Administrative Considerations When Preparing for Bioemergencies
Adequate preparation for responding to bioemergencies requires a unified administrative response with a level of internal and external coordination that typically exceeds day-to-day healthcare system norms. The administrative considerations to successfully prepare for, respond to, or recover from bioemergencies should center around an emergency management approach to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate on clinical, operational, and financial imperatives with a keen focus on screening patients, training healthcare workers, and exercising those processes. The chronically unclear regulatory and accreditation environment in which bioemergencies occur may complicate a healthcare system’s response, but through meticulous planning and mutually beneficial partnerships, facilities can manage bioemergencies by continuing to provide the same safe, effective, and efficient care they do each day.
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