Contingency Planning in Healthcare

1541 Words Feb 5th, 2018 6 Pages
Planning functions to help define an organization's goals and outline steps to reach identified objectives (Keene & Auger, 2008). There are three primary kinds of organizational planning: strategic planning for one-time significant decisions that impact the culture and direction of the facility, operational planning that is tied to the long- and short-term goals of the institution and its mission, and performance planning that often involves individual departments and staff members. Another, often overlooked area is contingency planning. Contingency planning considers unwanted or unintended events that could have the ability to impact an organization's functioning (Carlson, 2010). Contingency plans help to mitigate certain risks. The contingency center is the backup plan in the event of a disaster. A disaster can be man-made (i.e., explosion, terrorism, accidents, power outages, etc.) or natural (i.e., storms, tornados, etc.).
In healthcare organizations such as hospitals and outpatient surgical center, disasters can be especially damaging. For instance, during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans many patients were required to be moved due to the severity of the storm. If proper contingency plans were in place prior to the disaster, there could have procedures for moving patients once a city-wide evacuation notice was…