NYUHSL Disaster Preparedness Team Progress & News

April 8, 2010

The NYU Health Sciences Libraries Disaster Shelf Collection, part of the Collection Development Policy we developed as part of a grant-funded project by the National Library of Medicine, provides ready reference materials that could be accessed and used quickly by a variety of medical and clinical staff in the event of a disaster or emergency that results in a severely diminished operational capacity (i.e. loss of power or the internet). This collection is not designed to provide comprehensive information but rather accessible, broad overviews and guidance on a variety of medical topics and disciplines, as well as basic logistical information such as Medical Center and New York City telephone directories and printed copies of campus and city and regional maps.

Working with our Disaster Preparedness team and Departments of Emergency Medicine staff, we created the attached list, which will be housed in protective plastic casing and be ready for unforseen emergency use. In addition to a broad range of titles, the books were chosen specifically so that they could be divided into two plastic wheeled totes, with acceptable weight ranges for a variety of body shapes to carry in times of emergencies.

The books and their receptacles will be stored in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Emergency Management Command Center, an ideal location easily accessible to emergency doctors and staff.

To view the books in our collection, please visit: http://sheet.zoho.com/public/nyuhsl/disaster-prep-shelf-collection.

March 12, 2010

On Thursday, March 11, 2010, NYU HSL Acting Director Colleen Cuddy delivered the NYUHSL Disaster Prep team update at the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Specialist Project meeting. Here is the embedded PowerPoint presentation:

NYU HSL Disaster Preparedness Team Update

February 19, 2010

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):

A public health emergency can strain the capacity of hospitals and other traditional venues for medical services. In such emergencies, it may be necessary to select alternate facilities for providing medical care. The report beginning below, and the related interactive computer tools, will help institutions and communities select alternate care facilities and determine which patients to send to them. The two new interactive tools are Disaster Alternate Care Facility Selection Tool and an ancillary tool, Alternate Care Facility Patient Selection Tool; both are available at http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/acfselection/.

The report and tools provide help for community planners in:

•Developing a “concept of operations” manual for a specific iteration of an ACF.
•Determining staffing for an ACF.
•Selecting hospital inpatients that might be eligible for transfer to an ACF.
•Determining equipment and supplies necessary for an ACF, based on expert advice and the experiences of those who have operated ACFs.

To read the full report please visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/acfselection/dacfrep.htm

January 1, 2010
October 30, 2009

On October 22, 2009, NYU Health Sciences Librarian Emily Molanphy attended the Disaster Preparedness Summit in Philadelphia with Sue Hunter from NN/LM MAR. Ms. Hunter hosted an exhibitor table offering information about NLM resources like MedlinePlus and WISER during the summit.

Presentations at the event covered a variety of topics ranging from business continuity and insurance planning to developing an internal emergency response team and making sure all employees know basic safety techniques.

Although some parts of the conference were useful—for example, a discussion of how to communicate with employees and clients in a disaster—some parts were directed at small organizations with little support for their disaster planning activities. This material was not strictly relevant to the team’s role as disaster informationists, although it did point to information needs in this non-medical audience. Attendees seemed to respond positively to the offering of the NN/LM table, where they could take home brochures about different free NLM resources.