What is or should be the concept of safety promotion and disaster preparedness program in a hospital setting?

What is or should be the concept of safety promotion and disaster preparedness program in a hospital setting?

by Reynaldo O Joson on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 8:17am

What is  or should be the Concept of Safety Promotion and Disaster Preparedness Program  in a Hospital Setting?

 

There is an institutionalized program on safety promotion and disaster preparedness in a hospital setting.

 

The overall goals must be to promote safety and to constantly be prepared to respond to unavoidable emergencies and disasters in a hospital.

 

The specific goals must include at least the following: 

  • Safety for ALL patients, visitors, and staff in the hospital
  • Effective assistance and management during emergencies (disasters)
  • Prevention of controllable deaths and disabilities
  • Prevention and control of losses (business, finances, properties, and infrastructure)

The targets must include at least the following: 

  • Avoid loss of and disability in

– People in the hospital

– Resources of the hospital

– Business  of the hospital (business discontinuity)

  •  Avoid COMPLAINTS!

The safety promotion part of the program must include at least the following:

  • Promotion of safety in the infrastructure, environment, and all activities in the hospital
  • Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction

 

The disaster preparedness part of the program must include emergency and disaster preparedness to respond to all possible hazards (natural, human-related, technology-related) that pose threats to safety in infrastructure, environment, and all activities in the hospital; to person (patient, visitor, staff) safety in the hospital; and  to business continuity of the hospital.

 

The safety promotion and disaster preparedness program must include the following programs on all possible hazards to the hospital:

  • Prevention
  • Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

NOTE that the above concept puts emphasis on safety promotion and integrates it into the disaster preparedness. It also puts emphasis on safety on medical care of patients, staff occupational safety, and business continuity of the hospital.  With these inclusions and emphases, the above concept that I am advocating is more comprehensive and holistic compared to the traditional concept of disaster preparedness in hospital setting, which is usually just focusing on response to natural disasters.

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