The Importance of Portable Suction in Hospital Supply Planning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 21, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The hallmark of a great hospital lies in its ability to consistently deliver high-quality patient care. This can only be possible with the proper resources, including staff, medical equipment and supplies, and physical space.

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Who's Missing From Your Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Team?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 30, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Adequately preparing a hospital to handle a disaster is far from a simple process. Not only are there a multitude of types of disasters that can occur, the coordination of many different departments and disciplines is required.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation

Should Your Emergency Operations Plan Be Natural Disaster-Specific?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 14, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Depending upon where you work as an EMS professional, chances are you’ll respond to a natural disaster at some point in your career. In Florida, it could be a Category Five hurricane. North Dakota, perhaps a record-setting blizzard. California medics could face “the big one” – that catastrophic earthquake many experts say is long overdue. Or if you work in Kansas, where tornadoes are as much a part of summer as hotdogs and fireworks, that F3 could be just on the horizon.

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Auditing Your Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 5, 2016 4:30:00 AM

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Hospital disaster preparedness is so much more than simply writing out a series of steps to be taken in an emergency situation. Instead, once the plan is created, it should be periodically evaluated, tested and updated to mitigate any gaps that are discovered along the way.

 

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Hospital Disaster Preparedness in 2016: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 20, 2016 4:30:00 AM

There is no doubt that we have witnessed many tragic events over the last 12 months. From the recent events in San Bernardino, to the shooting at the Charleston Church, to the attack at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, the devastation caused by mass shootings is apparent. The November attacks in Paris also reminded us that such tragedies occur globally.

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Does Your Hospital Need a Separate Plan for Every Internal Disaster?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 1, 2015 4:30:00 AM

 

An internal disaster can occur in many forms, from a fire in the hospital’s kitchen to a hazardous chemical spill to a bomb threat. With the multitude of potential threats, planning to keep your hospital functioning during these times can be quite a challenge.

 

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

7 Ways Your Hospital Can Prepare for External Disasters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 25, 2015 4:30:00 AM

 

A large fire in the community, a train derailment, a tornado that destroys several homes in town, a bioterrorism attack- these are all examples of external disasters that can bring a sudden influx of patients to your hospital.  Is your hospital ready?

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Hospital Power Loss and Its Impact on Medical Vacuum Failure

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

As we have witnessed through recent natural disasters, hospitals are not immune to power loss. Even a brief disruption in power can affect many critical systems within the hospital. Medical vacuum is one example.

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Finding the Gaps in Your Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

As you know, disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, from a power failure that affects only your facility to an earthquake that sends hundreds of casualties to your Emergency Department. 

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Hospital Disaster Preparation Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In October of 2012, the northeastern United States was slammed with arrival of Superstorm Sandy. As the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season, Sandy wreaked havoc on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and vital infrastructure systems such as power, transportation, and water treatment facilities suffered billions of dollars in damages.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction