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Tool for Evaluating Core Elements of Hospital Disaster Drills

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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Table 1. Recommended use of evaluation modules and addendums

Type of Drill Modules Addendums
Incident Command Center Zone Triage Zone Treatment Zone Decontamination Zone Biological Incident Radiological Incident
Fire* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Incendiary device/explosive* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Natural disaster (e.g., earthquake)* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Structural collapse* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Transportation accident* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Internal hospital system failure* Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Biological Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Needed Not Needed
Chemical Needed Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Not Needed
Radiation Needed Needed Needed Needed Not Needed Needed

*Assuming no hazardous materials

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