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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book fills a void in the emergency response literature by outlining important emergency management principles and practices for healthcare organizations. Contributors to this edited work put flesh onto the bones provided by the editors.
Purpose: The editors attempt to draw on the experience of many different disciplines and institutions in order to provide clear, practical guidance for healthcare organizations likely to be involved in emergency events. The book meets these important objectives and provides a resource that can guide preparedness and response activities in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Audience: The spectrum of relevant topics addressed in this book hit the target audience of healthcare professionals and managers square on with understandable frameworks and practical resources. The editors, as well as the many contributors, have considerable experience and credibility in their fields.
Features: The book covers the entire gamut of emergency preparedness topics applicable to the health sector. Policies and practices for hospitals are intertwined with broader emergency response topics such as incident command systems, credentialing of volunteer workers, trauma triage protocols, and mass fatality management. The book's strength is in its solid, practical, experience-based information and tools. Graphics, figures, and other basic features of the book are unremarkable.
Assessment: This valuable compendium of principles and practices for healthcare emergency management is a great resource for education and training, and an even more valuable resource for institutional and community planning efforts. The book's comprehensive approach to the role of health professionals and institutions in emergency situations nicely compliments current books on emergency management and on public health emergency preparedness and response.