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NIH Mobilizes National, On-Call Volunteer Medical Network in Response to Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 12, 2005
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Author: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

NIH Medical Consultation Services 1-866-887-2842
Given the potential enormity of the medical needs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, NIH has mobilized a national, on-call volunteer medical network.
This network provides round-the-clock medical consultation services for healthcare professionals, information for clinical trials participants regarding alternate sites, and information for patients affected by hurricane Katrina.
Information is available in the following areas:
Adult endocrinology Cancer Cardiac/pulmonary diseases - Environmental/toxic concerns - Genetic diseases - Infectious Diseases and Tropical/Geographical Medicine - Obstetrics/gynecology - Ophthalmology - Oral Medicine - Pediatric endocrinology - Pediatric metabolism - Psychiatry
Information for NIAID Clinical Trials Participants
If you are participating in a NIAID-sponsored clinical trial in a hospital or medical practice located in the hurricane-affected region please call the NIH Medical Consultation Services at 1-866-887-2842 for information on alternative sites.
Provide as much information as you can about the clinical trial (for example Protocol number, type of disease, name of test drug, location, and name of the investigator) to help the Medical Consultation Specialists direct you to the appropriate resources.
Additional NIAID Clinical Trials Information
CPCRA Study Participants Participants in Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA) studies - such as SMART, FIRST, or LTM - who are from the Louisiana Community AIDS Research Program in New Orleans can contact the CPCRA Operations Center with questions or concerns about their study participation and the provision of study drugs and associated medical care.
Eric Daniels (edaniels@s-3.com) CPCRA Operations Center 1-800-230-7339 Between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday - Friday
PACTG Trial Participants Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Group (PACTG) efforts to triage and refer pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS patients includes coordination service for physicians and other medical providers.
PACTG Coordinator for New Orleans patients 1- 800-756-0471 Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday - Friday Ask to speak with the PACTG Coordinator for New Orleans patients.
Information for NIAID-Supported Researchers
NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Information for Investigators and Institutions (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/katrina/index.htm) Check here for NIH Guide Notices and other information of particular relevance to investigators and their institutions; the site also contains related information, such as links to other Federal sites and links to professional societies that are facilitating interactions between affected investigators (including students, postdocs, etc.) and investigators offering assistance.
What NIH is Doing
NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster (http://www.nih.gov/about/director/hurricanekatrina/index.htm) NIH is participating in a Departmental Task Force to respond to this overwhelming tragedy and is quickly exploring several ways that will maximize the use of the unique skill sets of the NIH staff.
What the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is Doing
HHS Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster (http://www.hhs.gov/katrina/) HHS is focusing all of its public health and emergency response efforts on providing relief, care, and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Links to Other Federal Sites
Detailed Health and Safety Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Health & Safety http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.asp
Protect Your Health and Safety After a Hurricane http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/recovery.asp
After a Hurricane: Key Facts About Infectious Disease http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/infectiousdisease.asp
Firstgov.gov
Hurricane Katrina Recovery http://www.firstgov.gov
En Espanol http://firstgov.gov/Espanol/Topics/Desastres.shtml
Finding Family and Friends http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml
How to Get Help http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/katrinavictims.shtm
Donate and Volunteer https://volunteer.ccrf.hhs.gov/ http://www.usafreedomcorps.gov/
Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/katrina
AAHIVM- IDSA Triage Tips for Primary Care Providers Providing Care to Disaster Survivors with HIV/AIDS (PDF) (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/HIVTriageTips.htm) Prepared by HIV physicians in the leaderships of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the HIV Medicine Association
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org/
American Academy of HIV Medicine http://64.177.16.246/aahivm_blog/
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/
American College of Emergency Physicians http://www.acep.org/webportal
American College of Physicians http://www.annals.org/shared/hurricane.shtml
American College of Rheumatology http://www.rheumatology.org/katrina.asp
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/
Association of American Medical Colleges http://www.medscape.com/px/trk.svr/ac-katrina?exturl=http://www.aamc.org/katrina.htm
HIV Medicine Association http://www.idsociety.org/HIVMA_Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=13852&TEMPLATE=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm
Infectious Disease Society of America http://www.idsociety.org/Template.cfm?Section=Home&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13911