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Webinar: Triaging Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Today

Rave Mobile Safety recently hosted a webinar entitled “Triaging Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Today”, which centered on the results of a survey conducted by the company earlier this year. In the webinar, contributors discuss the findings of the survey and suggest potential solutions.

In mid-2018, Rave Mobile Safety conducted a survey of emergency preparedness leaders in the healthcare industry to learn what respondents considered their biggest safety concerns, what actual events had occurred within the previous two years, and what issues they had encountered when communicating emergency incidents to employees, patients, and visitors.

The report that resulted from the survey – “Emergency Preparedness and Security Trends in Healthcare” – identifies a potential communications gap in healthcare Emergency Preparedness Plans attributable to the most-frequently mentioned safety concerns often failing to correlate with events that had actually occurred. The report also identifies several issues with how emergency incidents are communicated.

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Severe Weather Incidents

One of the most frequently-occurring events (and one of the most frequently-mentioned safety concerns) is severe weather incidents. However, despite their frequency, the report shows that healthcare Emergency Preparedness Plans for severe weather are not tested as frequently as other elements of an all-hazards plan (i.e. fire drills, active shooter events, chemical hazards, etc.).

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One reason for this that some other tests are mandated by state or federal regulations (i.e. fire drills), while it is also difficult to prepare for an event that may take weeks to resolve. Although most severe weather events are predictable inasmuch as it is known what time of year they will most likely occur and how severe they will be, the consequences of severe weather incidents are far from predictable.

Variables that a healthcare Emergency Preparedness Plan for severe weather need to take into account include:

  • The number of residents who fail to evacuate or find shelter, and are subsequently admitted to hospital with weather-related injuries.
  • The number of residents with existing conditions who are unable to refill their medical supplies or use home medical equipment due to power outages.
  • How the severe weather will affect neighboring healthcare facilities and their ability to supply relief staff and supplies, or accommodate patients to relieve the demand on patient services.

The Webinar: Triaging Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Today

Healthcare emergency preparedness and severe weather incidents feature throughout Rave Mobile Safety´s webinar. Moderated by Todd Miller, the company´s Chief Operating Officer, the panel of contributors is comprised of two healthcare emergency preparedness experts from Connecticut – Patrick Turek, the System Director of Emergency Management for Harford Healthcare, and Kevin McGinty, the Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Middlesex Health System.

In the webinar all three panelists discuss the findings of Rave Mobile Safety´s survey, with Patrick and Kevin suggesting potential solutions based on the two contributor´s combined nineteen years in healthcare emergency preparedness. The webinar is essential viewing for any emergency preparedness professional and, as so much of the webinar relates to the survey, we recommend downloading “Emergency Preparedness and Security Trends in Healthcare” before viewing the webinar.