This toolkit was developed to assist Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) member hospitals with developing and improving their mass casualty response plans. The toolkit includes suggested preparedness and response actions for clinical and non-clinical departments that would be involved in mass casualty incident response, as well as related training, drills, and exercises.
Research demonstrated that procedures used to contain Candida auris infection in an animal facility can potentially be applied to hospitals and other healthcare facilities to limit its spread.
In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) funded 10 Regional Ebola and Other Special Pathogen Treatment Centers across the United States.
When healthcare facilities have instituted clear policy and procedure guidelines for personnel, the fear of handling biohazards is lessened through training. Infection prevention and control during pandemics rests heavily in the hands of the operating room, materials management and sterile processing.
High consequence infectious diseases present a serious risk to public health and specifically, healthcare personnel, with infected cases often requiring a high level of care. Containing the spread of infection and managing the resultant cases requires a national and international coordinated response, including rapidly initiating public health prevention and control strategies specific to the mode of transmission.
The incident command system, a standard tool for command, control, and coordination in domestic emergencies, is a command structure that may be useful in a biocontainment event. A version of this system, the hospital emergency incident command system, provides an adaptable all-hazards approach in healthcare delivery systems.
4th Annual Infection Control, Sterilization & Decontamination in Healthcare Congress will address issues associated with decontaminating process efficacy and infection free hospital environment. The increasing use of antibiotics in medicine prescription around the world is constantly causing bacteria to mutate and become resistant to drugs. Also, every surgical instrument has their own set of procedures for cleaning, as stated by their manufacturer.
This document is intended to help organizations who want to provide care for Ebola virus disease/viral hemorrhagic fever patients determine an appropriate level of medical care that they can provide and anticipate the supplies that may be needed.
These guidelines were developed as part of ongoing preparedness for all hazards and are intended to support fire, EMS, and hospital staff in the medical management of patients if an incident occurs involving a fourth generation agent (FGA, also known as A-series or Novichok nerve agents).