New online tool helps hospitals gauge resources

Emergency Management Alert, September 23, 2008

Planning for biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiological attacks can be particularly challenging for emergency management personnel. Because it is hard to pin down estimates of how many people are likely to be injured in such attacks, the sudden influx of patients could easily catch a hospital off guard.
Now there is a new tool to assist hospitals to prepare for these catastrophic situations. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a surge model to help hospitals quantify the number of victims they can expect and the resources needed to care for them.
After selecting a particular scenario, the online tool estimates the number of casualties arriving at the hospital by condition (mild or severe) and unit (ED, ICU, or floor), as well as a cumulative number of dead or discharged casualties. Perhaps most importantly, it also estimates the required supplies and personnel to effectively handle an attack.
To view the surge model, click here.


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