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Development of Models for Emergency Preparedness

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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Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronym Full Name
ABSA American Biological Safety Association
ACEP Advisory Committee on Export Policy
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AHA American Hospital Association
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
ALS advanced life support
AMA American Medical Association
ANA American Nurses Association
APHL Association of Public Health Laboratories
APIC Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
ASM American Society for Microbiology
BDS biohazard detection system
BIDS biological integrated detection system
BMBL biosafety in microbiological and biomedical laboratories
BSC biological safety cabinets
BSC biosafety containment
BSI body substance isolation
BSL biosafety level (lab)
BT bioterrorism
BW biological weapons
CAP College of American Pathologists
CBIRF Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (U.S. Marines)
CBRNE chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear/explosive
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
CSEPP Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program
CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies
CST-WMD Civil Support Team—Weapons of Mass Destruction
DECON decontamination
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DoD U.S. Department of Defense
DOJ U.S. Department of Justice
ECBC United States Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
EIPs emerging infectious programs
EMI Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)
EMS emergency medical service
EMT emergency medical technicians
EMTALA Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
ENA Emergency Nurses Association
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
FBI U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERN Food Emergency Response Network
GAO General Accounting Office
HAN Health Alert Network
HAZMAT hazardous materials
HAZWOPER Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HCF health care facilities
HCP health care professional
HEPA high efficiency particle arrestor (mask)
HICPAC Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
HSEEP Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HVA hazards vulnerability assessment
IATA International Air Transport Association
ICS Incident Command System
JCAHO Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
LEPC Local Emergency Planning Committee
LLNL Lawrence Livermore National Lab
LRN Laboratory Response Network
MALS mobile analytical laboratory system
MMRS Metropolitan Medical Response System
NACCHO National Association for City and County Health Officials
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NEDSS National Electronic Disease Surveillance System
NFPA National Fire Protection Agency
NIIMS National Interagency Incident Management System
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NMRT National Medical Response Team
ODP Office of Domestic Preparedness
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PAPR powered purifying air respirator
PCR polymerase chain reaction
PDA personal digital assistant
PHLS Public Health Laboratory Service
PPE personal protective equipment
RDD radiological dispersal device
REAC/TS Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site
RSDL reverse spiral dual layer
SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome
SAIC Science Applications International Corporation
SBCCOM U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command
SHSAS State Homeland Security Assessment Strategy
SME subject matter expert
SOP standard operator procedure
TOO task order officer
USAMRID U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
USAR Urban Search and Rescue
USPHS U.S. Public Health Service
USPS U.S. Post Office
WMD weapons of mass destruction

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Current as of August 2005
AHRQ Publication No. 05-0099


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