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Evaluating and Responding to Chemical Emergencies: The Role of Poison Control Centers and Public Health Labs

Date:Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Rudolph Johnson, PhD
Laboratory Chief, Emergency Response Branch
Division of Laboratory Sciences
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Robert J. Geller, MD
Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center
Chief of Pediatrics, Grady Memorial Hospital/Hughes Spalding
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine


Chemical emergencies have the potential to cause widespread death and illness. Both CDC and Poison Control Centers play important roles in helping define the public health response to chemical emergencies, by providing rapid detection and accurate identification of chemical agents, toxicology information, education programs, and assistance with medical management of exposures. These unique services are critical to medical and public health personnel managing the care of people exposed during a chemical emergency. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss biomedical testing for chemical agents, state level poison control center practices, and clinical resources for chemical emergencies.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify three services a biomedical laboratory can provide during a chemical emergency.
  • Describe the role of poison control centers in evaluating and responding to chemical emergencies.
  • Describe the key functions of the joint State-Federal collaborative program, CHEMPACK.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 1/31/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 1/31/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.