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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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

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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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

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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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

The 4 Resources Hospital Emergency Preparedness Experts Rely On

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

To prepare a hospital to function in an emergency means implementation of a multi-faceted process that requires answers to a tremendous number of questions–Where can we create additional patient care areas in an emergency? How will we keep intubated patients safe if the hospital loses power? How can we make our food supply last if delivery trucks cannot get to the hospital?

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

The Ultimate List of Emergency Medical Nursing Equipment

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Emergency medical nursing equipment isn’t just for nurses working in emergency rooms or on ambulances. A pediatric nurse working at a sleepy family practice may suddenly be confronted with a choking patient. A midwife at a birthing center may have to revive a neonate or treat a catastrophic hemorrhage.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Trauma Kit Supplies Every EMT Should Have

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2021 6:38:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Tactical trauma kit, Trauma

How to Create an Emergency Patient Transport Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 5, 2021 6:35:14 AM

 

Hospitals and long-term care facilities pride themselves on being equipped to handle most emergencies, from power outages to storms. However, evacuations because of natural disasters are actually quite common.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

What is an Emergency Aspirator, and When Should it be Used?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2021 7:15:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

The Most Important Disasters Rural Hospitals Must be Prepared For

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 7, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Preparing for a disaster is an enormous undertaking since there are always so many unknowns. For rural hospitals, this challenge is further amplified due to issues such as remote location, limited resources, and staffing shortages. Yet by actively preparing for the types of disasters that rural hospitals are most likely to face, such difficulties can be lessened.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness