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Lessons Learned From the Field of Emergency Preparedness: Slide Presentation

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Health Care Systems Readiness/Scarce Resource Allocation Committees

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  • Initial planning efforts addressed pandemic influenza.
  • As the subcommittee finished its initial efforts, the focus changed to allocation of scarce resources.
To the right of the text is a montage of photos showing members of the resource allocation committees in meetings.

Speaker Notes:

In Missouri, the Health Care Systems Readiness Subcommittee was given the task of providing a Health Care planning guidance involving a pandemic influenza event for hospitals and for non-hospital settings including residential care facilities, physician's offices, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, private home health care services, and emergency medical services. The goal of this plan was to prepare health care systems to provide medical care in the event of pandemic influenza as well as other large-scale disasters while maintaining other essential medical services in the community during and after the event. At the conclusion of the committee's efforts, it was decided to convene a scarce resource allocation committee to address some of the issues raised by the initial Health Care Systems Readiness Subcommittee.


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