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ISCT Webinar - Emergency Preparedness - From Hurricanes to Hetastarch

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ISCT Webinar: Emergency Preparedness - From Hurricanes to Hetastarch

Organized by the ISCT Lab Practices Committee


Chair:

  • Michele Sugrue, MS, MT, Research Programs Coordinator, University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, Florida, USA

Speaker:

  • Ping Fu, Quality Assurance Specialist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX, USA
  • Charlie Branson, MS, Manager, Biologics Production Facility, Nebraska Medicine, NE, USA
  • Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH, Director, Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy, Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA

About the Webinar:

This webinar will begin with a presentation reviewing the FACT-JACIE emergency preparedness and disaster planning requirements for all facilities and components of a transplant program. Examples of compliance with those standards will be provided as well as discussion the seminal paper (Wingard, 2006) that outlines a framework for disaster plans. Presentations will also address emergency preparedness from the processing facilities perspective and response to critical reagent shortages.  In addition, this webinar will discuss operational threat assessment and development of a Continuity of Operations (COO) plan as a result of the Joplin (Nebraska) Medical Center tornado.  Experiences will be shared concerning the process undertaken in implementing a laboratory-wide COO, with specific focus on the Biologics Processing Facility.


Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the FACT-JACIE requirements for emergency preparedness and disaster plans

  • Provide examples for compliance with those requirements in the unique situations to transplant programs (e.g. emergency situations while collecting stem cells by apheresis)

  • Describe Emergency Operations Planning including examples of hurricane preparedness, ride-out and recovery

  • Discuss challenges and response during critical reagent shortages

  • Review key elements in facility design necessary maintain operations in spite of mother-nature

  • Discuss Continuity of Operations planning to minimize the effects of a natural disaster

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