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Operation Canine Lifeline: Recommendations for Enhancing Prehospital Care for Government Working Dogs

  • Teija Corse (a1), Chelsea Firth (a1), John Burke (a1), Kenneth Schor (a2), James F. Koterski (a3), Sabrina McGraw (a4), Nancy Vincent-Johnson (a5) and Lori Gordon (a6)...

Abstract

Operation Canine Lifeline was a tabletop exercise developed by students and faculty of Boston University School of Medicine’s Healthcare Emergency Management master’s program. The tabletop exercise led to discussion on current protocols for canines working in the field, what occurs if a canine encounters a toxin in the field, and what to do in situations of national security that require working with civilian agencies. This discussion led to the creation of a set of recommendations around providing prehospital veterinary care to government working dogs. The recommendations include a government-run veterinary toxicology hotline for the sole use of the government, issuing handlers deployment kits and preprogrammed smartphones that contain information on the care practices for dogs, and an increased effort for civilian integration, through local emergency medical services, in the emergency care of government canines. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;11:15–20)

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Correspondence and reprint requests to Teija Corse, Department of Healthcare Emergency Management, Boston University School of Medicine, 650 Albany St, X-140, Boston, MA 02118 (e-mail: tkcorse@gmail.com).

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Operation Canine Lifeline: Recommendations for Enhancing Prehospital Care for Government Working Dogs

  • Teija Corse (a1), Chelsea Firth (a1), John Burke (a1), Kenneth Schor (a2), James F. Koterski (a3), Sabrina McGraw (a4), Nancy Vincent-Johnson (a5) and Lori Gordon (a6)...

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