Articles & Reports
- Joplin Tornado Highlights Value of Disaster Preparedness for MO Hospitals
- Emergency preparedness events help Bassett staff plan ahead for disasters
- Understanding hospital emergency preparedness from Japan earthquake and tsunami, one year later
- Oswego Hospital takes part in mass casualty drill
- Carthage drill integrates community members |
- Bassett Medical Center holds tornado drill
- Little Falls prepares for disasters
- Chaos imagined: Glens Falls Hospital drill involves tornado scenario More...(1) (2)
- Hospitals drill for tornado response
- Five Things Your Boss Should Know About (Hospital) Emergency Preparedness 10-2011
EmergencyMgmt.com article outlining ways to raise awareness with administrators about the value of hospital preparedness programs.
- IOM Report: Prepositioning Antibiotics for Anthrax 09-2011
Public health officials should determine where and how anthrax-preventing antibiotics should be stored in their communities to prepare for a possible large-scale anthrax attack, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Current plans for dispensing antibiotics rely heavily on post-attack delivery from state stockpiles or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Strategic National Stockpile. To complement these plans, the report recommends each jurisdiction assess the benefits and costs of strategies for storing antibiotics locally and determine which ones would be most appropriate for their communities. In areas where the risk of an attack is low or dispensing capability is sufficient, the authors say prepositioning may offer little additional value. The report discourages broad use of a home storage strategy for the general population due to possible antibiotic misuse and higher costs. According to the report, antibiotics are most effective at preventing anthrax if taken before symptoms occur, which is probably not for at least four days.
- 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks 10-Year Anniversary Report: Firsthand Stories from Public Health Responders (Trust For America's Health 09-2011)
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have released a new report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, featuring more than 30 firsthand, on-the-ground accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies.
- Irene Creates Paperwork Tangle for Hospitals (Crain's NY 08-2011)
Hospitals transferred patients back and forth as the major storm bore down on New York City, and now administrators face the challenge of figuring out who pays for what.
- Assessing Liability for Health Care Entities That Insufficiently Prepare for Catastrophic Emergencies (JAMA 07-2011) PDF
The settlement in Preston v Tenet Healthsystem Memorial Medical Center avoids the prospect of a negative judgment against Tenet at trial, but raises the increasing potential for health care entities to incur liability for deficiencies in emergency preparedness. The plaintiffs in New Orleans alleged not just that Tenet’s emergency responses at its Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina were insufficient but that Tenet’s failure to prepare for a foreseeable emergency caused their harms.
- Al Qaeda Trying to Harness Ricin Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear (NY Times 08-2011) (See CDC, OSHA, NIH for Ricin Resources)
American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States.
- Assessing Liability for Health Care Entities That Insufficiently Prepare for Catastrophic Emergencies - (JAMA 07-2011) PDF
- Acting on the Lessons of SARS: What Remains To Be Done? (Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 06-2011)
- Electronic Health Records Prove to be Invaluable After Crisis (Health IT Buzz 06-2011)
- 45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011 (The Central Line 05-2011)
- Hospitals Struggle with Radiological Disaster Preparedness (Campus Safety Magazine 03-2001)
- State Level Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities (Disaster Medicine and Public Health Prepardness 03-2011)
- Hospital Preparedness for Emergency Response 2008 Report (IOM 03-2011)
- Preparedness & Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident 02-2011
- 6 Common Errors Hospitals, Police Make When Managing Prisoners (Campus Safety Magazine 02-2011)
- The Strategic National Stockpile: From Concept to Achievement 12-2010
- Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health 12-2010
- Hospital Referral Patterns: How Emergency Medical Care is Accessed in a Disaster 10-2010
- National Commission on Children & Disasters Report PDF 10-2010
- Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9-11 09-2010
- The State of Biopreparedness: Conference Report & Video 09-2010
- The Next Challenge in Healthcare Preparedness - Catastrophic Health Events 01-2010
- Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health 12-2009
- Joint Commission: Providing a Safer Environment for Health Care Personnel & Patients Through Influenza Vaccination 07-2009
- Review of Hospital Preparedness Instruments for NIMS Compliance 06-2009
- Hospitals Rising to the Challenge: The First Five Years of the U.S. Hospital Preparedness Program & Priorities Going Forward 03-2009
- Summary of HHS Disaster Behavioral Health Assets & Capacilities 06-2008
- Definitive Care for the Critically Ill During a Disaster 05-2008
- Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions 03-2008
- Closing the Seams: Developing an Integrated Approach to Health System Disaster Preparedness 10-2007
- Model Internal Lockdown Policy In Response to Active Shooters 06-2007
- Federal Resonse to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned 02-2006
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