Hospital discussion guide for pandemic influenza planning
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    Planning for an influenza pandemic is an ongoing process involving many individuals from many public health, healthcare, and emergency response agencies at the federal, state, and community levels. It involves continuous research on and incorporation of lessons learned from actual responses to influenza pandemics and other public health emergencies, simulated exercises and drills, and issues identified in facilitated group discussions. This Hospital Discussion Guide focuses on these group discussions. Target audience: This discussion is designed for a community hospital, with the focus being on those personnel within the hospital for whom pandemic influenza preparedness or response planning is a job responsibility. Objectives: The objectives of this discussion guide are, through group discussion, to: Identify issues associated with response capabilities and resource availability of community hospitals when responding to an influenza pandemic; Develop strategies to address these issues. Flowing from these two objectives is a third objective, which is to incorporate identified strategies into a community hospital's pandemic influenza preparedness or response plans. This objective is to be accomplished outside of the scope of this discussion guide by those who have oversight and management responsibilities for these plans.How to use this tool: This document is an activity-based discussion guide, with that activity being a facilitated discussion of a community's current pandemic influenza planning efforts. The activity is designed for a small participant group (8 to 12 people). Prior to starting the activity, a facilitator should be selected to coordinate and lead the discussion using the pandemic influenza scenario (on page 7) and sets of situation-based questions provided within this guide (on page 9). Discussion questions are based on situations that are divided into two categories: response capabilities and resource availability. It is recommended that participants review and discuss at least three to four sets of situation-based questions, which should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. In addition, the facilitator should prioritize the discussion questions according to the group's needs. (It is recommended that at least two sets of questions from the Response Capabilities category and two sets from the Resource Availability category be selected for discussion.)
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    prepared for Healthcare Preparedness Activity, Division of Strategic National Stockpile, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    January 2013.

    Available via the World Wide Web as an Acrobat .pdf file (140.71 KB, 30 p.).

    This document was prepared for the Healthcare Preparedness Activity, Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by ORISE through an interagency agreement with DOE. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100.

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