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ID
12-508-1144
Name
Public Health and Medical Systems Assessment Team
Status
Published
Version
1.5
Updated
11/19/2019 1:49:49 PM
Original Release
03/14/2008
Last Major Release
11/19/2019
Description
The Public Health and Medical Systems Assessment Team provides immediate and ongoing assessment of public health and medical systems in a disaster-affected community in order to understand current and projected resource needs of the medical and healthcare systems, and to inform the decision-making for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). This team conducts rapid assessment of life safety, health and medical infrastructure, health delivery systems status, and human needs in support of the AHJ. The team reports the results of these assessments and provides guidance to the appropriate local, state, territorial, tribal, or Federal incident management structure.
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Situational Assessment
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
The Public Health and Medical Systems Assessment Team: 1. Collects, analyzes, and reports information to determine requirements for critical resources needed to support emergency response activities within 24-72 hours 2. Evaluates life safety, patient evacuation and repatriation (re-entry), medical continuity planning, surge capacity, medical infrastructure, medical special needs, and logistical requirements 3. Assesses, analyzes, and reports on overall status of the community-wide health and medical systems infrastructure, staff, and systems 4. Coordinates with other teams, such as Rapid Needs Assessment Teams, on assessment issues (developing situation reports, recommending resource requests, compiling data, and developing a common operating picture) 5. Coordinates with relevant state and local personnel, such as State Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8, emergency managers, local healthcare coalitions, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies and systems, and local, county, or state public health officials 6. Integrates with or supports local and state personnel already conducting public health and medical systems assessments
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment of this team 2. Requestor may order additional subject matter experts (SME) appropriate to the incident (in specialty areas such as behavioral health, EMS, infectious disease, fatality management, environmental health, healthcare engineering, and veterinary/agricultural public health) to augment the team as single resources/ Technical Specialists 3. Requestor provides additional details of mission assignment or focus areas requiring special attention 4. The requestor provides support to the team, such as security, fuel, and power for phones, computers, and other rechargeable devices. 5. Requestor may order administrative support for the team separately
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 17
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Public Health and Medical Systems Assessment Team Leader
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAM1. NIMS Type 3 (or higher) Medical Officer may replace the Type 1 Registered Nurse position. 2. The NIMS Type 1 Registered Nurse or NIMS Type 3 (or higher) Medical Officer should have knowledge and experience in the type of public health or medical systems area under assessment. 3. The NIMS Type 1 Registered Nurse or NIMS Type 3 (or higher) Medical Officer, as the clinical member of the team, will conduct assessments from a clinical aspect, interview affected clinical providers, and provide guidance to other team members on clinical impact, potential risks, and solutions to those risks.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 12 – NIMS Type 1 Public Health Data Entry Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 1 Registered Nurse 1 – NIMS Type 1 Public Health Systems Assessment Specialist 2 – NIMS Type 1 Medical Systems Assessment Specialist
ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT PER TEAM MEMBERNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Laptop
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment Per Team MemberThe following standard addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1PPE is mission-specific and may include: 1. Respirators 2. Hard hats 3. Eye protection 4. Protective footwear 5. Masks 6. Hearing protection 7. Disposable latex-free gloves
Communications Equipment Per Team MemberConsider alternate forms of communication, such as satellite phones, based on the mission assignment and team needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11. Cell phone 2. Portable two-way radio
746
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Public Health and Medical Systems Assessment Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Public Health Systems Assessment Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Medical Systems Assessment Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Public Health Data Entry Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Registered Nurse
FEMA, NIMS 509: Medical Officer
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted