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Rocky Mountain Regional Care Model for Bioterrorist Event

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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Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix Tool

Select for the Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix in HTML table format.

The Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix can also be downloaded as an Excel file (774 KB). Web Version.

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What Facility Characteristics Do You Consider in Selecting an Alternative Care Site?

Possible Alternative Care Sites


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Recreation Center

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The following provides a detailed description of 3 possible alternative care sites that will serve as an example for practicing with the tool. Based on the scale below, place a rating in each cell. The site with the highest score is your selection as the most suitable alternative care site.

Rating System

5 = Equal to or same as a hospital.
4 = Similar to that of a hospital, but has some limitations (i.e. quantity/condition).
3 = Similar to that of a hospital, but has some major limitations (i.e. quantity/condition).
2 = Not similar to that of a hospital, would take modifications to provide.
1 = Not similar to that of a hospital, would take major modifications to provide.
0 = Does not exist in this facility or is not applicable to this type of event.

This tool was developed by Denver Health and the Rocky Mountain Regional Model for Bioterrorist Events (RMBT) Working Group under Contract #290-00-0014, Task Order Number 5, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For further information, please contact Steve Cantrill, M.D., at (303) 436-7174.

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