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October 18, 2001

Annual Scientific Assembly Addresses Disaster Management and Preparation For Biological, Chemical Terrorism

American College of Chest Physicians Offers Sessions in Biological and Chemical Weapons, Disaster Preparation and Relief in Addition to the Latest Scientific Advances

 (SafetyAlerts) -  At its annual world congress on diseases of the chest, CHEST 2001, November 4-8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) will address pressing health issues surrounding recent terrorist attacks. In addition to original newsworthy scientific presentations on asthma, critical care, end-of- life/ethics, tuberculosis and technology in medicine, continuing education sessions will explore biological and chemical weapons, disaster preparation and relief and manifestations of particulate matter resulting from rescue work.

These educational sessions -- open to both physicians and the media -- will feature leading experts and physicians who have been at the front line of recent tragic events. Press briefings featuring presenting experts will provide further opportunity for questions and answers on the following topics:

* Disaster Management: Health Care Professionals Taking Action/ Emergency Preparation for Chemical and Biological Terrorism -- Physician experts from the World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing and other devastating events will discuss medical community preparedness for recent disasters and possible future attacks.

* Surviving the World Trade Center Collapse: A Personal and Medical Perspective/Reflections from Ground Zero -- The deputy chief medical officer of the New York Fire Department will offer a first-hand account of rescue activities and initial findings on airway hyperreactivity in rescue workers. A physician who provided medical care at ground zero will present lessons learned from the enormous medical response following the World Trade Center attack.

* What Every Health Care Professional Should Know about Biological and Chemical Weapons -- Major General John Parker, MD, FCCP, will address bacteria, toxins and viruses that can be used as biological weapons, the symptoms they are likely to cause and the necessary course of treatment following exposure.

Thousands of physicians from dozens of countries will attend the meeting, and hundreds will present their latest scientific research. Some noteworthy abstracts to be presented include:

* Asthma and Tobacco -- A Survey of 18 Philadelphia Middle Schools
* How is Sepsis Changing in the U.S.?
* Hand-Held Devices as an Effective Substitute for Information Systems in the Medical Intensive Care Unit: A Focus on Sedation

During CHEST 2001, The CHEST Foundation, ACCP's philanthropic arm, plans a strong medley of outreach activities to underscore its efforts to end tobacco use, educate the public about asthma, and raise awareness of end-of-life care issues, including:

* Town Meeting: Humanitarianism and Global Health in Medicine -- With C. Everett Koop, MD, former U. S. Surgeon General, and Allen Goldberg, MD, FCCP

* "Making a Difference" Awards Dinner -- Featuring keynote speaker Hamilton Jordan, White House Chief-of-Staff to former President Jimmy Carter and the New York Times best-selling author

* Broadcast of "The Group Room" National Radio Talk Show on Lung Cancer

* AsthmaBUSters Community Outreach Event -- Two Philadelphia Eagles, ACCP members, and the deputy health commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Public Health visit two area elementary schools to teach children about lung health and asthma care.

Source: PRNewswire.

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