Pressure on vendors helps determine pandemic supply levels

Emergency Management Alert, June 23, 2009

The recent H1N1 flu virus outbreak was a test for many hospitals to obtain adequate levels of supplies such as surgical masks, antiviral medications, or N95-type respirators, reports

There is no predetermined or proven metric to help hospitals determine how many extra supplies it will need during a pandemic or other emergency, but Marge McFarlane, PhD, CHSP, MS, MT, founder of Superior Performance Consulting, LLC, in Eau Clair, WI, suggests taking the following approach:


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