Review Ennis’s EMP model. How would you improve it? Is there any crossover
with other hospital department responsibilities?
Although Ennis has developed a comprehensive plan that can be applied to other calamities
other than a surge in incoming contaminated victims, I find some aspects that need to be
modified that can uplift the model to an optimal state.
Improvements: The model suggests that EMS providers with First Responder Awareness
Level training should not be included in the transporting and treatment of the
contaminated patients. I find this to be limiting for the hospital abilities to respond and
treat contaminated patients. As a part of EMS providers education, the use of PPE and
Decontamination process are taught. Hence, it is rather extra precautionary to limit the
transporting and treatment abilities to the EMS providers with advanced training.
The Ennis model suggests choosing the most isolated areas in the hospital and designates
them as the decontamination areas such as the Morgue. Then, it is suggested that an
outdoor decontamination area is better. In my opinion, setting up a decontamination area
in outdoor settings must be mandatory for several reasons. First, it will significantly limit
infections from airborne diseases. Second, it will reduce the financial costs when the
hospital decides to shut down its ventilating system. Monitoring the air quality and using
instruments and experts will cost the hospital a great deal of money, while they can invest
it in more training renewing the decontamination site. Third, setting up the
decontamination area outside will limit the interruptions to the hospital operations, the
only interruptions will be getting the staff to leave their place of work and respond to the
Surely the model approaches the emergency planning and response from different angles
and using all the resources within the hospital to achieve its objectives. For example, the
model suggests extensive training on PPE application and procedures, which suggest the
collaboration of ER staff, OR staff, and health and safety department.
Provide a table of contents for your hypothetical emergency management plan.
Table of Contents
B. Risk Assessment
1. Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment
C. Roles and Responsibilities
1. Incident Command System
2. Communication plan
3. Assignment of staff
1. Restoration of services
2. Behavioral health services
Ennis, S.(2001). Model Emergency Management Program Hospitals and Community
Emergency Response -What You Need to Know Emergency Response Safety Series, U.S.
Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 3152 (1997)
Purchase answer to see full