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Blast Injuries: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (EST)

View the archived webcast below today!

In an instant, an explosion or a blast can wreak havoc, producing numerous casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters, such as floods or hurricanes. Current trends in global terrorism demand that EMS providers be prepared for and capable of responding to explosions—by far the most common cause of casualties associated with terrorism. This webcast, presented by Scott Sasser, MD, FACEP, of CDC’s Division of Injury Response and Emory University's Department of Emergency Medicine, will provide details on the unique triage, diagnostic and management challenges of blast injuries. Terrorism Injuries Information, Dissemination and Exchange (TIIDE) project is working to reduce the impact and improve management of injuries from terrorist bombings through the dissemination of blast injury treatment materials. More information and resources related to the treatment of blast injuries, including fact sheets, training tools, and and interactive course, are available at www.emergency.cdc.gov/BlastInjuries.

Blast Injuries Webcast Q&A

Sponsored by:

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Scott Sasser, MD, FACEP

Division of Injury Response at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Scott Sasser, MD, FACEP, is a consultant in the Division of Injury Response at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center). He is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University’s School of Medicine and in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Sasser is the associate director for International Programs for the Center for Injury Control, and he directs the department’s International Health Fellowship. As a consultant with CDC’s Division of Injury Response, Dr. Sasser’s expertise has helped in directing CDC’s work in emergency care. He has been instrumental in enhancing CDC’s emergency preparedness activities related to disaster and terrorism response, as well as contributing to the advancement of acute injury care, which is crucial in daily occurring and mass casualty events.

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