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This webpage contains information to assist facility personnel in planning for patient discharge.

Catastrophic Planning 

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.

Discharge Planning 

The links in this section provide plans, procedures, and guidance to assist hospital personnel in planning for the discharge of patients to help them continue improving outside of a clinical setting.  
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  • 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.    

Hospital Surge 

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. 

Mass Casualty 

The following links provide hospitals with resources that include elements of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. They take into consideration such factors as the appropriateness and adequacy of physical facilities, organizational structures, human resources, and communication systems.      

Medical Surge Resources 

The following links provide planning documents, checklists, and general guidance for hospitals when they need to prepare for major emergencies or disasters involving human casualties. Such events will severely challenge the ability of healthcare systems to adequately care for large numbers of patients (surge capacity) and/or victims with unusual or highly specialized medical needs (surge capability). (See Hospital Surge for additional information)    
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Mutual Aid, Coalitions, and Other Partnerships 

Information is this section includes sample mutual aid and other agreements for shared resources, guidance, and other tools to assist hospitals develop and implement partnerships and collaborations for community medical surge capacity and capability.

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. 

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  • - 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.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free may be required to view these files.