Hospital Evacuation Plan
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Hospital Evacuation Plan

Evacuation is the process of moving patients from an at-risk location to a safer holding area or alternate location within the hospital or skilled nursing facility, another medical building, or a non-medical facility converted for patient care.

The Hospital Evacuation Plan is a planning document that augments the hospital’s existing Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and incorporates the fundamental principles of all-hazards emergency management. This comprehensive plan provides a concept of operations for evacuation functions and incident management, staff roles and responsibilities, and provides overall guidance to enable evacuation regardless of the hazard or incident type.

OVERVIEW

The hospital forms a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary planning team that can be actively engaged with the DQE Project Manager for the duration of the project. The annex development process leverages a self-directed, proprietary planning template that is supported by DQE through remote and/or on-site consultation and utilizes a proprietary planning tool that helps create an efficient process that focuses on:

  • Preventing or minimizing the loss of life and injuries
  • Ensuring patient, visitor and personnel safety
  • Maintaining optimal patient care and life support functions during the evacuation process
  • Integrating the hospital’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts with those of its community and supporting entitie

DETAILS

The Hospital Evacuation Plan addresses:

  • Mitigation measures, preparedness activities, response actions, and recovery strategies
  • Hospital capabilities to establish response efforts when the environment can no longer support patient care, treatment, and services
  • Strategies for managing the following during a hospital evacuation: communication, resources and assets, safety and security, staff responsibilities, utility management, and patient clinical and support activities
  • Patient movement requirements and strategies to include transportation planning, inter-agency coordination, and patient tracking
  • HICS adaptation to support hospital evacuation processes
  • Procedures for:
    • Plan activation and incident management
    • Patient movement and coordination of flow
    • Patient tracking and accountability
    • Evacuation logistics
    • Pharmaceutical management
    • Discharge planning and receiving facility guidelines
    • Communications
    • Safety considerations and personal protective equipment
    • Facility shutdown, recovery, resumption of clinical operations, and repatriation considerations
  • Support including Job Action Sheets, documentation forms, and reporting documents