New AHRQ Guides Offering Hospitals Advice on Emergency Evacuation, Assessment and Recovery Are Available – 2010

Posted on August 3, 2010. Filed under: Disaster Management | Tags: |

New AHRQ Guides Offering Hospitals Advice on Emergency Evacuation, Assessment and Recovery – AHRQ = US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide

Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide 

“Two new guides are now available to help hospital planners and administrators make important decisions about how to protect patients and health care workers and assess the physical components of a hospital when a natural or manmade disaster, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event threatens the soundness of a facility.  The guides examine how hospital personnel have coped under emergency situations in the past to better understand what factors should be considered when making evacuation, shelter-in-place, and reoccupation decisions.  Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide and Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide are intended to supplement hospital emergency plans, augment guidance on determining how long a decision to evacuate may be safely deferred and provide guidance on how to organize an initial assessment of a hospital to determine when it is safe to return after an evacuation.  The reports were developed by AHRQ with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.”

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