Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Health Care System Preparedness

The capacity and capability of healthcare institutions to respond to an increased number of patients and/or an increased level of serious injury or illness. Activities may include the ability to respond to a mass casualty situation, in which emergency and healthcare personnel may otherwise be overwhelmed by the number and/or severity of people injured or killed, or the ability to provide mass care for increased numbers of injured or ill people. Examples of events that require healthcare system preparedness and mass casualty/mass care planning include bombings, firearm attacks, and mass transportation accidents. For more information, please visit the CDC page on mass casualty event preparedness and response.

Preparedness Activities Inform a Coordinated Response to Fort Hood Shooting (TX)

Many of the events and responses involved in this practice are still undergoing investigation, so the description below pertains only to local mitigation efforts. On November 5, 2009, an active...

On May 10, 2010, a massive tornado outbreak occurred in Oklahoma. Over 50 tornadoes touched down within a 36-hour period, and more than 200 homes were destroyed in Pottawattomie County alone. Evening...

In 2010, Tennessee experienced the worst flooding emergency since 1937. Floods had dramatic effects on Tennessean communities, considering that 52 counties were declared disaster areas. Homes and...

In 2009, the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) identified a need to simultaneously treat multiple stable fire and inhalation victims who require oxygen, whether due to a previous medical condition or as...

Colorado Hospital Mass Fatality Summit (CO)

As part of the 2009-2010 Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) partnered with the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) to design...

A shortage of healthcare workers is a constant challenge for rural areas of the United States, yet it also may hinder the level of care hospitals and clinics can provide during an emergency. While...

Recent public health emergencies in the United States, such as the H1N1 outbreak and Hurricane Katrina, highlighted the important role pharmacists and pharmacies can play in reaching medically at-...

Hospital-Based Public Health Epidemiologist Program for Biosurveillance

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) developed a program to increase surveillance for potential bioterrorist or infectious disease events by placing public health epidemiologists in...

Community and retail pharmacists possess significant skills that can be useful during an emergency response, including vast knowledge about pharmaceutical effects and interactions and the ability to...

Creating a Regional Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Network: The Importance of Collaboration (AL, FL, LA, MS, TN)

The South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness (SCCPHP) is collaborating with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and more than 40 agencies...

Wales' report contains useful algorithms and protocols for health care workers who will be performing initial triage during a pandemic. Flow charts of care pathways move toward specific clinical...

Three screening algorithms describe initial management of adults and children with suspected pandemic influenza. The flow charts provide criteria for self care at home, supervised outpatient...

The Act is a legislative proposal intended to make voluntary health practitioners available for deployment as quickly as possible in response to emergency declarations. The National Conference of...

Five articles from the Task Force for Mass Critical Care address difficult issues around patient triage and resource allocation that may need to be implemented during an influenza pandemic. The...

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) created this guidance in consultation with national pharmacy and pharmacist associations, thought leaders from national and regional...

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