Hospital Disaster Preparedness: The Basics Aren’t Enough

If you are in charge of a healthcare facility, imagine this scenario: Your hospital has been severely damaged by a hurricane, tornado, or even a man-made disaster. Your infrastructure is heavily damaged and your communications are down… What do you do? You rely on, and execute, your emergency preparedness plan. Multiple disasters in recent years have again shown how important it is for a healthcare facility to have a realistic plan that is reviewed and updated regularly. A working disaster plan must cover a variety of fronts — facilities, safety, communications, coordination of patient care — and needs staffers who are well-rehearsed in their responsibilities.