New report details bioterror event operations for hospitals

The Dublin-based online publishing house Research and Markets recently announced the release of a new report that details how hospitals can more effectively manage community operations during a bioterrorist event.

“Hospital Planning for Terrorist Disasters: A Community-Wide Program,” written by a various experts, is intended to provide a compliment to official resources, such the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Response Guide, according to

The report has been tailored to the needs of hospital planners seeking to prepare for bioterrorism disasters such as the late September 2001 anthrax mail attacks. Although the number of direct victims in those attacks remained somewhat limited - 22 people were infected and five people died - the public health effects were widespread.

The attacks precipitated a need for a large number of people to receive antibiotic prophylaxis on short notice, and the psychological effects were felt dramatically across the United States. The events of 2001 prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin focusing on emergency operations systems for public health facilities.

“Hospital Planning for Terrorist Disasters: A Community-Wide Program” demonstrates how hospital managers can draw on previously published research and experiences with disaster management, especially with regards to human behavior, to develop a robust emergency preparedness plan, Finance.Yahoo.Com reports.

The research and analysis provided in the new report covers key topics in comprehensive hospital emergency management planning, including crisis mitigation, triage, command systems, security, media relations, surge capacity and decontamination.