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Disaster Preparedness for Healthcare Facilities

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The text is geared towards health care workers such as adult and pediatric physicians and nurses, paramedics and health care facility administrators and covers disaster preparedness for health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care homes.

The content of the book addresses preparedness for disasters, both natural and man-made, from the standpoint of health care facility pre-planning preparedness to managing and overcoming disasters when they occur. Beginning with how to assess the risk to and readiness of your health care facility for potential disasters, the book progresses to how to deal with any readiness deficiencies found. Each chapter can be a standalone document addressing an individual aspect of disaster preparedness but when all chapters are combined, it creates a complete and authoritative guide on all aspects of disaster preparedness. Academic review of the contents was done by international leaders in the disaster preparedness field (from the United States, UK and Israel)

This book is the only product of its kind that centralizes all of the content required for a health care facility to plan, prepare and manage disaster related events.

  i. Foreward

 1.  Introduction to Disaster and Disaster Planning

2.  Risk and Hazard Vulnerability Analysis

3a.  Readiness and Mitigation - General planning and readiness

3b. Readiness and Mitigation - CBRNE checklist

4.  IMS and Communications

     IMS Appendix A Incident action plan

     IMS Appendix B Command contact list

5.  Triage

6.  Hospital Emergency Surge Capacity

7.  Volunteers

     Volunteer management appendices

8.  Preparing for Mass Gatherings

9.  Scene Safety

10.  Analgesia and Mass Casualty Incidents

11.  Infectious Diseases Following Disasters

12.  Disasters with Contaminations

        Disasters with contamination appendices

13.  Paediatrics in Disasters

14.  Family Re-unification

15.  Disaster Psychiatry

16.  Psycho-social Issues in Disasters

17.  Ethics

18.  Medico-legal Issues


This book's greatest strength is its very focused content. This book definitely fills the niche of disaster preparedness that is related to healthcare facilities.

Michael Zwank, MD, RDMS, FACEP (University of Minnesota Medical School) 

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