Being prepared from Day One of an outbreak
Healthcare facilities play a critical role in moderating the impact of an infectious disease outbreak or pandemic event. Stockpiling of PPE and other necessary supplies is an important step toward being prepared to respond quickly. Prompt identification and isolation of patients, healthcare workers, or visitors who may be infected with influenza is also critical to minimize the risk of healthcare associated transmission and to enable an efficient public health response.
Stockpiling Medical Supplies
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that healthcare facilities consider stockpiling enough consumable and durable supplies for the duration of a pandemic wave, estimated to be eight weeks.10 Due to the global "just-in-time" inventory system that many hospitals employ, stockpiling these items now and increasing par levels is the best method of ensuring that your facility will have the necessary resources in the event of a large scale patient surge.
- Hand Hygiene Supplies (antimicrobial soap and
alcohol-based, waterless hand hygiene products)
- Disposable N95 Respirators, Surgical and Procedure Masks
- Face Shields (disposable or reusable)
- Facial Tissue
- Central Line Kits
- Morgue Packs
- Surface Disinfectants
- Respiratory Care Equipment
- IV Pumps
Use our convenient on-line tool to determine how much Personal Protective Equipment you'll need to have on hand to be ready for an infectious disease outbreak or pandemic event.
What else can you do now to prepare?
- Train hospital staff and enforce adherence to infection control guidelines.
- Institute Respiratory Etiquette hospital wide; this will help train your staff and patient community now, while the need isn't quite as critical.
- Begin developing elements of the HHS preparedness checklist.
- Research what state resources may be available to you.