A Hospital 's Emergency Room

2001 Words Jun 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Bioterrorism/Disaster Plan
A hospital’s emergency room (ER) is typically the site for presentation of patients from a disaster or bioterrorism event. Nurses working in the ER setting are the first to treat these patients. Thus it is of great importance to have a plan in place that can effectively meet the unique needs of this type of situation. I am employed in the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) in Vincennes, Indiana. Our ER has its own set criteria that fits into the overall disaster plan of the hospital. Since the ER is the primary intake location at GSH, I chose to evaluate our ER’s disaster plan.
Disaster Analysis
Chain of Authority
The effectiveness of a disaster plan is dependent on its chain of authority which establishes lines of communication and routes of transport, (Allender, Rector, & Warner, 2014). At GSH, when the hospital is notified of a disaster, the nursing house supervisor notifies the hospital administrator on call that a disaster is impending and the nursing supervisor then activates the disaster plan. He or she notified the charge nurses on each unit in the hospital via a house wide web page and the units prepare for the influx of patients. On each unit, the charge nurse notifies the staff on that unit. Within the ER, the charge nurse designates a physician or physician’s assistant (PA) as head of the triage intake area and assigns him or her a nurse to assist as the nursing staff set up for intake in the ambulance garage.
Lines of…
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