The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a guide entitled Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: the Essentials. It is an abridged and updated version of the original guide, which was published in 2007.
The guide includes material on influenza pandemic preparedness in order to apply the principles, and this section has links to influenza-specific resources such as training guides, guidelines, checklists, and similar material for hospitals, alternative care sites, and other health services. The guide also discusses ethical and legal issues.
With respect to the vaccine for the novel H1N1 influenza, recent studies have shown that children 9 and under will need two shots, while children 10 and over will need only one shot.
We have updated the Vaccine Allocation Model to reflect this new data. In Version 3.0, one can set the number of doses per person for each target group separately. Thus, one can specify the number of children 9 and under and their need for 2 shots per child and enter the number of children 10 and over and their need for only 1 shot per child. The population of other target groups can be entered as well.
The Vaccine Allocation Model is intended to help public health officials determine how many persons in different target groups can receive treatment. This software, implemented in a Microsoft Excel workbook, is provided free of charge for use by public health emergency preparedness planners. Go to the model download page to get the model and its user guide.
CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is looking for state and local SNS planners to help test the beta version of a new release of TourSolver. Toursolver can be used to find optimal truck routes for delivering medication to PODs. Anyone interested in being a beta tester should contact Rick Pietz at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a testing session.
The INFORMS podcast site now has a podcast by Sheldon Jacobson that discusses the role of operations research to improve the definition of vaccines and the delivery of medication.