Your hospital has been placed on alert for receiving patients from a local explosion at a large factory. Reports from the scene are spotty in terms of numbers killed or injured, and you do not know how many patients you may be getting. News reports are calling for casualties in the
HCA 675 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1
Your hospital has been placed on alert for receiving patients from a local explosion at a large factory. Reports from the scene are spotty in terms of numbers killed or injured, and you do not know how many patients you may be getting. News reports are calling for casualties in the 100s, but local fire responders are sending in conflicting reports. You need to know what your ED will be receiving, so you can determine whether to close surgery to elective cases and to go on ED bypass for regular patients. Rumors are swirling inside the hospital and the chain of command about how severe the incident is and what it will do to your ability to function. What thoughts do you have about how to learn what you need to know in order to structure the hospital’s preparations and continue regular functioning at the same time? What resources can you tap in order to learn more accurately about the situation at the scene and what you can expect to come to your ED? How would you manage this situation to cause the minimum disruption to regular hospital functioning?
HCA 675 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2
When faced initially with a disaster situation in a health care setting, what do you think your first five steps need to be? Why?
HCA 675 Grand Canyon Week 7 Assignment
Contact a disaster preparedness person at either a local hospital, or local city or county emergency services agency.
Interview your contact, asking the following questions:
1) “What do you consider to be the top three disasters for which you prepare?”
2) “What would you say are your top three lessons learned about managing a disaster?”
Write a paper of 1,000–1,200 words that summarizes your findings from the interview as well as from your readings.
Refer to the assigned readings to incorporate specific examples and details into your paper.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.