Hospital Resources to Help Related to Disasters
Both the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov) and PubMed have some good resources on hospital evacuation that can assist hospital emergency managers in planning for evacuations including the:
- Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide from AHRQ (http://archive.ahrq.gov/prep/hospevacguide/)
- Hospital Emergency Evacuation Toolkit from the Florida Department of Health (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/demo/bpr/PDFs/OriginalEvacuationToolkitUpdated5-2011.pdf)
- Hospital Evacuation Principles and Practices from the American College of Emergency Physicians (https://live.blueskybroadcast.com/bsb/client/CL_DEFAULT.asp?Client=688794&PCAT=2777&CAT=2777)
More from the Resource Guide: http://1.usa.gov/YvYIer
and PubMed: http://1.usa.gov/X5Mzi7
There is even a BMJ article in PubMed already on Emergency hospital evacuation as Hurricane Sandy hits NY.
WHO also has a Safe Hospitals program: http://www.safehospitals.info/
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) in ASPR http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/hpp/pages/default.aspx and the PHEP in CDC http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/coopagreement.htm have been instrumental in providing funding to hospitals and facilities to develop plans for power failures and other disasters.
Also the IOM’s Crisis Standards of Care package http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/Crisis-Standards-of-Care-A-Systems-Framework-for-Catastrophic-Disaster-Response.aspx is an important read for anyone regarding what to do when resources become scarce and the hard decisions that may have to be made.
Compiled by NLM and NIH Staff