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LSU Alexandria to present workshop on bioterrorism for healthcare professionals

Released: 11/30/2004

“Bioterrorism: The Risks, Procedures and Reporting” is the topic of LSU Alexandria’s Fall 2004 continuing education conference for nurses, student nurses, lab workers, social workers, x-ray technicians and health unit sanitarians. With the changes in the world since the events of 9/11, healthcare workers must learn to deal with and overcome the ever-increasing dangers of bioterrorism. The purpose of this program is to educate healthcare workers about the risks, procedures and reporting factors involved in bioterrorism so that they can better deal with such situations.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Coughlin Hall auditorium at LSU Alexandria and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, HealthSouth and Rapides Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. All healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of completion for attending the entire conference, documenting 5.0 contact hours. LSU Alexandria has received for approval of 5.0 contact hours through the Louisiana State Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education for nurses by the American Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Presenters include Knox Andress, RN, a U.S. Department of Justice Weapons of Mass Destruction General Instructor, and Stacy Hall, RNC MSN, with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. An emergency department nurse, Andress is the HRSA-Louisiana Hospital Preparedness for Bioterrorism, Designated Regional Coordinator for Region 7 and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator for the CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System in Shreveport. He develops hospital education and response protocols for WMD events. Hall works for the Louisiana Office of Public Health, and has experience in hospital and clinical settings. She serves as the Bioterrorism Surveillance Program Coordinator in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section at the OPH.

The program covers two major areas. In “Hospital WMD Emergencies and Management Implications,” participants will discuss domestic terrorism and the development of domestic preparedness, understand hospitals’ weapons of mass destruction emergencies, explain emergency management implications and recognize biological materials that could be used in a WMD terrorist incident. For “Bioterrorism Surveillance and Reporting,” participants will be able to explain routine disease surveillance and reporting, discuss Sentinel surveillance systems and discuss Veterinary surveillance systems.

Breakfast and a boxed lunch are included in the conference costs. The cost is $80 for community participants and $40 for LSU Alexandria students and faculty if the registration is received by Dec. 2. A $10 late fee applies to all registrations turned in after Dec. 2.

The workshop site is wheelchair accessible. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the LSU Alexandria Continuing Education office at least seven working days prior to the conference by calling (318) 473-6495.

Registration forms and additional information are available by contacting LSU Alexandria Continuing Education at (318) 473-6495 or online at www.ce.lsua.edu.