Pandemic influenza and major disease outbreak preparedness in US emergency departments: a survey of medical directors and department chairs.

TitlePandemic influenza and major disease outbreak preparedness in US emergency departments: a survey of medical directors and department chairs.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMorton, MJ, Kirsch, TD, Rothman, RE, Byerly, MM, Hsieh, Y-H, McManus, JG, Kelen, GD
JournalAmerican journal of disaster medicine
Volume4
Issue4
Pagination199-206
Date Published2009 Jul-Aug
ISSN1932-149X
KeywordsAttitude of Health Personnel, Cross-Sectional Studies, Disaster Planning, Disease Outbreaks, Emergency Service, Hospital, Health Care Surveys, Hospitals, University, Humans, Influenza, Human, Physician Executives, Practice Guidelines as Topic, United States
Abstract

To quantify the readiness of individual academic emergency departments (EDs) in the United States for an outbreak of pandemic influenza. METHODS, DESIGN, AND SETTING: Cross-sectional assessment of influenza pandemic preparedness level of EDs in the United States via survey of medical directors and department chairs from the 135 academic emergency medicine departments in the United States. Preparedness assessed using a novel score of 15 critical preparedness indicators. Data analysis consisted of summary statistics, chi2, and ANOVA.

Alternate JournalAm J Disaster Med