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ASPR Next: Dr. Kadlec - Alternative Description for Time-Based Media

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[The video begins with Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explaining ASPR Next.]

Robert Kadlec, MD:  When Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed all three dialysis centers on the U.S. Virgin Islands, taxpayers spent tens of millions of dollars evacuating those patients to the mainland and providing them the housing and medical care they needed.  There has to be a better way.  I.V. fluids like sterile saline take more than ten days to produce just one batch. There has to be a better way. Most hospitals have their own unique systems and processes. If there's a mass casualty event, something as simple as quickly knowing how many hospital beds are available for ALL the hospitals in an area can often take WAY too long. There has to be a better way. ASPR Next is that way! It's looking for new partners to help us solve these problems, and find solutions to several more that are outside the mainstream.  ASPR Next will challenge the conventional wisdom, radically change traditional practices and  create entirely new fields with wide-ranging impact. Join us for the ASPR Next Innovation Day, August 7th and 8th. And may be, you'll be part of the team that keeps America safe from 21st century health threats.

ASPR Next. Revolutionizing disaster care with next-generation technology.  Learn more at

[The video ends.]

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