2015: Taipei Burn Surge Event to Close Disaster Planning Conference Register today
A keynote presentation on the Taipei water park inferno, in which
more than 500 young adults were burned when a colored powder
accidently ignited at a concert in June, will close CHA’s
Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference on
Wednesday, Sept. 30. Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP, of
the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and
Response will share the harrowing story of how 40 hospitals were
besieged with patients, many of whom suffered burns on more than
50 percent of their bodies. Dr. Catlett will also challenge
attendees to think about how California hospitals could respond
to such a massive burn event.
In addition, Kelly Redmond, PhD, regional climatologist and
deputy director for the Western Regional Climate Center, Desert
Research Institute, will provide insights on the extreme weather
conditions we are experiencing, as well as what hospitals and
providers should consider when adapting to and planning for the
changing climate. This presentation will take place Tuesday
morning, Sept. 29.
The three-day conference will be held Sept. 28-30 in Sacramento.
Other conference highlights include a pre-conference workshop on
emerging infectious diseases and lessons learned from Ebola, 20
different breakout sessions, an exhibit show and more. Now in its
10th year, the conference is the largest statewide program for
hospital emergency preparedness professionals. The full agenda,
as well as registration and hotel information, is available
The deadline for discounted registration is Aug. 26.