The threat of mass casualties and widespread infectious disease caused by terrorism
is now a challenge for our government and public health system. Funds have been granted to the states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish bioterrorism
preparedness and response capabilities.
Hartford Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence for Bioterrorism
Preparedness by the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The Center of Excellence has implemented strategies to prepare for a possible bioterrorist attack. A unique model that combines epidemiology and traumatology is being used to guide the preparedness activities. Although the focus of the grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health is bioterrorism
, the application of the model can apply to preparation for all terrorist events.
Implementation of strategies indicates that bioterrorism
preparedness is well underway. Similar initiatives should be achievable by other trauma systems
throughout the country.
A Center of Excellence for Bioterrorism
Preparedness in Connecticut is successfully modifying a trauma system to meet the challenge of a new public health threat, terrorism