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    Default Need justification and backup for facility expansion

    As I thought I would have to, I now have to provide justification and backup for an expanded decontamination facility for our new ED which is in design.

    I have designed the outside gross decon showers and inside detail decon showers to handle a wild *** guess of 100 victims per hour. This is the rub.

    The designers want me to justify this number as cost of construction may become an issue.

    I have searched everywhere to find some formula or way to justfiy how many victims is a reasonable number to plan for. There is no magic formula.

    Do any of you have a believable method of determining and justifying the number of victims that you plan for.


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    If you are a JACOH (or whatever alphabet soup they use now) accredited hospital, look at their requirements. I believe we had to come up with a plan to decon something like 2000 people for our last inspection.

    Will your showers be basically "self decon" or does your plan require attendant help in the process?

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    Unfortunately, JACHO only requires a "plan that identifies facilites for radiactive or chemical isloation and decontamination". The plan doesn't offer suggestions on the number to plan for.

    SARA Title III requires a facility for handling decontamination, but again doesn't offer the number to plan for.

    COBRA requires the same but doesn't offer a number.


    The problem is that no one can really give a justifiable formula or number of victims that "may" have to be handled.

    It is hard enough fighting for a decent facility, but it is even harder fighting the attitude that we don't need a large facility because "it hasn't happened here".

    My decon team consists of 25 personnel, half of which are certified for hospital decon.

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