Decontamination with At-Risk Populations: Lessons Learned

  title={Decontamination with At-Risk Populations: Lessons Learned},
  author={Kimberly M. Taylor and Kristin Balfanz-Vertiz and Rob Humrickhouse and Crystal Jurik},
  journal={The Internet Journal of Internal Medicine},
“At-risk populations” are often excluded from emergency preparedness plans, despite their increased vulnerability. In August 2007, Sinai Health System (Chicago, IL) conducted a field exercise, a decontamination drill which incorporated people with physical disabilities, who are Deaf, and/or who have limited English proficiency. The planning team included staff from these populations. Three main adaptations were made to the decontamination plan: the use of accessible equipment for nonambulatory… 

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