Primary Care Practitioners: Preparedness, Contributions, & Response to Major Incidents and Emergencies
Description: A bioterrorism event like other major incidents cannot be handled within routine service arrangements because of the potential of many immediate casualties and subsequent long term health consequences for the individuals affected and the community. This presentation outlines the potential contribution and discusses preparedness of primary care practitioners (PCP) in the response and management of major incidents, such as bioterrorism. The PCP is well placed to deal with impact of bioterrorism because their comunity based location and ability to provide immediate and continuing care regardless of age, gender or organ system affected. To be effective, the PCP needs to recognize threats, provide education and treatment for patients and to know what, when, and where to report pertinent information to initiate a public health response.