LLIS Lesson Learned: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning: Examining Triage Alternatives to Minimize Surge [open pdf - 45KB]
"Pandemic influenza planning efforts should examine triage alternatives to attempt to minimize surge and emergency medical services (EMS) wait times after delivering patients to healthcare facilities. […] The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health sponsored a series of pandemic influenza tabletop exercises (TTX) throughout the state from December 2006 to February 2007. On January 25, 2007, the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) Region III conducted a TTX in Thibodaux, LA. TTX participants represented 7 state organizations, 47 regional and local organizations, and the American Red Cross. The goal of the TTX was to engage community partners in a discussion of Emergency Support Function (ESF)-8 (public health and emergency medical) roles and responsibilities, expectations, and anticipated challenges in the face of an influenza pandemic. One TTX objective was to assess risk communications consistency, message content, and methods for dissemination. The TTX scenario consisted of a severe influenza pandemic emerging in OPH Region III."
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