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Table 1 Break down of results on Preparedness of Hospitals in the Republic of Ireland for an Influenza Pandemic, an Infection Control Perspective

From: Preparedness of Hospitals in the Republic of Ireland for an Influenza Pandemic, an Infection Control Perspective

Pandemic emergency preparedness Small hospitals compliance Medium hospitals compliance Large hospitals Total percentage compliance Total number of hospitals
Existence of emergency planning committee 50 % (n = 4) 94 % (n = 17) 90 % (n = 18) 85 % (n = 39) 39
Hospitals with an emergency planning committee, percentage of committees which included in their scope planning for an influenza pandemic     79 % 36
Percentage of emergency planning committees which include planning for influenza pandemic 62 % (n = 5) 72 % (n = 13) 65 % (n = 13) 67 % 31
Percentage of hospitals which participated in an emergency plan or infectious disease exercise in the past 12 months 25 % (n = 2) 40 % (n = 7) 35 % (n = 16) 35 % 16
Percentage of hospitals which involve community participation when conducting an emergency plan     15 % 5
Percentage of hospitals who compiled lessons learnt from emergency exercises carried out     40 % 15
Percentage of hospitals who educated staff on revisions made to emergency response plans     36 % 16
Percentage of emergency plans which include a surge capacity plan to incorporate additional staffing resources 12.5 % (n = 1) 29 % (n = 5) 37 % (n = 7) 30 % 13
Percentage of hospitals who have plans or been involved in local planning efforts to care for patients at non-health care facilities     30 % 14
Percentage of hospitals who have incentives to encourage HCW’s to continue to come to work in the event of a major infectious disease outbreak/disaster 25 % (n = 2) 22 % (n = 4) 20 % (n = 4) 22 % 10
Airborne isolation      
Percentage of hospitals who have enough airborne isolation capabilities and capacity to meet current needs 62 % (n = 5) 50 % (n = 9) 50 % (n = 10) 52 % 24
Percentage of hospitals who have an interim emergency plan for addressing airborne isolation capacity for an outbreak of prolonged airborne-spread disease to safely house patients on an emergency temporary basis 12 % (n = 1) 72 % (n = 13) 55 % (n = 11) 54 % 25
Percentage of hospitals who have sufficient plans to safely house patients during a major airborne-spread disease outbreak 12 % (n = 1) 41 % (n = 7) 45 % (n = 9) 38 % 17
Staffing      
Percentage of hospitals who have cross trained staff to treat an influx of influenza patients 12 % (n = 1) 28 % (n = 5) 15 % (n = 3) 26 % 12
Percentage of hospitals who have cross-trained staff to provide patient care outside their routine area or speciality 12 % (n = 1) 28 % (n = 5) 15 % (n = 3) 20 % 9
Percentage of hospitals who have developed policies or procedures to provide altered standards of care during a pandemic     35 % 16
Percentage of hospitals who have plans for instituting a ‘working quarantine’ for staff     20 % 9
Vaccine administration      
Percentages of hospitals who have a plan to prioritise hospital workers to receive vaccines in the event of an infectious emergency     65 % 30
Stockpile of supplies      
Percentage of hospital who have taken measures to stockpile linen, gowns, masks and other supplies 12 % (n = 1) 72 % (n = 13) 47 % (n = 9) 51 % 23
Existence of emergency planning committee 50 % (n = 4) 94 % (n = 17) 90 % (n = 18) 85 % (n = 39) 39
Hospitals with an emergency planning committee, percentage of committees which included in their scope planning for an influenza pandemic     79 % 36
Percentage of emergency planning committees which include planning for influenza pandemic 62 % (n = 5) 72 % (n = 13) 65 % (n = 13) 67 % 31
Percentage of hospitals which participated in an emergency plan or infectious disease exercise in the past 12 months 25 % (n = 2) 40 % (n = 7) 35 % (n = 16) 35 % 16
Percentage of hospitals which involve community participation when conducting an emergency plan     15 % 5
Percentage of hospitals who compiled lessons learnt from emergency exercises carried out     40 % 15
Percentage of hospitals who educated staff on revisions made to emergency response plans     36 % 16
Percentage of emergency plans which include a surge capacity plan to incorporate additional staffing resources 12.5 % (n = 1) 29 % (n = 5) 37 % (n = 7) 30 % 13
Percentage of hospitals who have plans or been involved in local planning efforts to care for patients at non-health care facilities     30 % 14
Percentage of hospitals who have incentives to encourage HCW’s to continue to come to work in the event of a major infectious disease outbreak/disaster 25 % (n = 2) 22 % (n = 4) 20 % (n = 4) 22 % 10
Airborne isolation      
Percentage of hospitals who have enough airborne isolation capabilities and capacity to meet current needs 62 % (n = 5) 50 % (n = 9) 50 % (n = 10) 52 % 24
Percentage of hospitals who have an interim emergency plan for addressing airborne isolation capacity for an outbreak of prolonged airborne-spread disease to safely house patients on an emergency temporary basis 12 % (n = 1) 72 % (n = 13) 55 % (n = 11) 54 % 25
Percentage of hospitals who have sufficient plans to safely house patients during a major airborne-spread disease outbreak 12 % (n = 1) 41 % (n = 7) 45 % (n = 9) 38 % 17
Staffing      
Percentage of hospitals who have cross trained staff to treat an influx of influenza patients 12 % (n = 1) 28 % (n = 5) 15 % (n = 3) 26 % 12
Percentage of hospitals who have cross-trained staff to provide patient care outside their routine area or speciality 12 % (n = 1) 28 % (n = 5) 15 % (n = 3) 20 % 9
Percentage of hospitals who have developed policies or procedures to provide altered standards of care during a pandemic     35 % 16
Percentage of hospitals who have plans for instituting a ‘working quarantine’ for staff     20 % 9
Vaccine administration      
Percentages of hospitals who have a plan to prioritise hospital workers to receive vaccines in the event of an infectious emergency     65 % 30
Stockpile of supplies      
Percentage of hospital who have taken measures to stockpile linen, gowns, masks and other supplies 12 % (n = 1) 72 % (n = 13) 47 % (n = 9) 51 % 23