Disaster & Mass Casualty Preparedness: Planning for the Anticipated and the Unthinkable

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-19-020-H04-P / 0204-0000-19-020-H04-T
Release Date: June 26, 2019
Expiration Date: June 26, 2022
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available  

Accreditation for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacy managers, pharmacy supply chain managers, pharmacy technicians, and directors of pharmacy.

Activity Overview

This activity will provide the audience with an experience-based development of the pharmacy department emergency preparedness response plan. Two distinct case examples will be shared along with procedure and infrastructure development to help the audience become better equipped and prepared for significant natural disasters or unplanned mass casualty events. Emphasis will be placed on experience-based vulnerabilities that must be overcome to develop a highly reliable emergency preparedness program.  The presenters will share their expertise on managing the real-life challenges they faced and describe practical ways to deal with them.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the role of hospital and health system pharmacy in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Discuss examples of planned and unplanned emergencies - identifying the associated challenges and ways to mitigate their impact on hospital operations and maintaining continuity of care.
  • Describe practical strategies to overcome system weaknesses in order to continue providing patient care during disasters.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Role of hospital and health system pharmacy in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Identifying the associated challenges and ways to mitigate their impact on hospital operations and maintaining continuity of care.
  • Practical strategies to overcome system weaknesses in order to continue providing patient care during disasters

Faculty Information

  • Kara L. Birrer, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neurocritical Care Pharmacy Services, Orlando Regional Medical Center / Orlando Health, Orlando, FL
  • Heather G. Easterling, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Administrator of Pharmacy Services, Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center, Director, Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency, Clinical Associate Dean for Medical Center Affairs College of Pharmacy, Charleston, SC
  • Kuldip R. Patel, Pharm.D., Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer, Duke University Hospital, Department of Pharmacy, Durham, NC

Faculty Disclosures

In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Claim your CE at http://elearning.ashp.org. Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.

System Technical Requirements

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