Healthcare Emergency Outline
Thesis Statement: The situation has made hospitals develop and adopt an all-comprehensive
emergency management effort instead of focusing on specific threats like disease outbreaks.
However regardless of all these dynamics hospitals must look beyond these emergencies and
threats and work with stakeholders to design inclusive, and comprehensive emergency
management approaches and preparedness that cannot be overwhelmed during emergencies.
Analysis of the Healthcare Setting.
Assessment of Site and Location Capabilities.
Evaluation of Response Challenges and Outcomes.
Running head: HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Healthcare Emergency Management
HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Healthcare emergency management is one of the most important investments that a
healthcare provider can make. The concept is not new as nations, agencies and organizations
must be ready to deal with issues that arise in unplanned situations. Over the years, emergency
management has changed, and in recent planning, there have been dedicated emergency
departments that are entrusted with dealing and suppressing emergencies as soon as they happen.
Most healthcare providers have gone beyond this stage and even have created the position of an
emergency manager whose chief role is to coordinate emergency activities like disease
outbreaks, catastrophes leading to loss of life or situations that could compromise the health of
the community (Farley, Suraweera, Perera, Hess, & Ebi, 2017). Health care management
responsibilities have since time immemorial been left to the hospitals especially in matters of fire
safety, handling victims from casualty events, and back up in all these unpredictable events.
The limited nature of emergency events in the communities has reduced the
responsiveness and preparedness of the hospitals towards the issues. All health institutions must
prepare adequately and plan for emergencies that might happen from time to time. Acts of
terrorism, hurricanes, cyclones, public health emergencies or other emergencies are the best test
of an institution's commitment to emergency management and responsiveness as all these
situations require a bulwark of dedicated resources to overcome and handle. The general public
and communities are also highly expectant that the hospitals and other healthcare institutions and
facilities will play a significant role in helping contain the emergencies or reduce the impact of
such crises (Williams, Jean, Chen, Molinari, & LeBlanc, 2017). In as much as the situations
HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
might be overwhelming, healthcare institutions are expected to continually provide both
emergency care, and support regardless of the magnitude and demand of services.
The ever-changing nature of communities has in recent years transformed hospitals to
centers of refuge, especially when dangerous conditions or environments are felt or experienced
by a group of people. The design of hospitals should be able to provide reliable communication,
shelter, air, and food, water and safety always. In the last ten years, the level of public confidence
in hospitals has proved that individuals will flock to hospitals even if they do not require medical
care. The best example in this is during the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the famous Northeast
Blackout in 2003. Malicious groups of people and terrorists have been seeking to take advantage
of this, and this has prompted the hospitals to focus on security and less on emergency
management frameworks and structures (Williams, Jean, Chen, Molinari, & LeBlanc, 2017). The
situation has made hospitals develop and adopt an all-comprehensive emergency management
effort instead of focusing on specific threats like disease outbreaks. However regardless of all
these dynamics hospitals must look beyond these emergencies and threats and work with
stakeholders to design inclusive, and comprehensive emergency management approaches and
preparedness that cannot be overwhelmed during emergencies.
Analysis of Healthcare Setting
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a private hospital located in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana with a bed capacity of 1020 beds. The hospital has invested in resources a...