The ability to deliver optimal medical care in the setting of a disaster event, regardless of its cause, will in large part be contingent on an immediately available supply of key medical equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. Although the Department of Health and Human Services Strategic National Stockpile program makes these available through its 12-hour “push packs” and vendor-managed inventory, every local community should be funded to create a local cache for these items. This report explores the funding requirements for this suggested approach. Furthermore, the response to a surge in demand for care will be contingent on keeping available staff close to the hospitals for a sustained period. A proposal for accomplishing this, with associated costs, is discussed as well.
Hanfling, D. (2006). Equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals: how much might it cost to achieve basic surge capacity?. Academic Emergency Medicine, 13: 1232–1237. doi: 10.1197/j.aem.2006.03.567