“How can hospitals possibly prepare for disasters? With practice and planning ” – The Conversation

hospital disaster planningDr. Neil Finkler comforts survivor Patience Carter at a news conference at Florida Hospital Orlando. REUTERS/Jim Young

“The tragic shooting in Orlando brought dozens of victims to emergency rooms. Now, several of those people have been admitted and are clinging to life. Many across the nation are praying for them and other victims. Without quick response and high-quality emergency medical care, many more than the 49 already reported may have died.

“Emergency room physicians described a scene of horror as wounded patients flooded the nearest hospitals and gurneys lined up in hallways. How do emergency departments deal with such an unpredictable and horrific occurrence?

“The truth is that while we may not know the exact nature of a disaster, we do know that catastrophes will happen. There are many examples of the need for metropolitan areas to be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. In addition to natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, examples include the marathon bombing in Boston; the recent terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels; and, most recently, the shooting that occurred in Orlando.”

Continue reading this article at The Conversation.

Key in responding or reacting to incidents for any agency, entity, organization is having understanding of the nation’s Incident Command System (ICS) – introduced following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since then agencies, municipalities, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other organizations across the united States have continued to learn, train, develop plans and refine their ICS and emergency planning.

These resources can help your agency, entity or organization begin the planning process.

For more information or for assistance about planning for emergencies and critical incidents that “are never gonna’ happen here”, send an email to blllink@mail.com.

 

 

 

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