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Are You Ready for Worst Case Scenarios?

Posted August 05, 2011 3:04 PM

Hospitals have emergency response plans in place for when disaster strikes the community, but what about when disaster strikes the hospital? How well is your facility prepared to face that eventuality? How can you train and drill staff without disrupting regular activities? Should there be a national standard for emergency preparedness?

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08/05/2011 4:16 PM

This isn't about hospitals... But we have a Bridge here in Portland that gets a 2 out of a scale of 0-100 for safety, with 0 being that it has collapsed, and 100 being that its brand spanking new. The bridge is still being used, although the weight limit is constantly downgraded... Collapse is immanent.

The thing that gets me, Is they already have a dedicated team, and allocated group of recovery equipment in place (jet skis, boats, scuba team etc), on standby, for when the bridge does finally collapse. Planning is underway to replace the bridge, but funding shortages, and a hot political debate over the new design has held up the new bridge for years. I find it completely asinine that they KNOW full well that its going to collapse, have formed a recovery crew, and are waiting for people to plunge into the river, while our politicians argue over a bike lane.

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08/05/2011 8:02 PM

Sounds like a good project for the stimulus dollars that have already been spent.

I sure can't figure out where. Here in NC we got some little trees planted along highway 40 and a big shiny sign that said rebuilding America.

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08/06/2011 5:12 AM

What constitutes a "worst case scenario"? If a nuclear warhead hits my local hospital while I am in it; no, I will not be ready. (They probably won't be, either.) So?

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08/06/2011 11:17 AM

That is why disaster drills, for both (scheduled and unscheduled), (external and Internal emergencies) in different areas of expertise of the hospital must be conducted at least once or twice a year. Drills that covers different disaster emergency scenarios and tailored to the type of hospital and its environmental location. Where experienced observers are strategically posted and taking notes, after which were analyzed and critiqued for its timely response, and the overall implementation effectiveness.

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08/06/2011 8:20 PM

The sun may be going quite now but it can release a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) at any time. This could wipe out a good portion of the earths space assets. That would take down the internet and GPS as well as the electric grid. Now when GPS goes dowin it takes with it Cell service, airports, emergency communication, air trafic control... It could even fry the electronic ignition in ICE generators. Hope you have one with a set of points . Not looking forward to that drill.

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08/07/2011 2:10 PM

No! Nobody is really prepared for the worst case scenario. There is nothing of consequence worse than the complete obliteration of all life on this planet. The only plausible remedy for this true worst case scenario is to get some self sustaining life off of this planet.

In all honesty, this is a nothing more than a paradox question intended to stir thought more than to solve a tangible given problem. It is a good question though that stirs the thought process to weigh how much of a disaster condition is reasonable to expect and which steps should be taken long before even a hint appears that a disaster is coming. However, the only individuals who can implement any musings on this are people in authority to allocate funds and resources to something that may never happen. How many fallout shelters with barrels of cracker rations from the fifties and sixties have been converted into party and storage rooms.

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08/08/2011 8:25 PM

How do you prepare for a generic disaster?

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08/08/2011 8:38 PM

Put your head between your knees, and kiss your ... goodbye.

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08/08/2011 9:00 PM

In CA we try to keep up to 1 month of non perishable food on hand and at least 1Wk of drinking water. I also keep 2-3mo of insulin and Thyroid medication on hand that I rotate though.

In the case of a nuclear attack, Tornado is correct. I think I would probably head into SF for a close up and instant vaporization. For every thing else your odds go up if your are a design engineer or of similar ilk. You might get your self a copy of a Fire Fox book or 2:~). Being friends with an Eagle Scout does not hurt ether.

In Berkeley we also have neighborhood cashes with some fire basic fighting equipment and tools for when a big quake hits. Includes some back up generators and gas.

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