This Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide was developed by
AHRQ, the lead Federal agency charged with supporting
research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce
its cost, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden
access to essential services.
This guide is designed to provide hospital evacuation
decision teams with organized and systematic guidance on how to
consider the many factors that bear on the decision to order an
evacuation, and to assist decision teams in identifying some
of the special situations, often overlooked, that may exist in
their facility or geographic area that could affect the decision
This guide is intended to supplement hospital emergency
plans, which frequently lack specific guidance on how to make the
critical decision to evacuate (including what factors to consider
and for how long the decision may be safely deferred).