Does your agency have a contingency plan in the event of a pandemic?

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A pandemic affects a large part of the globe; multiple continents... So, most local agencies and institution do not have guidelines other that the basic decomtamination but a pandemic is an infectious disease that can not be decontaminated. Quarantine measures need to be initiated; identified the infected and place them in specific pesthouses. The uninfected people need to be contained, seperated, and protected. The spread must be identify. The source must also be found. Can the disease be duplicated in a lab? Is there a vaccine? Can one be made? How fast can iyt be mass produced? Categorize the sick; identify signs/sypmtoms. Inform public frequently but do not cause a panic. How can the sick be treated; who will treat? There is a lot to do as you see....

Nicole,

Here in Ohio, a survey was done in early 2009 at the beginning of the H1N1 outbreak.  The survey was a non-scientific look at EMS preparedness for an outbreak, both from a patient treatment perspective and a continuity of operations view.  It was created to be background material for the Ohio State Board of EMS to give them some idea of what was being done and what still needed to be done.

A Powerpoint was created for the Board and I've uploaded it here.

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