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Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

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

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How to Use This Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide

This guide can be used to:

  • Assess and document the specific damage that occurred in the hospital due to the emergency incident and the subsequent evacuation and vacancy.
  • Identify necessary repairs.
  • Identify and document equipment and supplies that must be repaired or replaced.
  • Collect information that will be required by accrediting and licensing organizations.
  • Estimate the amount of time needed to complete repairs/replacements prior to reopening.

This guide is divided into eleven sections, each with its own team and assessment assignment:

The guide is organized so that each team can separate their section from the binder to take it with them when conducting their assessment.

Explanations of who should serve on each assessment team, and each team's general role, are included in the "Hospital Assessment Teams" section.

The ADMIN team will coordinate the assessments and assessment teams. They may choose to stagger the assessments such that the teams dealing with the more general or hospital-wide assessments (e.g., the FACILITIES and SAFETY teams) conduct their assessments first, followed by teams conducting more focused and specific assessments (e.g., MEDICAL, ANCILLARY, and SUPPORT teams). Each team should deal with high-level and more immediate concerns first, and then move to more detailed issues. The teams will need to coordinate with each other to conduct a complete and thorough assessment of the hospital.

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