About the Healthcare System Preparedness Program (HSPP)
The threat of Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) or Medical Surges to the nation’s hospitals and healthcare system has always been present. For many trauma systems and emergency departments, it is simply part of normal day-to-day operations. Preparing hospitals, healthcare systems and their Emergency Support Function #8 partners to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from these threats is critical for protecting and securing our nation’s healthcare system and public health infrastructure.
The Minnesota Healthcare System Preparedness Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Recovery (ASPR). Funding through June 30, 2017 will be used to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.
Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities:
Capability 1: Healthcare System Preparedness - the required steps for planning, equipping, training, exercising, and evaluating activities are defined by the objectives and supporting resources that are needed to be prepared. It is a continuous cycle to ensure effective coordination during incident response
Capability 2: Healthcare System Recovery - encompasses both short-term and long-term efforts for the rebuilding and revitalization of affected communities. Recovery planning builds stakeholder partnerships that lead to community restoration and future sustainability and resiliency.
Capability 3: Emergency Operations Coordination –a process to reduce the physical, psychological, social, and economic effects of an incident. Response planning provides rapid and disciplined incident assessment to ensure a quickly scalable, adaptable, and flexible response.
Capability 5: Fatality Management - a process that occurs in the community and is led by agencies dependent on the state in which the incident occurs. It must be incorporated in the surveillance and intelligence sharing networks to identify sentinel cases of bioterrorism and other public health threats.
Capability 6: Information Sharing - provides durable, reliable, and effective information exchanges between those responsible for gathering information and the analysts and consumers of threat-related information.
Capability 10: Medical Surge - the capability to rapidly expand the capacity of existing healthcare system in order to provide triage and subsequent medical care.
Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health – identifies the critical resources needed to ensure that healthcare workers are protected from all hazards.
Capability 15: Volunteer Management - the capability to effectively coordinate the use of volunteers in support of domestic incident management. The goal is to use volunteers to augment incident operations.
Note: Capability 4, 7 – 9, 11-13 are Public Health Preparedness Capabilities only.