NIH offers Katrina help
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 3, 2005
The National Institutes of Health has opened its round-the-clock telephone medical consultation service to hurricane evacuees. The toll-free number, 866-887-2842, already had been available to health care workers.
The service will make available medical expertise at the NIH, academic medical centers and medical professional societies for environmental or toxin concerns, infectious diseases, tropical medicine and a full range of other illnesses.
"Our goal is to match national experts with care providers dealing with difficult or complicated medical cases," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD.
"We also want to help patients in the affected area who were on clinical trials and receiving treatment."
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/10/03/hlbf1003.htm.