ASPR TRACIE Exchange: Volume 6
February 2018
Focus: Evacuating Healthcare Facilities and Patients

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New Year greetings from the ASPR TRACIE team! We hope your year began on a positive note. In the final months of 2017, several areas of the U.S. experienced unprecedented damage from historic wildfires and hurricanes. Many healthcare facilities had to make the very challenging decision to evacuate, including an unprecedented number of dialysis patients. In this issue of The Exchange, authors from the private sector and federal, regional, and local levels share lessons learned from their recent evacuation experiences. The articles in this issue include insights from a broad range of authors:

  • Joshua Weil, Mitch Saruwatari, and Skip Skivington (Kaiser Permanente) share their personal and professional experiences evacuating a hospital in the midst of the California wildfires. 
  • Federal employees Andy Stevermer, Selena Ready, and Victor Harper discuss lessons learned from a federal (dialysis) patient movement perspective after Hurricane Maria.
  • ASPR TRACIE interviewed Bill Numbers (Fresenius Medical Care) to discuss lessons learned from their work with the federal government, clinics, and dialysis patients before, during, and after recent disasters.
  • Todd Senters (Baptist Beaumont Hospital) shares how staff in his facility worked tirelessly to care for existing patients (and those who were dropped off by helicopter) just prior to having to evacuate due a breach in Beaumont’s water pumps.
  • ASPR TRACIE interviewed Lori Upton (SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council) to learn about the coalition’s role in regional healthcare facility evacuation after Hurricane Harvey.

Access previous issues of The Exchange to learn more about crisis standards of care, cybersecurity, preparing for and responding to no-notice events, disaster behavioral health, and the future of the emergency healthcare field.


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Register Now: Pediatric Issues in Disasters 
Join your colleagues on Tuesday, February 13, from 1:00-2:30 ET for a webinar featuring pediatric professionals at the federal, state, regional, and local levels sharing tangible examples and best practices of how to integrate pediatric issues in healthcare preparedness plans, trainings, and exercises. Due to high interest in this webinar, space is extremely limited; register now! If registration is closed, email us and we will send you the link to the recording within 24 hours of webinar completion. Click here to access past ASPR TRACIE webinars and videos. 
Domain Updates
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There are currently 52 comprehensively developed Topic Collections in the Technical Resources domain, including the most recently released collections on Healthcare Coalition Response and Electronic Health Records. We also recently updated our Pre-Hospital Decontamination and Hospital Victim Decontamination Topic Collections to highlight The Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM) series. 
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The Assistance Center has processed over 2,850 technical assistance (TA) requests from a variety of stakeholders. You can also access the updated, categorized summary of many of the requests we have received. New to ASPR TRACIE? Click the red New User button at the top of each page to maximize your visit. 
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Close to 4,100 of your colleagues use the Information Exchange—do you? Register now to gain access. ASPR TRACIE is providing a platform for users to exchange information on two survey requests received from healthcare preparedness partners. Information on the Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness healthcare facility emergency and disaster incidents and lessons learned survey can be found here. Information on the Nursing in Emergency Preparedness survey can be found here. ASPR TRACIE is not affiliated with these surveys and will not be collecting or viewing this data.
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