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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162927
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Emergency Preparedness in Unpredictable Times
Abstract:
Emergency Preparedness in Unpredictable Times
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2002
Author:Bradley, Darlene, RN, PhDc, MSN, MAOM, CNS, CCRN, CEN
P.I. Institution Name:University of California Irvine Medical Center
Contact Address:101 The City Drive, Route 128, Orange, CA, 92868, USA
Project: Emergency departments common focus on an emergency preparedness plan that meets compliance criteria for accreditation standards. This clinical project has a twofold approach. First, it is designed to assure the rescue and safety of emergency department (ED) staff. Secondly, an integrated emergency response component is created to deal with the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Implementation: The project was implemented through the following steps: (1) a process was outlined to simultaneously manage various aspects of service including: the environment, communication systems, patient care, staffing functions, equipment and supplies; (2) job aids were created to standardize and direct staff approach into an organized Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS); (3) protocols for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were organized into an emergency response system; (4) a decontamination cart was created to include personal protective equipment, patient treatment aids, and practice guidelines; (5) the department specific plan and the WMD protocols were integrated into the hospital wide emergency preparedness plan; and (6) education programs completed the process. Outcomes: The effectiveness of the project was demonstrated in a County-wide mass casualty drill. A Sarin attack occurred in a large entertainment center. The following benefits were observed: (1) an organized approach with job aids assured the effectiveness of each role played; (2) in a crisis, staff was able to plan, manage care, and decontaminate appropriately based on the WMD protocol designed; (3) antidote alternatives were retrievable for WMD; (4) coordinated community and state resources were mobilized to support the mass casualty incidence; (5) a comprehensive education program assisted staff in appropriate emergency response and a detailed understanding of potential threats for WMD. Recommendations: All health care institutions should prepare for mass casualty incidents that may include threats of terrorism with WMD. Facilities should develop an in-depth approach to dealing with terrorist acts. There is a great potential for devastation if the medical care facility were contaminated or threatened with WMD. Research in this area is essential. Widespread education for staff and the community may be beneficial in preventing panic and the spread of injury or disease. [Leadership Challenge - Research Poster Presentation]
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEmergency Preparedness in Unpredictable Timesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162927-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Emergency Preparedness in Unpredictable Times</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bradley, Darlene, RN, PhDc, MSN, MAOM, CNS, CCRN, CEN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of California Irvine Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">101 The City Drive, Route 128, Orange, CA, 92868, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Darlene004@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Project: Emergency departments common focus on an emergency preparedness plan that meets compliance criteria for accreditation standards. This clinical project has a twofold approach. First, it is designed to assure the rescue and safety of emergency department (ED) staff. Secondly, an integrated emergency response component is created to deal with the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Implementation: The project was implemented through the following steps: (1) a process was outlined to simultaneously manage various aspects of service including: the environment, communication systems, patient care, staffing functions, equipment and supplies; (2) job aids were created to standardize and direct staff approach into an organized Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS); (3) protocols for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were organized into an emergency response system; (4) a decontamination cart was created to include personal protective equipment, patient treatment aids, and practice guidelines; (5) the department specific plan and the WMD protocols were integrated into the hospital wide emergency preparedness plan; and (6) education programs completed the process. Outcomes: The effectiveness of the project was demonstrated in a County-wide mass casualty drill. A Sarin attack occurred in a large entertainment center. The following benefits were observed: (1) an organized approach with job aids assured the effectiveness of each role played; (2) in a crisis, staff was able to plan, manage care, and decontaminate appropriately based on the WMD protocol designed; (3) antidote alternatives were retrievable for WMD; (4) coordinated community and state resources were mobilized to support the mass casualty incidence; (5) a comprehensive education program assisted staff in appropriate emergency response and a detailed understanding of potential threats for WMD. Recommendations: All health care institutions should prepare for mass casualty incidents that may include threats of terrorism with WMD. Facilities should develop an in-depth approach to dealing with terrorist acts. There is a great potential for devastation if the medical care facility were contaminated or threatened with WMD. Research in this area is essential. Widespread education for staff and the community may be beneficial in preventing panic and the spread of injury or disease. [Leadership Challenge - Research Poster Presentation]</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:36:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:36:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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