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

Mass Casualties

Healthcare System Preparedness for Mass Casualties

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...

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...

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...

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...

Acute Care Services Tools (Ontario, Canada)

The Acute Care Services Tools provide the following: 1) a triage protocol for patients who may need critical care; 2) an assessment form and triage protocols for patients who may have pandemic...

Pandemic Influenza Response and Management Toolkit: Appendix D: Alternative Care Site Management Tools (British Columbia, Canada)

Fraser Health's toolkit outlines key parameters for establishing alternate triage and care centers by providing guidance for selecting a site, organizing personnel, conducting triage and process flow...

A NIMS-based approach provides a framework to establish an acute care center (ACC) for a bioterrorism event, but much of the information could easily be extrapolated to a pandemic situation. The...

Michigan Uses 5 Focused Questions to Monitor Influenza Impact on Hospitals Statewide

Gaps exist in the ability for local and state public health to capture the impact of the current H1N1 pandemic on in-patient hospital census statewide. In an effort to gather this important data...

Mass Fatality Incident Management: Guidance for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Entities (CA)

Los Angeles County's mass fatality guidance provides detailed tools and recommendations that may assist hospitals and the offices of Medical Examiners and Coroners during an emergency. The guidance...

Pandemic Influenza Surge Plan to Manage In-Hospital Deaths (NY)

New York City's mass fatality guidance comprises two parts: (1) a training course for health professionals who will be involved in fatality management, and (2) a planning tool. The course describes...

Pandemic Influenza Mortuary Planning Guidelines (WI)

The Guidelines use the Incident Command System (ICS) to develop detailed and coherent plans for processing human remains during a pandemic. A Pandemic Mortuary Planning Committee assessed the county...

Virginia Mass Fatalities Management (VA)

The Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has created two flowcharts for disposition of remains following death from pandemic influenza and a two-page pamphlet on managing fatalities during a...

Fatality Management in Alexandria (VA)

This city-wide planning document provides detailed information on varied aspects of fatality management during a pandemic and other mass fatality events. Specifically, it defines the local and state...

Clinical Review: Allocating Ventilators During Large-Scale Disasters - Problems, Planning, and Process

The article is a thoughtful assessment of important issues surrounding ventilator allocation during a large-scale disaster. Although the article emphasizes the importance of developing a decision-...

Central Brooklyn Center for Bioterrorism and Preparedness Planning: An Integrated Plan to Augment Surge Capacity (NY)

A concept of operations describes an integrated approach to developing surge capacity plans between multiple hospitals. Four hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, developed a collaborative plan by...