exercise Program Manager for the Pediatric Pandemic Network (PPN).

David is the Managing Partner of the Emergency Preparedness Solutions LLC and has worked in Healthcare and Healthcare Emergency Management for more than 20 years both for a multi-state hospital system and as a contract consultant/trainer.

He is also on the Advisory Board for the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AZCHER) and a Member of the Hospital Incident Command System National Advisory Committee.

Workshop Organizer

Irene L. Navis, AICP is Managing Partner of Navis Strategic Services. Her 30 years of public sector experience include 8 years in emergency management, with 5 1/2 years as Clark County, Nevada Assistant Emergency Manager.

Irene has been a certified planner since 1996, and has served on many committees, boards, and tasks forces on hazardous materials management, emergency management, and homeland security.

Irene currently serves as the Nevada Coordinator for the Western Region Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM) and as a project manager in the Pediatric Pandemic Network (PPN) under multi-year federal grants.

Workshop Organizer

Frank G. Walter, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT is Professor of Emergency Medicine at The University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Science at The UA College of Pharmacy, and a medical toxicologist with the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center in Tucson, Arizona.

As an internationally recognized leader in toxicology and emergency preparedness, he has had the privilege to teach on five continents. Dr. Walter is Editor for Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) that has taught over 21,000 healthcare professionals from 78 countries, in eight languages https://www.ahls.org/site. He is also Senior Editor for AHLS for Radiological Incidents & Terrorism https://www.ahls.org/site/take-a-course/radiological-incidents-and-terrorism-course/

He is privileged to serve as the Medical Consultant for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and has done so since 2004. Dr. Walter appreciates the opportunity to work with all his colleagues in the Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM).

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