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Preparing military installations for pandemic influenza through tabletop exercises.
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PMID:  20108836     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Effective Department of Defense (DoD) response to pandemic influenza requires robust and well-exercised plans at the installation level. This article describes proceedings and key findings from a half-day "train-the-trainer" pandemic influenza tabletop exercise for Tri-Service installation public health emergency officers (PHEOs) at the August 2008 Force Health Protection conference. Exercise participants were expected to facilitate the execution of a pandemic influenza exercise at their respective installations within 6 months of attendance. On a 6-month follow-up survey (N= 50), 68% indicated their installations had since created a new pandemic influenza plan or revised an existing one, whereas 44% indicated that their installation had since conducted a pandemic influenza exercise. Chief reported barriers to conducting installation-level pandemic influenza exercises included competing priorities, followed by time, personnel, and budget limitations. Relevant policy implications for installation-level pandemic influenza readiness include access to higher level plans, strategic utilization of assets to optimize surge capacity, and cross-training of personnel.
Jean Lin Otto; Robert J Lipnick; Jose L Sanchez; Robert F DeFraites; Daniel J Barnett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  175     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-29     Completed Date:  2010-03-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disaster Planning / methods*
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
Government Agencies
Health Plan Implementation / methods*
Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
Military Medicine*

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