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Disaster and Pandemic Planning in Health Care


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H1N1 Influenza A - Swine Flu 2009 (CDC)

CDC's official web pages on Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) are now archived for historical value. Recommendations, their investigation reports, status in US, Mexico and other countries, and the most recent travel recommendations.

Emergency Health Preparedness, State by State (2009)

2012 Edition of the series of reports called Ready or Not? by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines how well each state meets 10 indicators for public health disasters and emergencies. Published by TFAH and RWJF Dec. 2012

Emergency Preparedness Resources: Greater New York Hospital Association

The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) maintains an extensive set of resources and reports addressing a variety of disasters and events (e.g. nuclear, biological, and chemical - NBC events) and public health issues such as influenza, Ebola or weather emergencies. Special categories for evacuation/shelter, communication and command systems, power outages, training and much more

Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel (pdf)

The Joint Commission 100-page monograph outlines rationale and strategies for immunizing health care personnel (HCPs) against influenza - both seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Strategies from research and best practices from others are shared in order to improve vaccination rates (currently estimated around 42% nationally), thereby protecting both patients and staff, and reducing the spread of influenza. Pub 2009

National and State Disaster Preparedness Resources and Tools

Large and impressive directory of disaster planning tools and brief overview descriptions assembled by the VHA Health Foundation. Click on Tools and Resources (on the left) to find Disaster Preparedness resources

Pandemic Ethics and Rationing of Resources

The Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project (through Univ. of MN) developed recommendations regarding priorities and distribution of scarce resources in the event of a severe pandemic. Pub. 2010

Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Trust for America's Health (TFAH) Oct. 2007 report Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk, finds that children and teens between the ages of 0-19 account for nearly 46% of all H5N1 [bird flu] deaths. The report also identifies gaps in U.S. preparedness for treating kids during a possible pandemic flu outbreak, including N95 respirators. TFAH is a nonprofit based in Washington DC

Pandemic Preparedness in the States - Nat'l Governors Assn (2008 pdf)

Summary of findings from the observations of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) regarding pandemic preparedness in 2007 and early 2008. The private sector is encouraged to engage in this process. Published Sept. 2008

Preparing for Pandemic Influenza - National Governors Assn, 2006

The National Governors Association (NGA) report for governors and senior state officials who want to be prepared for a possible flu pandemic. May be useful to healthcare boards and leaders to understand their thinking and governments' expected roles on topics such as self-reliance and stockpiling. Discusses seasonal flu which accounts for 30,000 to 40,000 US deaths per year. 32 pages; pub 2006

States' Plans to Combat Pandemic Influenza

Access state plans for flu preparedness. Standards related to keeping state government functioning (incl. food supply, transportation); protecting citizens, slowing the spread of disease, providing healthcare and handling mass casualties; as well as infrastructure responsibilities should be outlined. See how your state is doing.

Other Helpful Listings

Emergency Supply Kit - List of Recommended Supplies  Editor's Pick

This Get A Kit from ready.gov provides a list of supplies and materials to assemble NOW as an emergency supply kit. Water, food, bedding, prescriptions, can opener, first-aid kit, dust mask, flashlight, batteries, radio, whistle to signal help, and more. Minimum plan: 3 days. See 2-week plan for Pandemic Flu at Consumer Health Ratings

New York City's Pandemic Flu Plan (266 pp) (pdf)

If you are a health care leader who is developing a large-scale plan to address avian flu (H5N1 virus), you may get some ideas from this 266 page NY plan. In addition, there are questions and answers about avian flu - written in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian - at the back of the plan, written July 2006

Pandemic Flu Guide for Healthcare Workers - OSHA (pdf)

OSHA's guide to help hospitals and employees get ready and respond to an influenza pandemic addresses clinical information about influenza, infection control and hand hygiene, employee vaccination, protective equipment, self-triage guidelines if you have flu symptoms, and more. Practical and well-referenced; 103 pages; updated for 2009

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