Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Response and Management

Surviving the Storm A Legal and Operational Guide

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

About

"...overall, the nation's healthcare system is not yet ready to handle a large-scale emergency..."
U.S. News & World Report, Are We Ready? May 2006

In this age of elevated terrorist threat levels, the impending fear of an avian flu pandemic, and the unavoidable thought of the next natural or environmental disaster, healthcare emergency preparedness issues have emerged as the newest addition to an already daunting equation. Having recently witnessed firsthand the terror and destruction that is left behind in the wake of a disaster when not adequately prepared, you must confront and address head on your emergency preparedness procedures in anticipation of the next incident. The time to prepare is now, and by formulating preventive strategies, maintaining internal compliance, and consistently revising your emergency preparedness procedures, you will be equipped to handle the next disaster, without having to scramble to surmount unanticipated legal roadblocks and with minimal liability risks.

To aid you in developing the best plan possible, the American Conference Institute has created a publication of conference materials from the forum on Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Response and Management. Industry experts provide practical and comprehensive information on how to:

  • Assume an all-hazards approach when coordinating your disaster readiness plan
  • Harmonize cost and budgetary concerns with operational feasibility
  • Ensure business continuity by evaluating your plan for efficiency
  • Establish clear guidelines for patient care, control, and evacuation
  • Conduct after-action debriefings to assess reaction and performance during the disaster

Contents & Contributors

About

"...overall, the nation's healthcare system is not yet ready to handle a large-scale emergency..."
U.S. News & World Report, Are We Ready? May 2006

In this age of elevated terrorist threat levels, the impending fear of an avian flu pandemic, and the unavoidable thought of the next natural or environmental disaster, healthcare emergency preparedness issues have emerged as the newest addition to an already daunting equation. Having recently witnessed firsthand the terror and destruction that is left behind in the wake of a disaster when not adequately prepared, you must confront and address head on your emergency preparedness procedures in anticipation of the next incident. The time to prepare is now, and by formulating preventive strategies, maintaining internal compliance, and consistently revising your emergency preparedness procedures, you will be equipped to handle the next disaster, without having to scramble to surmount unanticipated legal roadblocks and with minimal liability risks.

To aid you in developing the best plan possible, the American Conference Institute has created a publication of conference materials from the forum on Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Response and Management. Industry experts provide practical and comprehensive information on how to:

  • Assume an all-hazards approach when coordinating your disaster readiness plan
  • Harmonize cost and budgetary concerns with operational feasibility
  • Ensure business continuity by evaluating your plan for efficiency
  • Establish clear guidelines for patient care, control, and evacuation
  • Conduct after-action debriefings to assess reaction and performance during the disaster

Contents & Contributors


PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY LAW: DISASTER LAW 101
Melissa L. Markey, Esq., Hall, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PLLC (Troy, Michigan)

DISASTER PLANNING
Maureen Cox, New York Public Employee Safety & Health Program (Albany, NY)

INCORPORATING THE LATEST REGULATORY TRENDS INTO YOUR PREPAREDNESS PLAN
Debbie Mays, St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED, COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE
Wilmer Alvarez, MA, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health (New York, NY)
Carol Jacobsen, Ohio Hospital Association

STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN DEVELOPMENT
David Prosser, MBCP, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of North Carolina (Durham, NC)

BUDGETING FOR EMERGENCIES: MANAGING COSTS PRE- AND POST-DISASTER
Mary Ann Codeglia, San Ramon Regional Medical Center (San Ramon, CA)
David Berg, Center for Bioterrorism & Disaster Preparedness, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)

COORDINATING THE ON-THE-GROUND LOGISTICS
Lori Upton, Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, TX)
John Veltri, Frederick Memorial Hospital (Frederick, MD)

EDUCATING AND TRAINING THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE: MEETING STANDARDS AND COMPETENCIES
James I. Paturas, EMTP, CHS IV, SEM, OEP, Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (New Haven, CT)

MARSHALLING YOUR RESOURCES THROUGH A TRIAGE SYSTEM
Dr. Stephanie M. Reynolds, DO, Emergency Medicine Riverview Medical Center (Red Bank, NJ)

USE, DEPLOYMENT, AND ALLOCATION OF FIRST RECEIVERS, VOLUNTEERS & FIRST RESPONDERS
Peter I. Dworsky, MPH, MICP, MONOC New Jersey's Shared Hospital Services Cooperative (Neptune, NJ)

BALANCING ETHICS AND THE LAW: STANDARDS OF CARE & LIABILITY
Clare Connor Ranalli, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP (Chicago, IL)

THE AFTERMATH: INVENTORY, REVISE, AND RESTRUCTURE
Marc Goldstone, Tenet Health System (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Hal McCard, Chaffe McCall LLP (New Orleans, LA)



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