New resources to care for community-dwelling patients during emergency events
Research Activities, August 2011, No. 372
AHRQ has released two new resources that can help emergency planners and responders ensure that community-dwelling patients receive appropriate care during a mass casualty event (MCE). Community-dwelling patients with daily health care needs may not be directly affected by a mass casualty event, but if that event disrupts their usual care routine, they may still be at risk. Lacking a usual source of care, these patients are more likely to seek care at hospitals already overburdened with mass casualties.
The Home Health Patient Assessment Tool: Preparing for Emergency Triage reviews existing patient categorization tools and presents a new model patient risk-assessment tool. The new tool will allow home care agencies, hospitals, and emergency planners to anticipate the needs of community-dwelling patients and assess who might be most at risk of hospitalization if their traditional home support services are disrupted during an emergency.
The compendium of resources available in Data Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population provides a summary of each data resource, including its strengths and limitations for estimating the numbers of community-dwelling patients at risk during an MCE, as well as any areas of overlap with other data resources.