Pandemic Planning: Stockpiling Essential Medical Supplies

Your role in pandemic planning

 

Healthcare facilities play a critical role in moderating the impact of a pandemic. Prompt identification and isolation of patients, healthcare workers, or visitors who may be infected with influenza is critical to minimise the risk of healthcare associated transmission and to enable an efficient public health response.

Preparing for seasonal and pandemic flu  

The prospect of preparing for a pandemic can seem overwhelming, but there are steps you can begin to take now, including consideration of stockpiling essential consumable and durable medical supplies.

To ensure your facility has the requisite amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on hand for flu season:

  • Assess the exposure risks for each job role and task at your facility
  • Categorise the risks as very high, high, medium or low
  • Determine what mix of PPE is required for each task.1, 2

In order to have an adequate supply of each type of PPE, you need to estimate the frequency of each task and procedure and estimate the number of employees who fall into each category.

For pandemic flu, while the mix of PPE required is similar to seasonal flu, the necessary quantities may be significantly different as the duration of the pandemic may be longer. In the case of a pandemic, more employees may be at high risk. Increased respiratory protection (such as N95 respirators) may be required in addition to isolation gowns, to protect from blood and bodily fluids. It is also important to remember that vaccines may not be immediately available which will increase exposure risks and PPE needs.

For assistance with stockpiling, please refer to our Stockpile Calculator, and work with your Account Manager to ensure suitable measures are in place for your facility.

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1. CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/ppe/supplies.html
2. OSHA Website: Frequently Asked Questions on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers 
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/pandemicinfluenza/pandemic_health.html

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