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A hospital can continue to function as designed during disasters or unusual events if a Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) protects the facility by establishing and staffing an Emergency Treatment Area. For the first time, here is an entire text dedicated to developing a free-standing operational team capable of protecting the facility and staff. The authors address every component required to build this capacity which if properly designed, is mobile enough to be operated at a remote site, offering the service to less prepared facilities, or facilities that find themselves overwhelmed due to their close proximity to the disaster epicenter. Not only will your facility gain operational capacity, but it will go a long way toward meeting Joint Commission requirements. This book covers information that in a crisis situation is crucial to emergency medical service personnel and hospital staff in the emergency department, nursing, clinician, and other technical or support positions. It is also required reading for community public safety personnel or those charged with community-level planning to better understand hospital capabilities and needs in times of disaster.
Chapter 1: Command and Control
Chapter 2: Assessment of Likely Mass Casualty Events and Potential Hospital Impact
Chapter 3: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Chapter 4: Emergency Treatment Area
Chapter 5: Triage Principles
Chapter 6: Decontamination
Chapter 7: Special Circumstances
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