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Special Interest Resources
The information is this section focuses on providing guidance and tools to hospitals to respond to any natural or man-made incident, including terrorism that results in a number of ill or injured persons sufficient to overwhelm the capabilities of immediate local and regional emergency response and health care systems.
- CDC Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide This 2019 revised guide can provide a road map for health care facilities to prepare for, respond, and recover from a total or partial water supply interruption by providing the guidance to assess water usage, response capabilities, and water supply alternatives.
- AHRQ (Agency for Hospital Research and Quality) Review of Boston Medical Center re-engineered discharge project.
- Florida Department of Health Hospital Emergency Evacuation Toolkit (Reviewed May 2011) - This toolkit is intended to support Florida's acute care hospitals' all-hazard preparedness activities. The document provides a guide for the development of an effective evacuation plan. It builds upon lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina as well as the evacuations from Florida Hospitals over the past decade.
- New York City Rapid Patient Discharge Tool
The purpose of this section is to provide guidance to assist hospitals to increase their medical surge capacity and capability. By increasing surge capacity and capability, hospitals can be better prepared to respond to a catastrophic event and triage and treat an increased number of victims. (See Medical Surge for additional information below)
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity - Report, Toolkit, and Facility Checklist.
- Santa Clara County Hospital Surge Capacity Tool Kit
Medical Surge Resources
Mutual Aid, Coalitions, and Other Partnerships
- California Hospital Association - Model Hospital Mutual Aid MOU - Includes link to American Hospital Association MOU model and others
- CDC Public Health Law Program Mutual Aid Agreements
- Facilitating Hospital Emergency Preparedness Introduction of a Model Memorandum of Understanding
- Hospital Disaster Mutual Aid Overview - Information and additional resources demonstrate the potential offered by mutual aid agreements and provide examples that can be adapted to improve your hospital's mutual aid agreements.
- Polk County Hospitals Memorandum of Understanding for Mutual Aid
- State of Wyoming Sample Mutual Aid Agreement Template
Pediatric Preparedness Resources
Hospital Disaster Plans need to incorporate the unique and specific vulnerabilities of children during a public health or mass casualty incident. Planning for the pediatric population needs to be integrated into all aspects and stages of disaster planning. Links in this section provide information and resources to assist hospitals in improving pediatric emergency care and meeting the needs of this population during a disaster.
- AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies
- AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Pediatric Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness - A Resource for Pediatricians, prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness - Provides a variety of reports and resources including a policy statement on "Care of Children in the Emergency Department.
- Florida Department of Health Emergency Medical Services for Children in Florida - Contains links to guidance, information, products, and educational tools.
- National Center for Disaster Preparedness Pediatric Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorism - Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Natural disasters and terrorism are highlighted trauma types for information and resources.
- New York City Hospital Guidelines for Pediatric Preparedness
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