Health Care System Response to Large Disasters

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Health Care System Response to Large Disasters A current issue today that impacts the society's citizens, health care and the profession of nursing is the health care system's response to large disasters. Earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes are large natural disasters that occur worldwide. Acts of terrorism are another form of disaster that our society has suffered from, however these are man-made disasters. Disasters affect families, children, schools, businesses, health care professionals, and also the health care system. In the instance that a disaster should occur, the health care system must be fully prepared; this includes having a clear and effective plan and collaborating with organizations in that area beforehand. A disaster prepared plan can allow the health care professionals to provide adequate care and support to the public. This particular issue is interesting because many people are not aware of the planning and the details that must be considered in disaster preparedness and response plans. All individuals particularly in the health care profession, such as nurses, must be well-educated about this topic to better the health care system’s response to large disasters. Literature Review Disasters such as 9/11, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami have shook up nearly all individuals worldwide in some way or another. One article mentions that the prevalence and severity of disasters and the number of individuals affected has been
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