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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anna L. Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS,(University of Arkansas)
Description: This is an excellent "lessons learned" book that anyone working in healthcare should read and keep as a reference.
Purpose: It is designed as a quick read for healthcare leaders to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and large-scale catastrophic events. The four helpful sections of the book direct readers to the specific information they may need in a hurry.
Audience: It is written for healthcare leaders.
Features: The book covers four main topics: preparedness, response, recovery, and lessons learned. The best part of the book is the lessons learned section. Of particular importance is the cost of catastrophe placed in a chronological table, a very helpful tool. The only shortcoming is that the book does not include how to set up a tent unit as was done in Joplin, Missouri, after the May tornado.
Assessment: This is a valuable, well-written book outlining the processes and information needed to survive as a facility in a catastrophic event. It should be updated frequently. I donated my copy to a nurse working in a post-disaster unit.