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Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas

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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Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools was created to give hospital emergency planners a structured compendium of available resources and tools that can help them plan for, design and develop, conduct, evaluate, and improve hospital preparedness exercises. These resources and tools can be used throughout the exercise cycle to help hospital preparedness planners meet federal funding requirements and accreditation standards, as well as strengthen an organization's preparedness systems.

For the purposes of this guidebook, resources are classified as documents that can serve as references for hospital preparedness exercises, and tools are classified as instruments that can be used to help perform particular tasks (e.g., a form, template, or survey). Some items may serve as both a resource and a tool. For example, one item includes information on procedures for infection control during a bioterrorism attack, and also includes a template for developing a bioterrorism plan.

How to Use This Atlas

Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools is to be used in conjunction with the Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook. The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook takes the user through the process of exercise planning, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning, along with requirements and standards (e.g., for Federal funding and/or accreditation).

Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools has two sections [three sections in the PDF version, 4 MB; PDF Help]:

Atlas users may wish to browse the Table first then refer to the detailed description of the resources or tools of interest in the Listings to learn more.. Each section contains detailed instructions for use.

Methodology of Atlas Development

Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools was developed with the assistance of students from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. Students worked in three- or four-person teams, with each team member scoring, labeling, and writing descriptions of a subset of assigned resources and tools. These descriptions were reviewed and edited by other team members, with consensus on the final scorings within each group; disagreements were adjudicated by the project director.

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