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Hospital Preparedness Exercises

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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The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook guidebook is designed to assist hospital preparedness exercise coordinators in planning, conducting, and evaluating exercises. It is meant to accompany the Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools as a reference for those using the Atlas to plan, conduct, and evaluate hospital preparedness exercises.

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Prepared by:
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

Melissa Cheung, M.P.H.
Anh-Thu Vu, M.S.
Doris R. Varlese, Esq.
Wei Xiong, Ph.D.
Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H.


Using This Guidebook
Part I: Overview, Requirements, and Guidance
   Chapter 1. Overview
   Chapter 2. Accreditation Requirements
   Chapter 3. Federal and State/Local Jurisdiction Requirements
Part II: HSEEP Exercise Methodology
   Chapter 4. Overview: HSEEP Requirements
   Chapter 5. Foundation
   Chapter 6. Design and Development
   Chapter 7. Conduct
   Chapter 8. Evaluation
   Chapter 9. Improvement Planning
Part III: Exercise Strategies
   Chapter 10. Overview of Exercise Strategies
Appendix. Additional Resources and Tools
   Useful Web Sites
   Other Useful Resources and Tools
   Commonly Used Acronyms & Abbreviations

The Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook was prepared for AHRQ by Weill Cornell Medical College with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response under Contract No. HHSA29020060000181.

The content of this document is intended to provide a resource for hospitals in planning, conducting, and evaluating exercises and should not be construed as representing standards of care or recommendations on how to respond to specific types of incidents. No statement in this document should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This document is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without permission except these copyrighted materials noted for which further reproduction is prohibited without the specific permission of copyright holders.

AHRQ Publication No. 10-0001-2
Current as of October 2010


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