Weapons of mass destruction preparedness and response for the XIV Pan-American Games, Santo Domingo, 2003

Amado Alejandro Báez, Matthew D. Sztajnkrycer, Ediza M. Giráldez, Hugo Pérez Comprés

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Abstract

The Pan-American Games are considered to be the fourth most important international athletic event in the world. Hosted by the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the XIV Pan-American Games lasted from 11-17 August 2003. In preparation for the Games, the Security Directorate developed and deployed a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Unit. For operational support, two strike teams (Alpha and Bravo) were active at any given time. Each team consisted of five members including a team leader, field physician, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) officer, and two tactical offi-cers. Three hospitals - two military and one civilian - were designated as pri-mary medical centers for the event. With the assistance of the WMD Unit, emergency department staff were trained in the medical management of a WMD event, response protocols for WMD were created, and special decon-tamination areas were designated. Syndromic surveillance was performed by means of direct communications between the hospitals and units, as well as use of an electronic, Web-based surveillance tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-260
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dominican Republic
  • games
  • mass-gathering
  • Pan-American
  • terrorism
  • weapons of mass destruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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