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Efficiency and Effectiveness of Using Nonmedical Staff during an Urgent Mass Prophylaxis Response

Fletcher, M., Puerini, R., Caum, J., and Alles, S.J. (2014). Efficiency and Effectiveness of Using Nonmedical Staff during an Urgent Mass Prophylaxis Response. (Abstract only.) Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. 12(3):151-9.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health tested the readiness of a nonmedical closed point-of-dispensing (POD) site, using a simulated anthrax scenario, to see how rapidly and accurately it could provide medication to its internal population. The authors concluded that nonmedical closed PODs are a valuable strategy during a public health emergency that requires large segments of a population to receive medication rapidly; they also provided related recommendations.
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