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Hospital Preparedness Most Urban Hospitals Have Emergency Plans but Lack Certain Capacities for Bioterrorism Response

By General Accounting Office

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Book Id: WPLBN0000129924
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Hospital Preparedness Most Urban Hospitals Have Emergency Plans but Lack Certain Capacities for Bioterrorism Response  
Author: General Accounting Office
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Accountability in government, United States. General Accounting Office
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection
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Publisher: United States General Accounting Office (Gao)

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Office, G. A. (n.d.). Hospital Preparedness Most Urban Hospitals Have Emergency Plans but Lack Certain Capacities for Bioterrorism Response. Retrieved from http://www.worldebooklibrary.org/


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Excerpt: While most urban hospitals across the country reported participating in basic planning and coordination activities for bioterrorism response, they did not have the medical equipment to handle the number of patients that would be likely to result from a bioterrorist incident. Four out of five hospitals reported having a written emergency response plan addressing bioterrorism, but many plans omitted some key contacts, such as other laboratories. Almost all hospitals reported participating in a local, state, or regional interagency disaster preparedness committee. In addition, most hospitals reported having provided at least some training to their personnel on identification and diagnosis of disease caused by biological agents considered likely to be used in a bioterrorist attack, such as anthrax or botulism. In contrast, fewer than half of hospitals have conducted drills or exercises simulating response to a bioterrorist incident. Hospitals also reported that they lacked the medical equipment necessary for a large influx of patients. For example, if a large number of patients with severe respiratory problems associated with anthrax or botulism were to arrive at a hospital, a comparable number of ventilators would be required to treat them. Yet half of hospitals reported having fewer than six ventilators per 100 staffed beds. In general, larger hospitals reported more planning and training activities than smaller hospitals.

 

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