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AHRQ develops tools for choosing alternate care sites

Emergency Management Alert, November 24, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two computer tools to help emergency planners run alternate care facilities during disasters, according to an AHRQ press release.

The tools allow users to input information on specific medical care needs and receive feedback on which local facilities—such as college campuses, schools, health clubs, etc.—can become alternate care sites or, which patients can be appropriately moved to those sites.

Denver Health developed the tools, which were funded by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program. The tools are available on the AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/acfselection/.

Source: AHRQ.

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