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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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Table of Contents

Introduction An overview of how hospital and health system officials use BERM in bioterrorism and epidemic emergency response planning.
Getting Started A quick run-through on how to use BERM.
1. User Inputs Questions on population, staffing, and response scenario: the basis for calculating staff requirements for community-wide prophylaxis. Help
2. Overall Model Outputs Model outputs for the proposed prophylaxis campaign, including patient flow, number of clinics, and baseline staff requirements. Help
3. Station Specific Staffing Station-by-station estimates of the number of core staff needed to operate one of the two basic clinic designs shown in Section 8. Help
4. Support Staff Calculations Questions to determine the number of support staff (e.g., security) in each clinic. Help
5. Summary of Model Results Model output, including recommended core and support staff for each clinic and the entire mass prophylaxis campaign. Help
6. Staffing Constraints This section allows you to adjust the model for limited available staff and calculates the impact of these limitations on model outputs. Help
7. Summary of Scenarios Modeling assumptions (including processing times/station and response scenario details) for pre-set anthrax and smallpox scenarios.
8. Clinic Flow Diagrams Schematic patient flow plans for clinics designed for non-contagious (e.g., anthrax) and contagious (e.g., smallpox) agents. Help
9. Sample Physical Layout This section shows a sample layout of the model contagious agent clinic on footprint of high-school basketball court. Help
10. Customizable Staffing Model For advanced users, this section lets you alter pre-set modeling assumptions via processing time and population parameters.
11. Technical Appendix Explanation of the scientific foundation for the operations research concepts and mathematical assumptions underlying this model.


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