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Hospital “Self‐Prophylaxis”: Strategies for Efficient Protection of the Workforce in the Face of Infectious Disease Threats

Wei Xiong , PhD, Eric Hollingsworth , BS, Jack Muckstadt , PhD, Jaclyn Van Lieu Vorenkamp , MD, MPH, Eliot J. Lazar , MD, MBA, Nicholas V. Cagliuso, Sr. , MPH and Nathaniel Hupert , MD, MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 5 (May 2007), pp. 618-621
DOI: 10.1086/516659
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/516659
Page Count: 4
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Hospital “Self‐Prophylaxis”: Strategies for Efficient Protection of the Workforce in the Face of Infectious Disease Threats
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Abstract

Hospital preparedness for nosocomial or community‐wide outbreaks of communicable disease includes the capability for rapid, self‐reliant administration of prophylaxis to its workforce, with the goal of minimal disruption of patient care, here called hospital “self‐prophylaxis.” We created a new discrete‐event simulation model of a hypothetical hospital wing to compare the operational charateristics of standard single‐line, “first‐come, first‐served” dispensing clinics with those of 2 staff management strategies that can dramatically reduce staff waiting time while centralizing dispensing around existing pharmacy‐distribution points.

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