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Hospitals rising to the challenge : the first five years of the U.S. Hospital Preparedness Program and priorities going forward

Author(s):
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2003-) Center for Biosecurity
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Title(s):
Hospitals rising to the challenge : the first five years of the U.S. Hospital Preparedness Program and priorities going forward / UPMC Center for Biosecurity.
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Baltimore, Md. : UPMC Center for Biosecurity, [2009]
Description:
viii, 88 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language:
English
Electronic Links:
http://www.upmc-biosecurity.org/website/resources/publications/2009/pdf/2009-04-16-hppreport.pdf
Summary:
Established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2002, the goal of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is to enhance the ability of hospitals and healthcare systems to prepare for and respond to bioterror attacks on civilians and other public health emergencies, including pandemic influenza and natural disasters. This report represents an assessment of U.S. hospital preparedness, as well as recommendations for evaluating and improving future hospital preparedness efforts. Key findings include: 1) Disaster preparedness of individual hospitals has improved significantly throughout the country since the start of the HPP; 2) The emergence of Healthcare Coalitions is creating a foundation for U.S. healthcare preparedness; 3) Healthcare planning for catastrophic emergencies is in early stages; progress will require additional assistance and direction at the national level; and 4) Surge capacity and capability goals, assessment of training, and analysis of performance during actual events and realistic exercises are the most useful indicators for measuring preparedness.
MeSH:
Bioterrorism
Disaster Planning*
Disease Outbreaks
Emergency Service, Hospital
Health Planning
United States
Publication Type(s):
Evaluation Studies
Notes:
Cover title.
"Evaluation report March 2009."
Includes bibliographical references.
Also available online at http://www.upmc-biosecurity.org/website/resources/publications/2009/pdf/2009-04-16-hppreport.pdf
Department of Health and Human Services ;. HHSO100200700038C.
NLM ID:
101542050 [Book]

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