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Trauma Symposium Spotlights Responses to Terrorist Attacks

Two individuals who were involved in treating victims of mass casualties caused by terrorist attacks will share their experiences during the AAO-HNS Trauma Committee and Society of Military Otolaryngologists Annual Trauma Symposium. The program will be presented from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Saturday, September 17, at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

Meg. S. Femino, HEM, director of emergency management at the Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, will present “Remembering the Third Monday in April: Reflections of the Boston Marathon Bombings.” She will describe the overall hospital response, care of victims and perpetrators, citywide and hospital preparedness, challenges, and lessons learned after the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings. The two bombs that went off near the finish line killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 individuals. After four days, police captured one suspect. Earlier the same day, the suspect’s brother, who also was a suspect, died after a shootout with law enforcement.

Col. Melissa Givens, MD, MPH, CSCS, will present “Leadership Lessons From the Fort Hood Shooting.” On Nov. 5, 2009, a U.S. Army officer’s shooting rampage left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded at Fort Hood in central Texas. Col. Givens was working in the emergency department caring for the shooting victims and coordinating manpower requirements throughout this mass casualty event.

“I will discuss the similarities and differences of this event to combat mass casualty events,” said Col. Givens, medical director of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance and associate professor with the department of military and emergency medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.

After the event, she conducted the emergency department debriefings and after-action reports, and published lessons learned.

“The majority of my talk will focus on lessons learned and strategies for success in the context of personnel, resource, and information and technology management,” Col. Givens said. “All of this will be presented in a leadership framework that can be applied in planning, responding, and recovering from an active shooter event.

The symposium includes a reception and vendor displays prior  to the dinner and the presentation of the two lectures. Pre-registration is required. Please see the agenda of events.