Pandemic Influenza: Rapid Response Required Table-top Exercise
Table-top Exercise • Introductions • Unfolding Scenarios • Avian Influenza Mutates • Pandemic Influenza Emerges • Pandemic Influenza Spreads • Evaluation
Key Areas of Planning & Response Healthcare Surveillance Antivirals Diagnostics Vaccination Infection Control Mitigation Workforce
Tabletop Exercise Goal • Identify the relationships between Public Health and healthcare providers necessary to recognize and respond to pandemic influenza and detect the first case in Alabama.
Specific Objectives • Identify the joint response capabilities between Public Health and healthcare providers in 3 key response categories: • Surveillance & Epidemiology • Specimen Collection • Laboratory Procedures
Issue Areas • Improve reporting and detection of pandemic influenza. • Increase ability for timely investigation and response. • Increase capacity to rapidly respond to a pandemic threat.
Ground Rules • Participate in your usual daily role. • Your input may come from your own opinions and/or the policies of your facility.
Expectations • No organization is fully prepared for this type of public health emergency. • Open and honest dialog and feedback are encouraged.
Expectations • Participants should feel free to ask questions of one another and challenge each other’s assumptions. • No one will be singled out for what they say during the exercise. • You will act on what you learn.
Unfolding Scenario 1 Avian Influenza Mutates Late Breaking Avian Influenza News Video
Points of Discussion The time for this virus to reach the US will be short… • What specific tasks can Public Health and healthcare providers carry out to step up surveillance in a way commensurate with the threat?
Unfolding Scenario 2Pandemic Influenza Emerges Late Breaking Pandemic Influenza News Video
Points of Discussion • What specific tasks should Public Health and healthcare providers engage in to prepare for the outbreak before it reaches Alabama?
Unfolding Scenario 3Pandemic Influenza Spreads Late Breaking Pandemic Influenza News Video
From Detection to Management • Rapid response is critical to detect first cases of pandemic influenza. • Surveillance of cases ends. • Surveillance of fatalities begins.
Evaluate Your Role in Rapid Response • What are the biggest gaps or challenges in preparedness you see resulting from this exercise? • Which problem areas should be deemed highest priority?
Points of Discussion • Outline a plan for how you might begin to make improvements to your response. • What initial steps can you take?
Final Comment • Thanks for your participation • Feedback will be incorporated into action plan