Home Health Patient Assessment Tools: Preparing for Emergency Triage – AHRQ – June 2011

Posted on June 13, 2011. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Community Services, Disaster Management | Tags: |

Home Health Patient Assessment Tools:  Preparing for Emergency Triage – AHRQ – June 2011
AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [US]

“Approximately 7.6 million individuals receive care in their home from 17,000 home care providers because of acute illness, long-term care conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. During a mass casualty event, these community-dwelling patients could experience disruption of needed support services. Depending on the level of their needs, a disruption of care/services could lead to patient decompensation and increased reliance on acute care services, including emergency medical systems and hospital emergency departments already stretched thin by the disaster situation.

The model Community-Living Patient Assessment Tool for Disaster Planning included in this report rates the risk status of community-based patients in the event of a disaster. The goal for the tool is for home health agencies and others to be able to identify and estimate the number of individuals/patients who would be most at risk for hospitalization if their home supports and services were disrupted during an emergency. With this information, emergency planners could begin to anticipate and prepare for this additional surge demand.”

Data Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population – AHRQ – June 2011

“Many patients who live in the community and need some degree of medical assistance may be unable to manage if their resources or services are depleted during a mass casualty event (MCE). Patients who are not directly affected by an MCE but who have daily medical needs, those who cannot manage their medical needs in a shelter, and those who do not have family caregivers are likely to seek care at hospitals that will already be burdened by caring for people directly affected by the MCE. This study investigates data sources to enumerate and estimate the number of people who, though not directly affected by an MCE, might seek hospital care during an MCE. The report summarizes findings about the availability of data to quantify the at-risk community population.”

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