Medical and nursing schools should incorporate training for students on responding to mass emergencies such as terrorist attacks, and standardized emergency response training should be offered in continuing education and refresher courses for practicing clinicians, the Federation of American Scientists said in a 40-page report released today in advance of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The key to efficient emergency response is up-to-date and coordinated training, said Henry Kelly, federation president and co-author of the report. Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and hospital workers surveyed for the report said they didn't feel prepared to handle another terrorist attack. A standardized training plan, coordinating federal, state and local efforts, would result in a more cohesive response to mass disasters, Kelly said. -- by Patrick Reilly
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