Hospitals Meeting Preparedness Measures

More than three-quarters of hospitals participating in the National Hospital Preparedness Program met 90 percent or more of all program measures for all-hazards preparedness in 2009, according to a first-of-its-kind, state-by-state report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. "From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions: Transforming Health Preparedness and Response in Our Communities" identifies advances states have made in preparing hospitals for all types of disasters and discusses the next steps the HPP will take to boost community resilience.

According to the report, of the more than 6,300 hospitals across the nation, more than 85 percent take advantage of the HPP. Hospitals meeting the performance measures have "dedicated redundant, interoperable systems in place to communicate between hospitals, public health agencies and emergency managers," according to HHS. They also have plans to handle a surge in patient demand during a disaster, as well as plans for hospital evacuation, for sheltering patients and staff in place during a disaster, and for responding to mass fatalities.


05-10-2011 04:14 (EDT)