Infection Prevention for Alternate Care Sites   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "During a disaster, large numbers of individuals may require medical care in a community. Many hospitals and healthcare agencies are currently operating at or near capacity for routine provision of care and lack the resources necessary to accommodate patient surge generated by a disaster. When hospitals and healthcare agencies cannot absorb patient flux or when the physical structure has been damaged, alternate care sites (ACS) may need to be established to meet medical care needs and permit existing healthcare systems to continue operations. ACSs are temporary healthcare facilities only, however, disasters can have a brief or long-term impact on the community's healthcare system; ACSs will need to remain operational for as long as the situation requires. Disease transmission is possible in ACSs as it is in any setting where medical care is provided. In addition, some ACSs may provide health care services outside the controlled environment of an existing healthcare facility or in sub-optimal environments, such as warehouses, schools, or other buildings that were not originally intended to function as healthcare facilities. This can increase the risk of infection transmission."

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