The CHA Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) encourages hospitals
to update or begin contingency planning considering the recent
earthquake, tsunami, and radiation event in Japan and with
travelers arriving in the country from this area.
Hospitals should be prepared to (1) manage the worried well, and
(2) handle any traveler that may need to be triaged and/or
treated. Although state and federal officials confirm that there
is no existing impact to our country due to the radiation release
from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan, individuals that
may have been exposed could present to your facility. In
addition, the events in Japan are adding new light to the hazards
we must plan for in California.
This is an opportunity to review and update any existing
radiological emergency plans. We recommend using the CDC
resources provided in this section.
The State of California provided information such as “FAQs about
Radiation” through the California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
and they continually update their website (www.cdph.ca.gov) as
new information becomes available. Hospitals should maintain
communication with their local health departments and/or local
emergency medical services for additional updates.
State or local officials may provide future direction and
guidance to hospitals and other health care providers if the
situation changes. In that circumstance, healthcare facilities
should first adhere to any local public health guidance. In
absence of local guidance, there should be adherence to any state
guidance. To date, CHA is not aware of any state guidance being
issued. We will inform you if such guidance becomes available.