Report outlines planning by hospitals for bioterror

Financial and capacity shortfalls have hospitals concerned about being overwhelmed by a major bioterrorism attack, even though they are devoting significant resources to prepare for possible attacks.

That’s the conclusion of a white paper from the La Jolla, CA-based Governance Institute, an organization of health care executives and trustees. The report describes how hospitals are reconfiguring their triage areas, ambulance bays, ventilation systems, and even surgical masks to prepare for bioterrorism incidents.

A supplement to the paper contains a checklist for action related to bioterrorism. The report is available for $7 by calling (858) 551-0144.