Biological Warfare Improved Response Program (BW-IRP) Response Decision Tree Workshop [open pdf - 256KB]
"Based on PL 104-201, the Biological Warfare Improved Response Program (BW-IRP) was established in 1998 to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate the best practical approaches to improve domestic preparedness for incidents of biological warfare (BW). The BW-IRP is a multi-year program under the auspices of the Department of Defense and operated by the US Army Soldier Biological and Chemical Command (SBCCOM). During its first year of operation, the BW-IRP assembled an experienced, multi-agency team from the medical and responder communities to develop two primary products: a BW Response Template summarized in Figure 1 and a prioritized list of response gaps and improvements that would be the basis for additional study. The workshop participants concluded that development of the BW Decision Tree was a significant aid in identifying and tracking the difficult but necessary decisions that must be made during an ongoing large scale medical emergency. Additionally, the participants concluded that the BW Decision Tree is extremely helpful in providing a quick overview of the BW Response Template, facilitating its use, and understanding the rationale for why it is needed."