Tag: Disaster Planning

Hospitals curtail outpatient care, ramp up staffing in advance of solar eclipse

Editor's Note Monday’s solar eclipse has prompted hospitals in affected areas to implement precautionary measures in advance of an expected influx of visitors as well as potential communication and other difficulties, Becker’s Hospital Review reported April 2. Areas in the path of totality, which stretches from Central Texas to Northeastern…

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By: Matt Danford
April 4, 2024
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Healthcare leaders weigh supply chain impact of Baltimore bridge collapse

Editor's Note The collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge last Tuesday morning could impact the shipment of medical supplies, according to healthcare leaders quoted in a March 17 report in Chief Healthcare Executive. “Currently, any healthcare provider using a distributor in the area will likely face some impact, including…

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By: Matt Danford
March 29, 2024
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Hot-button healthcare issues lead to “elevated” threat from domestic extremists

Editor's Note Divisive cultural issues such as abortion, gender-related care, and disagreements over the COVID-19 pandemic will "amplify the health care sector's visibility as a potential target for attack" by domestic extremists, according to a March 4 ABC News report on a confidential memo issued by the Department of Homeland…

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By: Matt Danford
March 6, 2024
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Disaster-zone deployments demand courage amid crisis

Nursing is not a career path for the faint of heart. However, working in places wracked by civil strife and natural catastrophes can strain the composure of the most elite in any specialty. If the OR tent lifting away in strong post-hurricane winds stateside is not bad enough, imagine having…

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By: David C. Walsh
January 23, 2024
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Five tips to preparing for emergency outpatient surgery

Editor's Note The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Buzz on April 24 published five precautionary tips for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to implement in order to “respond quickly and effectively” to emergencies during outpatient surgery. They are: Establish a culture of safety. Prior to a surgical procedure, conduct a comprehensive physical examination…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 5, 2023
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White House releases strategy to improve preparedness for future biological threats

Editor's Note On October 18, the White House released the “National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan for Countering Biological Threats, Enhancing Pandemic Preparedness, and Achieving Global Health Security” (the strategy), Becker's Hospital Review October 19 reports. The strategy includes the objective to create enough vaccines for the US population within…

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By: Bridget Brown
October 21, 2022
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Many hospitals are at risk of flooding from hurricanes, study finds

Editor's Note Hundreds of hospitals are at risk of flooding from Hurricane Ian according to a Harvard study, Becker's Hospital Review September 29 reports. As the Category 2 hurricane makes its way through Florida, at least 50 percent of hospitals in 25 metropolitan areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 29, 2022
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Hospitals can still be better prepared for natural disasters

When a natural disaster strikes—whether flood, tornado, hurricane, or wildfire—nearly every aspect of a healthcare system’s operations are impacted. There is an influx of patients in crisis and a spike in calls for emergency services. There are logistical problems—impassable roads, power outages, and communication and internet breakdowns. Supply chain disruptions…

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By: Brita Belli
June 28, 2022
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Innovation Spot: Leveraging technology to address gaps in staffing

Is technology part of the answer for nursing staff woes? As COVID-19 patients continue to fill hospital beds, caregivers are feeling exhausted, burned out, and unappreciated. OR nurses have been especially hit hard, as shifts in surgeries and overflowing patient wards stretch OR nurses beyond their limits and comfort zones.…

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By: Christine Havlin, MBA, BS, RN and Kim Haines, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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Study: Moral distress experienced by nurses on frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, nurse researchers from DePaul University in Chicago document the emotions of 100 nurses throughout the US who cared for patients during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings: Nurses described many forms of frustration while providing patient care, such as frustration with healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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