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Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians - From Guidelines to the Front Line

Date:Thursday, March 26, 2015


Michael D. Christian, MD, MSc
Chief Safety Officer
Vice Chair, Disaster Network
Niagara Health System
Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MCCM, FACPE
Vice President, Medical Affairs
BC Children’s Hospital
Professor, Pediatric and Surgery
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Timothy Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP
Chief Medical Officer
Influenza Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Clinical Team Lead, Ebola Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Natural disasters, industrial accidents, terrorism attacks, and pandemics all have the capacity to result in large numbers of critically ill or injured patients. A barrage of patients with various clinical needs can quickly exhaust the care delivery capacity of a healthcare system. It is important for clinicians to have a disaster response plan that addresses approaches to maintaining quality care during times of patient surge and resource scarcity. During this COCA Call, participants will learn about the series of suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic, and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.


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

  • Outline the five main levels of disaster preparedness and response from the American College of Chest Physicians’ Guidelines for Care of the Critically Ill and Injured during Pandemics and Disasters
  • Discuss the importance of pediatric emergency preparedness for both pediatric and non-pediatric providers
  • Identify key lessons learned from the recent Ebola outbreak for improving emergency preparedness in North American
  • Describe ways clinicians and public health practitioners can collaborate to respond to disasters and pandemics

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Audio conference call on 3/26/15: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 3/26/15
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Accreditation Statements

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.

Accreditation Statements

CME:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

IACET CEU:The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 ANSI/IACET CEU's for this program.

CECH:Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 0 Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number GA0082.

CPE:Image of acpe logo.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 1.0 Contact Hour in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-15-014-L04-P and enduring 0387-0000-15-014-H04-P course category.

This program is knowledge based.

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.2 hours of continuing education in the jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE Program at if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

DISCLOSURE:In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC does not accept commercial support.