5 Measures for Success Before an Emergency

While many hospitals and healthcare facilities rushed to make preparations as Hurricane Sandy bore down on their respective areas, they could have taken some steps beforehand, especially after Hurricane Irene passed through some of the same areas the year before. Private businesses can also look at these areas and apply them to their own unique situations. According to www.beckershospitalreview.com, there are five areas in which facilities and their employees can increase disaster preparedness, allowing for easier, safer, and more thorough care for their patients:

  1. 1. Preparing at home. One area that doesn’t receive a lot of coverage when it comes to physicians and other healthcare professionals includes making preparations at home. Taking care of personal matters and making sure family members are taken care of before an event allows healthcare workers to focus on performing their duties with a minimum of distractions.
  2. 2. Arrive early. Arriving early in the wake of an event with the mindset of staying for a long duration can help in preparations. Waiting until the last minute can only exacerbate the situation as it is harder to counter any possible problems when up against a deadline, such as when a storm is expected to hit.
  3. 3. Plan for the unconventional. In an emergency situation, whoever is present should expect to have to fill the role needed at the time, even if it is not what they normally do. This flexibility can help healthcare facilities, or any business, better cope with staff shortages, a common event when disaster strikes.
  4. 4. State-of-the-art communication a must. Update communication equipment before disaster strikes. And when updating, facilities should try to purchase state-of-the-art communication gear that allows them to communicate in multiple ways automatically. Systems that send the same message to everyone without requiring the use of personnel provide the most value to healthcare facilities.
  5. 5. Discuss emergency management on a regular basis. Having regular meetings with personnel in regards to emergency management year round allows for the evaluation of current plans and the development of new plans if necessary. Training personnel for any new plans developed also needs to be discussed, as well as making sure that current training is up to date.

For more information about how to prepare for a disaster effectively beforehand, visit: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/lessons-learned-from-hurricane-sandy-6-steps-every-hospital-should-implement-before-disaster-strikes.html