Disaster Preparedness and Management
Disaster preparation and management are responsibilities for everyone in a healthcare facility. Whether natural or man-made, disasters and crises stress all facility resources including staff. Due to the extraordinary needs that accompany a disaster, opportunities for process improvement as well as education and training are readily discovered during drills as well as after actual events. A worthy goal is to be so well prepared that the entire facility is ready to respond in an appropriately integrated fashion regardless of the magnitude of the need. This chapter identifies key areas of disaster preparedness that specifically impact critical care practice and preparation in and outside of the ICU.
KeywordsDisaster Preparedness In-hospital violence Violent extremism Special response teams Law enforcement Critical care
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