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Recommended infrastructure standards for mass antibiotic dispensing

Recommended infrastructure standards for mass antibiotic dispensing

Nelson, Christopher D

Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $7 billion to enhance state and local preparedness for bioterrorism attacks, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and other large-scale public health emergencies. A central component of this effort involves the ability to dispense antibiotics and other life-saving medical countermeasures to large populations under short timelines. This report presents recommended standards for points of dispensing (or PODs), locations where the public would receive life-saving antibiotics or other medical countermeasures during a large-scale public health emergency. The standards, which are designed to apply to widely divergent jurisdictions, rely on expert panel evaluations, current POD planning practices, and computer-modeled scenarios

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Health 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Christopher Nelson [and others]
ISBN: 0833060066, 9780833060068
Note: Title from PDF cover.
Note: "Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and was carried out within the RAND Health Center for Domestic and International Health Security."
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Series: Technical report
Subject: Epidemics United States.; United States.; Mass Casualty Incidents prevention & control.; United States. Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.; Anti-Bacterial Agents supply & distribution.; Civil Defense standards.; Disaster Planning standards.; Disease Outbreaks prevention & control.; Emergency management United States.; Antibiotics.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation)
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Approach to Standards Development
  3. Recommended Standards on the Number and Location of PODs
  4. Recommended Standards for Internal POD Operations
  5. Recommended Standards for POD Staffing
  6. Recommended Standards on POD Security
  7. Next Steps
  8. Appendix A: Instrument for Data Collection from CRI Sites
  9. Appendix B: List of Panelists
  10. Appendix C: Location Modeling and Analysis
  11. Appendix D: Modeling and Analysis of POD Operations and Staffing.