Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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A Module-Based Approach
Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies
Tools and Models for Planning and Preparedness
Hospitals must be prepared to respond to natural and manmade mass casualty
incidents that may cause sudden demand on services. One of the foci of hospital
disaster planning has been the use of drills to train employees in and to test
aspects of hospital response. Prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ), this document presents an approach to the evaluation of
hospital disaster drills that consists of a series of evaluation modules and
addendums. The value of the approach is to identify specific weaknesses that
can be targeted for improvement and to promote continuing efforts to strengthen
hospital disaster preparedness.
Sara E. Cosgrove, M.D., M.S.
Mollie W. Jenckes, M.H.Sc., B.S.N.
Edbert B. Hsu, M.D., M.P.H.
Gary Green, M.D., M.P.H.
Carolyn J. Feuerstein
Christina L. Catlett, M.D.
Karen A. Robinson, M.Sc.
Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.
How to Use This Tool
Development of the Evaluation Modules
Evaluation Modules and Addenda
Evaluation Planning and Execution
Table 1: Recommended Use of Evaluation Modules
Table 2: Zone Codes and Paper Color Coding
Figure 1: Sample Page from an Evaluation Module
Modules and Addenda
Incident Command Center Zone Module
Decontamination Zone Module
Triage Zone Module
Treatment Zone Module
Biological Incident Addendum
Radiation Incident Addendum
General Observation and Documentation Addendum
Victim Tracking Addendum
Group Debriefing Module
Appendix A: Spreadsheets for Information Collected on Evaluation
Modules and Addenda
Biological Incident Spreadsheet
Radiation Incident Spreadsheet
AHRQ Publication No. 04-0032
Current as of April 2004