Alternate Title: Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies: Tools for Planning and Preparedness
"The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sponsored the preparation of the Emergency Preparedness Atlas: U.S. Nursing Home and Hospital Facilities to support local/regional planning and response efforts in the event of a bioterrorism or other public health emergency. This tool is intended to stimulate productive discussion about how nursing homes may be used to handle a surge of patients in response to emergency situations-it is not a review of the quality or adequacy of preparedness efforts in any area. The Atlas is divided into four main sections. Section 1 provides an abstract of the overall AHRQ-funded project, entitled Exploring the Special Needs and Potential Role of Nursing Homes in Surge Capacity for Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies, of which this Atlas is a part. Section 2 provides an overview of the Atlas. Section 3 is a series of case studies illustrating the ways in which nursing homes may be used to accommodate a surge of patients in six States. Section 4 includes maps of selected health care facilities for all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Finally, two appendixes provide technical notes and detailed tabular data supporting the 51 maps. Most health care preparedness planning efforts have focused on hospital and first responder preparedness. Both the needs and potential role of nursing homes, which house the particularly vulnerable elderly population, have emerged in local and national preparedness discussions, but very little information exists on the extent to which nursing homes have planned for and/or have been incorporated into regional planning efforts."
United States, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ Publication No. 07-0029-2
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