Emergency Preparedness : Planning For Disaster Response

1100 WordsOct 24, 20155 Pages
Emergency Preparedness: Planning for Disaster Response Karoline H. Maes Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing Abstract For many years the population suffers with unpreparedness during an emergency. Disasters occur all around the world and health care executives need to guarantee that their organization develops an all-hazards emergency plan relevant to the type of organization and their location. Also, regulation and implementation of an effective plan that provides the best outcome during a disaster is essential to the population. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are responsible to provide patient care and are expected to be prepared for any emergency that may happen. Nurses are essential responders to a…show more content…
Preparedness for the first and immediate response is called and emergency preparedness (2015).” The complex nature of emergency preparedness is critical and its success depends on health care executives guarantee that their organization develops an all-hazards emergency plan according to the type of organization and their location. Also, emergency plans not only care for those in need of medical services, but also protect their staff and patients from exposure to further risks. It is important to emphasize that the health care organization may be directly impacted by the disaster, but they should be able to provide care for those in need. In order to ensure that employers and workers are well prepared, have the proper equipment, know how to protect them, and know where to go in case of an emergency, they need to be trained and prepared before an emergency incident happens. Moreover, healthcare organizations need to update and monitor the emergency plans, maintaining a continuous state of preparedness for a successful response and recovery during a disaster. Emergency management is composed of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, but preparedness makes the biggest difference when considering that many people fail to follow
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