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Evaluation of Hospital Disaster Drills: A Module-Based Approach

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 Addenda

Type of Drill Incident Command Center Zone Module Triage Zone Module Treatment Zone Module Decontamination Zone Module Biological Incident Addendum Radiation Incident Addendum
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

The Decontamination Zone Module, Biological Incident Addendum, and Radiation Incident Addendum are also needed for any drill involving hazardous materials.

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