10 Steps to Healthcare Disaster Readiness

In addition to the latest Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts and the Industrial explosion in West, Texas, America has experienced many other terrorist attacks, major hurricanes, tornados and floods over the past decade.Many healthcare organizations have suffered catastrophic consequences in association with these events.One would think with the variety and scale of disasters America has faced, we would be getting very good at Emergency Management.The reality points to the fact that instead of learning lessons from past disasters, we are stuck in the past practice of writing plans for accreditation purposes instead of taking an “Operational Readiness Approach” to Healthcare Emergency Management.A suggested paradigm shift described in this paper will build support systems strong enough and deep enough to sustain healthcare functions during and after major disasters. There is a silver lining to the future of Healthcare Disaster Readiness if we grasp it.