U.S. hospitals preparedness improving, but not perfect

Emergency Management Alert, April 28, 2009

A new report from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity found that while hospitals in the U.S. are better prepared than they were prior to the September 11 attacks, many still are not fully ready for a catastrophic situation, according to a Reuters news report.

The report credits the Hospital Preparedness Program, initiated by the government in 2002, for the progress made thus far, but notes that many hospitals still have much more work to do to prepare for larger scale disasters that result in a large influx of patients.

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