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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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

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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4 Types of Natural Disasters and Their Specific Injuries

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 15, 2020 12:07:29 PM

For many people there is nothing more beautiful than watching Mother Nature in action. Witnessing the raw 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 amazing experience. Unfortunately, sometimes that raw power manifests itself as a natural disaster. The following is an overview of 4 types of natural disasters and the specific injuries that are common for a hospital to encounter.

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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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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

5 Things to Prepare Your EMS Unit for During a Power Outage

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Power outages can strike without warning. For some, they are a minor inconvenience that lasts only a few moments. But serious outages can last for many days, endangering the health of people who depend on ventilators and other electrical devices to remain healthy and alive.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Emergency Preparedness

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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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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