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Application of emergency preparedness principles to a pharmacy department’s approach to a “black swan” event: the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waldron KM, Schenkat DH, Rao KV, et al. Am J Health-Syst Pharmacy. 2021;78(7):552-555.

Health systems have needed to rapidly adapt processes to optimize safe care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article describes one pharmacy department’s experience integrating emergency preparedness and disaster management principles during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the use of a department-specific incident command and delineation of responsibilities among pharmacy leadership (e.g., who monitors PPE inventory, medication distribution, workflows).