New Federal resources help hospitals plan, carry out, and evaluate emergency preparedness exercises
Research Activities, February 2011, No. 366
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a set of new resources to help hospital emergency planners plan, conduct, and evaluate exercises to prepare for emergencies.
The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook is a resource guide designed to assist in the process of planning, conducting, and evaluating hospital preparedness exercises. The Hospital Preparedness Exercises: Atlas of Resources and Tools is a compendium of resources and tools, categorized by key features and with detailed descriptions; and the Hospital Preparedness Exercises Pocket Guide is a quick reference for hospital preparedness planners.
These resources are designed to meet the needs of both accredited and unaccredited hospitals, ranging from acute care to critical access. They were developed by AHRQ in conjunction with researchers at Cornell University's Weill College of Medicine as part of the National Hospital Preparedness Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response provided funding.
For more details on these and other emergency preparedness materials, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/prep.