Preparing for Airway Emergencies During Tracheostomies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 27, 2022 6:15:00 AM

 

Many people, from infants and children to adults with certain medical conditions, rely on tracheostomies for breathing assistance. A tracheostomy — which involves placing a tube through the front of the neck into the windpipe (trachea) to provide an air passage — is necessary in many cases, but it can also come with various risks and airway management concerns for patients and their providers. 

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Five Common Mistakes That Are Made During a Respiratory Assessment

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 17, 2022 8:00:00 AM


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Providing Emergency Services Through a Disaster

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 6, 2022 8:25:20 AM

 

Though your team may have a general disaster preparedness plan that you can fall back on if a tornado were to strike, or if a large flood were to inundate surrounding communities, how often do you evaluate this plan and the effectiveness of the disaster resources, protocols and equipment you have in place? 

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What are the Long-Term Health Consequences of Natural Disasters?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 14, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Media depictions of natural disaster preparedness tend to highlight immediate needs, such as clothing, food, shelter, and access to medical care. Long after the glaring lights of the news media have turned to another natural disaster, however, survivors of the previous disaster may continue to face health issues. First responders must prepare not only for the immediate effects of natural disasters, but also for the long-term health consequences. Here are the most common lingering effects of natural disasters.

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Why Is Emergency Preparedness Important?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Emergency preparedness is a critical aspect of the job for every medical professional, especially first responders. You’ll be working with people at some of the most difficult times of their lives, often in the wake of immense tragedy or a sudden disaster. Emergency preparedness should guide your work. 

Making sure you’re prepared for emergencies is not something you do once; it’s an ongoing undertaking that you must continually revisit in training, in your work with other agencies, and on your own. Preparedness saves lives.

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National Preparedness Month: Preparing Your Hospital for Disaster

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 23, 2021 10:18:21 AM

September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to put a disaster preparedness plan in place for your hospital. 

 

With a well-considered plan, you will be able to tackle problems before they even strike. And although creating a preparedness plan may seem overwhelming, with the right tools and resources, you’ll be able to quickly develop a much clearer understanding of the dangers that can threaten your facility during a crisis.

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The Small Hospital’s Guide: Preparing for Patient Surges in Disasters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Hospitals can generally anticipate an increase in patient volume following a disaster in the community. However, as disasters such as Hurricane Ida have demonstrated, this surge may persist even beyond the immediate influx of patients, especially if there is significant local damage. From dialysis centers to ambulatory care clinics to outpatient chemotherapy–if other health care facilities are inoperable, those patients will rely on the nearest hospital for their medical needs.

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Topics: Patient Transport, Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness: 6 Recent Studies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The transition to a new year is a fine time to revisit emergency preparedness plans—both for your agency or organization and for the larger community you serve. These six recent emergency preparedness studies should inform your own planning, as well as your educational efforts within your community. These emergency management trends can help you stay ahead of the curve. 

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Summertime Natural Disasters: Be Prepared

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM

 

The total cost of natural disasters reached more than $268 billion worldwide in 2020. Catastrophes such as hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods, and earthquakes displace millions of people every year and send thousands to emergency departments.

Climate change, increasingly crowded urban centers, and failing infrastructure all play a role in exacerbating the effect of these disasters. Yet many EMS departments remain woefully unprepared. Don’t wait for a natural disaster to hit your area–prepare now, because once disaster strikes, it’s too late and lives can be lost.

 

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Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness: The Role of Public Health Nurses

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Massive health disasters are increasingly common. As climate change accelerates, so too will the rate at which people die or are injured because of climate-related natural disasters. In 2020, natural disasters claimed more than 8,000 lives worldwide. Infections and contagious diseases,  food and waterborne illnesses, global pandemics, and even the flu can trigger widespread public health catastrophes. 

In addition, illnesses are increasingly intersecting with natural disasters to produce serious emergencies. Natural disasters displace people, cause crowded conditions, and increase the risk of poor sanitation, allowing disease to more rapidly spread. Public health nurses play a critical role in educating the public and providing support to those recovering from various disaster scenarios.

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