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what you can expect to come to your ED? How would you manage this situation to cause the minimum disruption to regular hospital functioning? Answer: Unfortunately, with conflicting reports from first responders and the news it is difficult to determine how severe the disaster may be. It is always best to prepare for the worst. Begin by setting up a command centre and notifying off-shift staff to report as soon as possible. Place the ED in bypass and pause all elective surgeries until you get a better idea of the impact from the disaster. Once things are in process the command person can reach out to local agencies to help get a better idea of the situation. Some areas utilize software systems that link hospitals, public health and safety, EMS and others where information is shared to better prepare during times of disaster (Halamka, 2012).If a state emergency is called Health and Homeland Alert Network (HHAN) will begin monitoring the situation (Halamka, 2012).Once patients are in route to your facility EMS will call in estimated numbers, arrival time and basic information about the situation.I believe in order to limit disruption to the hospital you attempt to access these resources prior to cancelling surgeries however it is vital to be prepared for the worst. Delays may occur and minor inconveniences however being ill prepared for a major disaster could endanger patient lives. Department of Homeland Security. (n.d.) Emergency response plan. Retrieved from Halamka, J. (2012). Life as a healthcare CIO. Retrieved from
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