Auditing Your Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Hospital disaster preparedness is so much more than simply writing out a series of steps to be taken in an emergency situation. It’s not something to be done once and then forgotten until needed. Instead, once the plan is created, it should be periodically evaluated, tested, and updated to fill any gaps. We recommend examining your plan at least once every two years.

There are a few different ways that your hospital can audit its plan. These audit methods have varying levels of complexity, but all of them will serve to strengthen your hospital’s current disaster preparedness plan.

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

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

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4 Types of Natural Disasters and Their Specific Injuries

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 19, 2021 3:53:38 PM

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For many people there is nothing more beautiful than watching Mother Nature in action. Witnessing the power of 30 foot waves crashing against the beach or taking a boat down a winding river while it cuts its way through a valley can be an amazing experience. Unfortunately, sometimes that power manifests itself as a natural disaster. The following is an overview of four types of natural disasters and the specific injuries that a hospital would usually encounter.

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 18, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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

 

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7 Ways Your Hospital Can Prepare for External Disasters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 6, 2021 9:00:00 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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Finding the Gaps in Your Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Foreseeable 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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4 Ways to Tell Your Hospital Needs Portable Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM

In October of 2012, superstorm Sandy hit New York City with a vengeance. As area hospitals braced for the storm’s impact, administrators had no reason to fear their back-up generators would fail to function if the city’s power grid went down.

 

They were wrong.

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Hospital Disaster Preparation Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 15, 2020 10:02:41 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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Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Disaster?

Posted by Sam W. Say

Oct 8, 2020 8:44:34 AM

Today’s hospitals must be ready for everything. Whether it means complying with the 250 yard rule, or dealing with a regional or national disaster, or, as has been made so painfully clear, managing the patient surge generated by a national pandemic like COVID, hospitals must be prepared. Unfortunately, disaster can take many forms: earthquakes, floods, disease, terrorist action are just a few. Since there is no such thing as a “normal disaster,” the hospital must be prepared to handle anything the world throws at them. In this article, we will discuss 4 obstacles that a hospital can be faced with when a disaster strikes:

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3 Ways to Keep Hospital Power Loss from Crippling Patient Care

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 8, 2020 2:00:47 PM

If your hospital experiences a total power outage, you still need to provide patient care. You might be able to navigate the darkened rooms with a flashlight and emergency lighting, but how will you oxygenate that ventilated patient? How will you suction him?

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