New Tools Help Emergency Planners Select Alternate Care Facilities and Transfer Patients During Disasters – AHRQ

Posted on October 27, 2009. Filed under: Disaster Management | Tags: , |

New Tools Help Emergency Planners Select Alternate Care Facilities and Transfer Patients During Disasters
AHRQ = US Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Info copied from AHRQ’s Electronic Newsletter #284.
“AHRQ released two interactive computer tools to help emergency planners and responders select and run alternate care facilities during disaster situations.  In such instances, hospitals experiencing a surge in seriously ill patients requiring acute care may need to transfer less ill patients efficiently to alternate care sites.  Alternate care facilities are locations that can easily and quickly be equipped to augment or replace health care services when hospitals and other traditional care sites are inoperable or overwhelmed.  Potential alternate care sites include college campuses, gymnasiums, schools, community centers, health clubs, convention centers or climate-controlled warehouses.  The two tools allow users to input information on their specific medical care needs and receive feedback on which facilities can become alternate care sites or which patients can appropriately be moved to those sites.  The Disaster Alternate Care Facilities Selection Tool is an interactive worksheet that assists users in selecting sites and identifying what they need to prepare these sites for use. It evaluates the characteristics of several potential facilities and calculates the results into weighted scores, which planners can use to select appropriate sites for care and plan for operations during a disaster.  The Disaster Alternate Care Facility Patient Selection Tool is a decision support tool that matches a hospitalized patient’s clinical needs with the capabilities of an alternate care facility. This information may help clinicians determine which patients might be eligible for discharge or transfer to an alternate care facility to increase a hospital’s capacity for incoming patients.  Select to read our press release and select to access the tools.”


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