ePlasty: Vol. 11
Bioterrorism: Preparing the Plastic Surgeon
Karan Chopra, BA,a Alexandra Conde-Green, MD,a Matthew K. Folstein, MD,a Erin K. Knepp, BS,a Michael R. Christy, MD,a,b and Devinder P. Singh, MDa

aDivision of Plastic Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center and bSection of Plastic Surgery, University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD

Correspondence: dsingh@smail.umaryland.edu

Introduction: Many medical disciplines, such as emergency medicine, trauma surgery, dermatology, psychiatry, family practice, and dentistry have documented attempts at assessing the level of bioterrorism preparedness in their communities. Currently, there is neither such an assessment nor an existing review of potential bioterrorism agents as they relate to plastic surgery. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to present plastic surgeons with a review of potential bioterrorism agents. Methods: A review of the literature on bioterrorism agents and online resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was conducted. Category A agents were identified and specific attention was paid to the management issues that plastic surgeons might face in the event that these agents are used in an attack. Results: Disease entities reviewed were smallpox, anthrax, plague, viral hemorrhagic fever, tulare .......