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Clinical Congress Panel Sessions will cover mass casualty preparation and response


Register for two new Panel Sessions at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2013 Clinical Congress, October 6-10, in Washington, DC, that will explore proper emergency responses that boost the possibility of human survival during mass-casualty events. Panel speakers at these sessions will share first-hand experiences and provide lessons learned, in addition to practical strategies on how to coordinate with federal and local agencies when responding to crisis situations.

PS331: Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing

Wednesday, October 9

8:00 – 9:30 am

Moderator: Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, ACS Regent

Co-Moderator: Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma

Participants will discuss the lessons learned from the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing, a civilian mass-casualty event. The exercises that preceded the event and the ACS Committee on Trauma’s certification of five adult level-one trauma centers in Boston helped save the lives of all the victims who were transported to hospitals.

PS310: Mass-Casualty Shootings: Saving the Patients

Wednesday, October 9

9:45 – 11:15 am

Moderator: Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, FACS

Participants will discuss saving victims’ lives during mass-casualty events, such as those at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT, and the Boston Marathon. The ACS has partnered with numerous organizations, including the FBI, police, fire, and emergency prehospital management, in preparing a document that will encourage cooperation among all agencies involved in managing these events. A panel of representatives from these groups will provide practical strategies for attendees to apply in their communities.

Admission to Panel Sessions is included with each paid Clinical Congress registration. For more information about the Panel Sessions or other Clinical Congress information, please visit the Clinical Congress website at

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