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Being logistically prepared for an influenza pandemic
Critical to any healthcare professional’s pandemic preparedness is an understanding of the disease’s processes and how it can affect a population. Administrators and healthcare logistics professionals must be prepared to assist, as necessary, in risk mitigation through advance planning, demand forecasting and provision of support services once the crisis occurs. Healthcare administrative personnel and other emergency management professionals should begin their preparation by asking specific questions related to organisational readiness. While the rest of the world reacts to the impending pandemic with a degree of fatalistic apathy, healthcare logistics professionals must be determined to engage, continuously, effective countermeasures to help mitigate significant losses and the degradation of people’s health.
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Jerry D. Vanvactor is an active duty healthcare logistician in the US Army medical service corps. He is a doctor of health administration and holds masters degrees in business administration and healthcare management. Dr VanVactor has served with distinction in the US military since 1989 in many healthcare and supply-chain management roles.
CitationVanvactor, Jerry D. (2008, October 1). Being logistically prepared for an influenza pandemic. In the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, Volume 3, Issue 1.