Michael Allswede

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A large number of biological agents can cause natural or bioterroristic disease outbreaks and each can present in a bewildering number of ways (e.g., a few cases versus many cases, confined to a building versus widely disseminated). This 'problem space' is a challenge for designers of early warning systems for disease outbreaks and the sheer size of this(More)
Nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) terrorism countermeasures are a major priority with municipalities, healthcare providers, and the federal government. Significant resources are being invested to enhance civilian domestic preparedness by conducting education at every response level in anticipation of a NBC terroristic incident. The key to a successful(More)
The woody nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, belongs to the genus Solanum and its primary toxin is solanine. We report a large nightshade ingestion in a 4-yr-old girl who presented to the emergency department in acute anticholinergic crisis. The child was given 0.2 mg of intravenous physostigmine (0.02 mg/kg). Within 50 min, the patient received two additional(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether published reports of infectious disease outbreaks could serve as a source of evidence for public health practice, particularly in responding to bioterrorism. Such performance indicators are measures of practice and process that lead to optimal health outcomes. We collected data from 116 individual articles(More)
INTRODUCTION During an infectious disease outbreak, the ability of a hospital to continue routine operations depends upon its ability to absorb expected losses in revenue when the routine charge base is replaced by infectious disease-related charges. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the probable financial impact of a bioterrorism event(More)
Response to terrorism and mass casualty incidents has become a focal point for many public service agencies. Public health agencies and the emergency response community must work together to effectively and efficiently respond to any future incidents. Historically, collaboration has been a challenge since these agencies have functioned independently from(More)
INTRODUCTION Since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, concerns have been raised regarding the threat of a radiological terrorist weapon. Although the probability of the employment of a nuclear device is remote, the potential of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or "dirty bomb" is of concern. While it is unlikely that such a(More)
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