Occupational Physicians Explore Emerging Issues in Seattle

The ACOEM State-of-the-Art Conference in Seattle is focusing on critical incident management and bioterrorism.

Physicians will have the opportunity to explore emerging issues in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) when the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) holds its 53rd annual State-of-the-Art Conference (SOTAC) today through Nov. 1 at The Westin Seattle in Seattle, Wash. The theme of SOTAC 2001 is "What's New in Occupational Medicine - Recent Advances in Research and Practice."

In response to the events of Sept. 11, ACOEM has added two crucial sessions to the SOTAC program. Today, the ACOEM will present a special session on "Critical Incident Management." This session will deal with issues related to the aftermath of terrorist attacks and other disasters. Topics will include crisis management from an insider's perspective and preventive measures recommended by federal representatives. The session will be held in the Grand Crescent Room, Grand Level, of The Westin.

Tomorrow, from 8:30 am to noon, ACOEM will present an "Update of Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Clinical Presentation, Management, and Preparedness." This session will focus on strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of chemical poisons, as well as biological agents (such as anthrax, small pox, botulism, pneumonic plague, and tularemia). Presenters will also discuss specific strategies to assist corporations and medical centers prepare for biological and chemical terrorism. This session will be held in the Fifth Avenue Room on the Grand Level of The Westin Seattle.

ACOEM is an international society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians, who provide leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.

Edited by Sandy Smith

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