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

Mass Care

Healthcare System Preparedness for providing Mass Care

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...

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-...

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...

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...

The Health Human Resources Planning Tools are intended to provide a competency-based framework for recruiting and screening volunteers to assist with patient care in a pandemic setting. The tools...

A robust and extensive guide describes mass casualty planning in the essential areas of emergency medical services, hospital/acute care, alternative care settings, palliative care, and legal/ethical...

A collaborative, evidence-based triage protocol was designed for use as a decision-making tool when a critical care system becomes overwhelmed. The system of triage is applicable to patients with...

In October of 2009, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) noticed a disproportionate number of H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths among American Indians (AI). Similar findings in other...

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