A 3-year Health Care Coalition Experience in Advancing Hospital Evacuation Preparedness.
This report outlines a 3-year health care coalition effort to advance and test community capacity for a large-scale hospital evacuation. The multi-year effort utilized a variety workshops, seminars, webinars, tabletops, functional exercises, and culminated with a full-scale exercise testing hospital evacuation. While most hospital evacuation exercises focus on internal movement of patients, this exercise process tested command-level decision making and it tested external partners such as transportation agencies, law enforcement, receiving hospitals, and local emergency management. This process delivered key coalition-building activities and offered a variety of training and exercise opportunities to assist a number of organizations, all at different stages of hospital evacuation planning. The 2012 Hospital Preparedness Program outlined the incorporation of health care coalition activities to transform individual organization preparedness to community-level readiness. This report outlines a health care coalition effort to deliver training and exercises to advance community capacity for a large-scale hospital evacuation. Lowe JJ , Hansen KF , Sanger KK , Obaid JM . A 3-year health care coalition experience in advancing hospital evacuation preparedness. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016;31(6):658-662.
webinar software, After Action Report (AAR), debriefing
- workshops, tabletops, functional exercises, and full-scale exercise
planning, communications, community participation, medical surge, mass care, and medical supply management
an planning team was established to develop the training and exercise plan as well as set overarching training and exercise program objectivesThe multi-year effort utilized a variety workshops, seminars, webinars, tabletops, functional exercises, and culminated with a full-scale exercise testing hospital evacuation
For each of the three years, activities were planned to lead up to community exercises that increased in operational complexity in each successive year.
- key leadership gaps have been identified in hospital decision-making capacity with respect to hospital evacuation
Decision-making guides, risk analysis tools, and systematic approaches have been developed and testedtransformation of individual organization preparedness to community-level readinessThis process delivered key coalition-building activities and offered a variety of training and exercise opportunities to assist a number of organizations, all at different stages of hospital evacuation planning
- develop and evaluate a Health Care Coalition Hospital Evacuation Training and Exercise Plan
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