Pandemic Preparedness

Lee Eisen, MBCP, MBCI, Senior Consultant

The WHO chart identifies the progression and impact of the strain on a global scale. Allied with that is tracking the bloom (or transmission patterns). There are several sites that provide the transmission patterns AFTER THE FACT.

AFTER THE FACT is the key. As this latest outbreak of H1N1 demonstrated the WHO and CDC statistics and recommendations were outpaced by the disease’s movement. We can no longer just monitor the disease’s progression and wait for the CDC or WHO to declare an emergency. What is called for is a different model for tracking and initiating action.

What is called for are:

* Early action in response to an initial outbreak

* Close monitoring of the disease’s pattern and severity

* Swift action to accelerate or decelerate execution of the plan

This type of planning and execution requires establishing guidelines, trigger points, and a broad corporate understanding of the objectives.

KETCHConsulting is prepared to provide the following services:

* Develop a Governance Structure with guidelines to establish early warning trigger points, monitoring for events that activate those trigger points, and invoke action plans

* Review, and enhance, existing plans; identifying actions that align with early warning trigger points

* Identify additional sites to monitor the disease’s progress

* Develop and conduct corporate education that leaves the client with materials to be reused for ongoing education under the Governance umbrella

* Set up procedures for medical monitoring before the client’s staff enters their facilities and procedures to manage staff who later show symptoms of influenza while at work

* Identify materials, quantities, and suppliers, for protective products and medical monitoring. This includes cleaning supplies, exposure awareness posters, etc. Supplementing these are instructions on “how to use” and “when to use” these products.

* Provide strategies for Tele-working ,as well as, supplemental strategies when the telecom or utility infrastructure is overburdened and can not accommodate all requests for service

CDC is already discussing the probably that H1N1 will lay dormant until autumn when it may re-emerge simultaneously in multiple locations and as a more virulent strain.