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Determining Hospital Supply Needs and Likely Usage During an Incident


The Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals (DASH) Tool ( is a web-based interactive planning tool to help hospital emergency planners and supply chain staff estimate supplies that may need to be immediately available during various mass casualty incidents (MCI) and infectious disease emergencies. DASH was developed by ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) in collaboration with Healthcare Ready, Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem, and other subject matter experts. DASH recommends par levels for specific supplies that acute care hospitals may need to have on hand to respond to a disaster in their community until resupplied.  


Recommendations are based on user inputs about the size of the hospital, risks in the community, regional role/designation of the hospital, and other factors. DASH is comprised of the following four modules which, taken together, can provide hospitals a holistic view of the supplies needed to address various types of incidents:  

o    Hospital Pharmacy- estimates supplies of medications a hospital should have in its pharmacy to meet seriously injured patients needs for 48 hours following an MCI.  

o    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)- estimates minimum PPE needed by hospital personnel managing patients suspected or known to be infected with a special pathogen and for pandemic planning. 

o    Burn - estimates supplies needed to care for critical burn patients (an average 40% burn surface area) for the first 48 hours after a burn incident. 

o    Trauma Supply- estimates supplies needed to care for seriously injured trauma patients for the first 48 hours after an MCI.  


Speakers will demonstrate the DASH Tool and discuss how it can be used by hospital planners and healthcare coalitions (HCCs) in their supply chain planning and preparedness efforts and to better understand local and regional capacities.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Lehman, Acting Director, ASPR TRACIE

Rachel Lehman is currently the Acting Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). She previously she served as an analyst in ASPR’s Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection where she led communications, helped manage the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Partnership, and worked on all-hazards risk assessment for the healthcare sector. 

Jennifer Nieratko, MPH, ICF TRACIE Special Programs Lead

Jennifer Nieratko is a member of the ICF contract team supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). As ASPR TRACIE’s Special Projects Lead since 2016, her work focuses on advancing healthcare system readiness for highly pathogenic infectious diseases and improving understanding of the role of various healthcare settings in healthcare surge preparedness and response. Previous projects at ICF included developing emergency response plans for a large county health department, providing mission support to the Department of Homeland Security program responsible for regulating security at high-risk chemical facilities, supporting workshops and other exercises, and serving as an on-site consultant supporting implementation of various aspects of the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ public health preparedness portfolio. Before joining ICF, she spent nearly five years working on public health preparedness at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Prior to focusing on healthcare and public health readiness, Ms. Nieratko worked on a broad range of health and human services policy issues in the US Congress and for a national medical specialty society. She has an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Katherine Reisbig, Clinical Services Pharmacy Manager, Nebraska Medicine

Katie Reisbig, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha Nebraska. She oversees clinical pharmacists & technicians practicing in Hospital Pharmacy, with a focus on specialty care areas such as Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Pediatrics, etc. Her clinical practice background includes Emergency Medicine Pharmacy, IT Pharmacy, Medication Safety, and now Pharmacy Leadership. Katie also serves as a pharmacist with the Midwest-1 DMAT team, and has recently supported missions for COVID relief, national COVID therapeutic launches, and Hurricane Ian.

Katie serves her organization in disaster preparedness planning and exercises for the pharmacy division. She also has been a long-time member of the Omaha Metro Healthcare Coalition Pharmacy Committee, and works to support the regional emergency pharmacy preparedness in partnership with the broader committee. Katie has supported patient care clinically and administratively for disaster and emergency response, and thus has also served in preparedness efforts by incorporating lessons learned from drill and live experiences.

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