Development of Models for Emergency Preparedness: Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination, Isolation/Quarantine, and Laboratory Capacity [open pdf - 5MB]
"A biological or other WMD event could result in many casualties presenting themselves in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency rooms, physicians' offices, and walk-in clinics. To reasonably accommodate these casualties, health-care professionals need training and tools to help them recognize and diagnose diseases caused by biological weapons, recognize toxidromes indicative of chemical exposure, inform public health authorities, and treat patients. Health professionals also need access to the most appropriate protection for themselves and to prevent the spread of disease and the ability to address surge capacity issues, including laboratory services, regionally. Under Congressional direction, AHRQ, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is providing support for assessing and improving the U.S. health-care system's capacity to respond to possible incidents of bioterrorism. This initiative, which focuses on clinical preparedness of health-care providers and health-care systems, is part of a broad effort by HHS and other Federal agencies directed toward potential instances of bioterrorism. AHRQ's Bioterrorism Initiative is examining the clinical training and ability of front-line medical staff - including primary care providers, emergency departments, and hospitals - to detect and respond to a bioterrorist threat. The Bioterrorism Initiative is consistent with AHRQ's overall research goals of supporting improvement in health outcomes, strengthening quality measurement and improvement, and identifying strategies to improve health-care access, foster appropriate use of the health-care system, and reduce unnecessary expenditures."
AHRQ Publication No. 05-0099
TVF&R Emergency Management: http://www.tvfr.com/Dept/em/em_hospitals.html