Bioterrorism and Epidemic Outbreak Response Model (BERM) Version 2
BERM allows planners to formulate realistic mass antibiotic dispensing and
vaccination contingency plans for target populations. This computer model predicts
the number and type of staff needed to respond to a major disease outbreak or
bioterrorism attack on a given population. The model will calculate estimates of
recommended per-clinic and campaign-wide core staff and support staff based on user inputs.
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/biomodel.htm for the model.
Community-Based Mass Prophylaxis: A Planning Guide for Public Health
This comprehensive guide can help planners set up and operate dispensing/vaccination centers to respond to a large-scale natural disease epidemic such as pandemic flu. An accompanying computer model can help local health care systems calculate needs based on projected number of staff and patients. The model is downloadable as a spreadsheet or accessible as a Web-based version.
Development of Models for Emergency Preparedness: Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination, Isolation/Quarantine, and Laboratory Capacity
The evidence-based, best-practice models provided for each of these areas can help health care professionals plan for and respond to public health emergencies. Of interest to planners preparing for pandemic flu is a practical application for care of infectious victims.
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/devmodels/ to download the report.
Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory (EPRI)—Second Generation
This Web-based tool allows local or regional planners to compile an inventory of resources needed to respond to emergencies and to determine what resources are available during an emergency.
Go to:http://www.ahrq.gov/research/epri/index.html to
download the tool and its components.
Health Emergency Assistance Line and Triage Hub (HEALTH)
This resource helps planners determine requirements and resources needed to
develop an emergency contact center and prepare for potential surges in patient
demand on the health care delivery system. The accompanying Contact
Center Assessment Tool Set calculates the number of people who may try
to reach a public health agency during an emergency.
Go to:http://www.ahrq.gov/research/health/ for
this report and tool.
Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide
This guide provides planners at all levels with information on planning for
and responding to a mass casualty event. Experts provide information on prehospital
care, hospital and acute care, alternative care sites, palliative care, ethical
issues, and legal considerations. The guide includes a flu pandemic case
download this guide.
National Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (HAvBED) System
This prototype for a national hospital-bed tracking system will help the
Government address a patient surge during a flu pandemic or other emergency. Among
its features are recommended national hospital bed definitions.
Go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/havbed/definitions.htm for
Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity
This comprehensive guide helps planners determine in advance of a pandemic
or other public health emergency whether any local shuttered hospitals can
be used to increase surge capacity. The report is accompanied by a Surge
Toolkit and Facilities Checklist for planning and site inspection.
Rocky Mountain Regional Care Model for Bioterrorist Events-Locate Alternate Care Sites During an Emergency
This resource and its accompanying tool, the Alternate
Medical Care Selection Matrix, helps State and local officials quickly
locate alternate health care sites if hospitals are overwhelmed because of
a bioterrorism attack or other public health emergency.
the report and tool.
For more AHRQ emergency preparedness resources, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/index.html#tools.
For information from the U.S. Government on pandemic flu, go to: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/.
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