Special Interest Resources
The information is this section focuses on providing guidance and tools to hospitals to respond to any natural or man-made incident, including terrorism that results in a number of ill or injured persons sufficient to overwhelm the capabilities of immediate local and regional emergency response and health care systems.
- This document provides valuable information and guidance for emergency plans related ot critical water usage in a health care facility that could be impacted by a water outtage.
- re-engineered discharge project.
- Florida Department of Health Hospital Emergency Evacuation Toolkit (Reviewed May 2011) - This toolkit is intended to support Florida's acute care hospitals' all-hazard preparedness activities. The document provides a guide for the development of an effective evacuation plan. It builds upon lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina as well as the evacuations from Florida Hospitals over the past decade.
The purpose of this section is to provide guidance to assist hospitals to increase their medical surge capacity and capability. By increasing surge capacity and capability, hospitals can be better prepared to respond to a catastrophic event and triage and treat an increased number of victims. (See Medical Surge for additional information below)
- - Report, Toolkit, and Facility Checklist.
Medical Surge Resources
Mutual Aid, Coalitions, and Other Partnerships
- - Model Hospital Mutual Aid MOU - Includes link to American Hospital Association MOU model and others
- Hospital Disaster Mutual Aid Overview - Information and additional resources demonstrate the potential offered by mutual aid agreements and provide examples that can be adapted to improve your hospital's mutual aid agreements.
- Polk County Hospitals Memorandum of Understanding for Mutual Aid
Pediatric Preparedness Resources
Hospital Disaster Plans need to incorporate the unique and specific vulnerabilities of children during a public health or mass casualty incident. Planning for the pediatric population needs to be integrated into all aspects and stages of disaster planning. Links in this section provide information and resources to assist hospitals in improving pediatric emergency care and meeting the needs of this population during a disaster.
- - Provides a variety of reports and resources including a policy statement on "Care of Children in the Emergency Department.
- Florida Department of Health Emergency Medical Services for Children in Florida - Contains links to guidance, information, products, and educational tools.
- - Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
- - Established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Natural disasters and terrorism are highlighted trauma types for information and resources.
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