Every location has been set-up via map ahead of time by Health and Human Services Agency staff. The set-up that is to be used will be decided based on the type of emergency and the number of people that need to get through the POD. That map will be given to you so that you know where everything goes during POD operation. If anything is changed you will need to make a note of it.
There are four basic ways to set up a POD.
- A Clinical Model is used when there are ample amounts of time to get medications to patients (It is reminiscent of visiting the doctor's office).
- Express Models are developed for when high patient flow through a POD is required to meet the needs of the area (i.e. we have a very limited amount of time to get medication to our population).
- The Self-Screening Model is helpful where there are few volunteers to staff the POD and there is a medical urgency to get medications or vaccines to persons in a shortened time frame. Patients segregate themselves through the use of signage and lines into groups for medication dispensing.
- A Drive-Thru is designed so that patients do not have to exit their vehicle to receive medications.
Command staff on site may choose to change the layout of a POD if the set-up is not functioning efficiently. The Health and Human Services Agency may contact the POD and ask them to set-up according to a different layout to assist in patient throughput in high traffic areas.
If you are part of a relief shift at the POD try to familiarize yourself with all of the items listed so that no matter what job you are asked to fill, you know where everything is and how this POD is functioning. If the previous shift has made changes to the layout, be sure to make a note of it on your map since the maps are of the original layout.