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Distance Learning Course Examines Preparedness for Bioterrorism Attacks

Date: Nov. 29, 2001
Contact: Keesha Nickison
Phone: (513) 556-1824
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The University of Cincinnati College of Applied Science has announced a new bioterrorism response course for hospitals and medical emergency personnel to be available January 2002. Designed to improve our nation's preparedness for covert or overt bioterrorist attacks, the course provides an explanation of chemical and biological warfare agents - from the incident scene to decontamination and medical treatment.

Titled "Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents," the course will be offered in several ways through the University of Cincinnati. A three-credit hour course will be taught by Dr. Karan Singh, professor at both the University of Cincinnati and Good Samaritan Hospital College of Nursing and vice president of MAXCOM. A one-credit hour awareness course will be offered nationally via video conferencing. In the awareness course, Dr. Singh will be joined by trainers Mr. Patrick Goodale, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer who specialized in intelligence and counter terrorism and vice president of ARC3 Corporation, and Mr. Roger Crauder, retired director of the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Response Unit.

The courses address bioterrorism response from the perspective of frontline medical emergency response personnel and hospital staff. In addition, the courses will better prepare medical personnel for the encumbrances of higher security and crime scene conditions expected during an actual incident. Subject matter covered will include:

  • Types of possible chemical and biological agents.
  • Characteristics of possible chemical and biological agents, including next-generation genetically modified agents.
  • Specific response procedures and best practices.

    MAXCOM provides a category-based hazardous chemical safety system for industrial, healthcare and government clients. MAXCOM uses proprietary chemical evaluation procedures to specify safeguards for chemical incidents.

    ARC3 Corporation provides infrastructure security services. ARC3 integrates industry and facility-specific operational infrastructure knowledge with specialized industrial security expertise.

    Click here for more information on this course.

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