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Products and equipment

Introduction

Emergency preparedness planning requires a wide variety of supplies, equipment and resources, including personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination equipment, and training. Planning should include collaborating with local emergency planning committees, local/state public health departments, and area hospitals to determine the supplies, equipment, and resources each healthcare facility needs to handle a disaster.

Basic emergency planning for supplies does not mean stockpiling within the facility. A taskforce with representatives from the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), and other key organizations has persuaded federal agencies to use existing supply channels, rather than facility-level stockpiles, to support hospitals in an emergency. (See Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 17 Critical Benchmarks for Bioterrorism Preparedness.) The consensus among hospital and industry groups is that the medical supply chain is capable of providing emergency responders with the necessary tools in the event of a disaster, and that relying on existing supply channels for emergency preparedness is a better solution than facility-level stockpiling.

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Premier products and contracted suppliers

Many products generally available and routinely used in healthcare facilities may also be used in emergency preparedness/safety planning. Other specialized items – for example, Level C equipment like powered respirators – are used primarily in emergency preparedness. The Safety Institute's emergency preparedness products file lists products and equipment that may be considered when developing an emergency preparedness supply inventory. This file is intended to serve only as an example and may not include all items and contracted suppliers that should be considered. Premier members should consult Premier's Supply Chain Advisor for detailed information on the products in each contract.

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Products and equipment for emergency preparedness

Healthcare facilities purchase many of the supplies and materials needed for safety and emergency preparedness on a regular basis from a variety of companies. Some of these routine supplies may also be designated for a disaster supply inventory. In addition, emergency preparedness requires specialized equipment and supplies. Many companies with comprehensive emergency-preparedness, safety-related equipment offer catalogs, some of which are available online.

Product categories

The following table provides some sample categories and subcategories of search terms that may be useful in locating specific healthcare products, equipment, and training services for emergency preparedness.

Safety catalog search terms by categories and subcategories
Category Subcategories
Apparel – Personal or protective clothing Eye, face, head, foot, hearing protection;
respiratory protection
Personal protective equipment (PPE)  
PPE response kits
(A, B, C, D)
Example: first responder level C kit
Clinical diagnostics Clinical diagnostics; sample collection/transportation; swabs, wipes
Decontamination Spill control
Detection; monitoring Detection instruments; personal alarm kits; gas detection instruments
Fire equipment Extinguishers
First aid Blankets, kits
Mail handling products Powder-free gloves, bags
Monitoring  
Operations; traffic safety Crowd control, flashlights, signs, barricades
Safety First aid, personal protection
Surge capacity Temporary negative pressure units
Training resources Health & training services; respiratory protection training, hearing and biological screening

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Online catalogs

Following are links to some online catalogs from companies/distributors with healthcare safety-related products that may be useful in emergency preparedness. Please note that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive.

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General resources

Following are selected online resources addressing safety-related building, equipment and supply needs.

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