Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness: Optimizing Surge Capacity: Regional Efforts in Bioterrorism Readiness [open pdf - 123KB]
The following issue brief on regional efforts in bioterrorism readiness was published by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Regional bioterrorism planning is critical in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed them. One hospital working alone to prepare for a massive influx of patients in the event of a public health emergency or a bioterrorism attack is not sufficient. Indeed, an entire community by itself might not be able to handle a public health emergency involving mass casualties. When developing plans to mobilize quickly, hospitals need to look at resources both in their communities and beyond. A June 2003 Web-assisted audioconference sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on surge capacity assessment and regionalization of resources to respond to large numbers of people requiring immunization, treatment, or quarantine. The event was aimed at local, State, and health systems policymakers. Panelists included: s Commander Brad Austin, M.P.H., Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); s Michael Allswede, D.O., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System; s Stephen Cantrill, M.D., Denver Health Medical Center; and s Dena Bravata, M.D., M.S., Project Director of the Stanford--University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Evidence-based Practice Center. The audio conference also included a question and answer period, during which listeners were invited to submit questions to the panelists. This issue brief examines regional strategies to identify and mobilize resources to respond to a public health disaster such as a bioterrorist attack."
Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality: http://www.ahrq.gov/
Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness (January 2004), Issue Brief No. 4