Title:
Principles of hospital disaster management: an integrated and multidisciplinary approach
Authors:
C. Hendrickx , S. D’Hoker , G. Michiels and M.B. Sabbe
Institutions:
UZ Leuven; UZ Gent
Keywords:
Hospital disaster planning; hospital disaster preparedness; disaster response; disaster nursing; surge capacity; patient classification system
Pages:
139 - 148
Abstract:
Principles of hospital disaster management: an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Hospitals play an important role during a disaster response, and are also at risk for internal incidents. We propose an integrated and multidisciplinary approach towards hospital disaster management and preparedness. In addition to response strategies, much attention is given to risk assessment and preparedness in the pre-incident phase and to business continuity planning (BCP) in the post-incident phase. It is essential to train key players and all personnel to understand the Hospital Incident Management System (HIMS) and to perform specific emergency procedures. All emergency procedures should be grounded in evidence-based practice resulting from essential disaster response research.
Issue:
Suppl. 26.2, 2016


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Principles of hospital disaster management: an integrated and multidisciplinary approach