Association publishes pandemic flu guide

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has published the first installment of Planning today for a pandemic tomorrow, a guide that hospitals can use to develop or assess a pandemic flu response plan. The guide includes the following topics:

  • medical supplies;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • surgical supplies;
  • patient comfort supplies;
  • laundry;
  • food services;
  • housekeeping;
  • morgue;
  • transportation services;
  • laboratory;
  • radiology;
  • respiratory therapy and care;
  • waste removal;
  • central sterilization;
  • vendor listing.

It will address critical planning areas such as clinical care, communication, ethics, finance, human resources, leadership, operations and supplies. The first installment, or module, addresses supplies, logistics and support services. Other modules will be posted online over the coming months.

"Our objective was to develop a resource tool that would allow hospitals to drill down to a planning level that would give greater assurance of continuity of care during emergencies. But the modules can be used in many health care settings," said Valerie Sellers, NJHA's vice president of health planning, in a prepared statement.

The first installment and more detailed information about the guide can be found at www.njha.com/qualityinstitute/supplies.aspx. For additional information about the contents of this guide, contact NJHA's Health Planning Department at (609) 275-4020.