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QuickStats: Percentage of Hospitals with Staff Members Trained to Respond to Selected Terrorism-Related Diseases or Exposures* --- National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2003--2004

* The staff person responsible for the hospital's emergency response plan for bioterrorism or mass casualties was asked the following question: "Have your hospital staff members received special training (e.g., in-service or other courses, continuing medical education, grand rounds, or self-guided study) since September 11, 2001, in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of the following diseases/conditions? Smallpox, anthrax, plague, botulism, tularemia, viral hemorrhagic fever, viral encephalitis, chemical exposure, nuclear/radiologic exposure."

95% confidence interval.

During 2003--2004, the percentage of hospitals with emergency department staff members with bioterrorism-preparedness training for certain related diseases or exposures varied from 52.3% for hemorrhagic fever to 86.0% for smallpox. 

SOURCE: Niska RW, Burt CW. Training for terrorism-related conditions in hospitals: United States, 2003--04. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no. 380. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2006. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 4/26/2007




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