Category: Hospital Emergency Management News
Recently, a Swedish hospital was reminded of the critical need for Ebola preparedness. A patient arrived at the Skane University Hospital on September 30, 2019, running a high fever after traveling in a region of Africa stricken by Ebola. The hospital placed the patient in isolation after discovering the patient’s travel history to an area where Ebola is present, and a fever.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), citing evidence in a peer-reviewed study, has added a new step to its decontamination guidance for chemical incidents. It calls for exposed people to first wipe themselves off with dry, absorbent materials, such as towels or washcloths before they pass through a water spray. “Disrobing and dry… Read more »
The 2019 National Healthcare Security Index has been released. The scores indicate the ability to protect the health security of Americans from incidents like newly emerging infectious diseases, terrorism, and extreme weather conditions at the state and national levels. Healthcare emergency preparedness in the United States has improved significantly over the past six years according… Read more »
Efforts over the last two decades to prepare communities for disasters have failed and new methodologies need to be developed, according to research by FEMA’s Higher Education Program. The FEMA Higher Education National Emergency Training Center Building Preparedness report highlights the vast diversity of American communities and households, indicating that a one-size-fits-all strategy is not… Read more »
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Imagine your hospital has lost primary power due to flooding from a rainstorm which has been raging for five days. Water is leaking into your basement where your backup generators and fuel pumps are located. Engineering thinks the hospital can remain operational for an additional twelve hours if the rain stops soon. Unfortunately, weather forecasters… Read more »
When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October of 2012, 14 US states and Washington, D.C. were impacted. It was the second-costliest hurricane in US history after Katrina. The storm spanned 1,100 miles, killing at least 233 people along the path of the storm in eight countries. In New York City alone, the storm was the… Read more »
It has been fourteen years since the September 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax letters in the fall of 2001. Those tragic events highlighted the vital role of hospitals in our emergency care system. It is the place where victims and first responders are treated during a disaster and where support is provided to them… Read more »
The Spanish influenza pandemic, which began in 1918, caught the world by surprise. No one knows for sure how many people died from the viral outbreak, but researchers from the 1920s estimated that 21.5 million died as a result of the 1918-1919 pandemic. Others estimate that 500 million people worldwide became infected and the virus… Read more »
On September 3rd the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia was evacuated after a suspicious package and two firearms were discovered on a treatment floor forcing evacuation of staff and patients from the upper floors of the facility. Also on that day, a chemical spill at Lucy Curci Cancer Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in California… Read more »