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Hospital Preparedness

  • By: University of Hawaii, West Oahu
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Hospital preparedness involves many interrelated areas of medical and nonmedical disaster management. Prior to September 11, 2001, modern hospital preparedness focused on natural and unintentional, human-made mass casualty events and accidents, including earthquakes, tornadoes, building collapse, and airline and school bus accidents. Since that time, there has been an increased sense of urgency for hospitals to prepare for potential terrorist acts.

Hospital Preparedness Programs

Hospitals are mandated by designated state, regional, and national accreditation organizations to develop a specific and unique disaster plan, with certain elements of the plan universally applicable. An important component of all hospital disaster plans is the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). One of the principal concerns of hospital preparedness is the assurance of adequate staffing capabilities during times of disaster. The current healthcare ...

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