California hospitals are a critical element within the disaster medical response system and work collaboratively with local government, other health care providers and other agencies to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of victims of natural or man-made disasters, bioterrorism, and other public health emergencies. Hospital emergency preparedness is a priority for government at all levels, as well as a key focus of regulatory and accrediting agencies.
The findings from Governor Newsom’s strike force has been compiled into the report Wildfires and Climate Change: California’s Energy Future. The report has recommended changes to strengthen wildfire prevention and response. The strike force will continue to work this issue and take action on the the report ideas.
CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations and best practices posters for the 2019 CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference. The conference is a unique opportunity for your organization to showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise with a cross-section of peers. Submissions must be received by April 30.
Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. These once rare or infrequent events have become regular occurrences, and no two disasters are ever the same. Now more than ever, hospitals must reevaluate our procedures and redefine preparation.
From communication to compliance, it is time to rethink our strategies and prepare for the new normal.
This issue of The Exchange highlights lessons learned, trends, and future initiatives shared by support service staff (e.g., nutritional, pharmaceutical, and blood supply fields) in response to mass casualty incidents.