Saturday, September 10, 2011
we aren't ready for a major disaster
I have never in all my years in the ER had any training in disaster management. There are plans in place in a big binder and online. These are detailed plans that outlien how it all should go. No one ever looks at any of it. It would no doubt be a free for all.
We would handle it. We would have to. There would be no other choice. What scares me the most are the threat of chemical, biological, radioactive stuff. The idea that someone would contaminate the hospital before we would realize what we are dealing with. It also feels proposterous that we would be decontaminating people out in the ambulance bay. But what do I know?
The question is with all the money that has been put into homeland security, terrorism preparedness, it seems like little has been directed toward emergency rooms where the victims would end up. We really have no idea how it would all go, how it would be coordinated between us and other parts of the EMS. Why is that?
There have been some changes: We now have a statewide tracking system of bed availability that is reported every day. In any major event, we are notified what has happened, number of victims and where they are going. Thats progress. But its the actual care of patients that is not being addressed. I wonder if the planning for all of this will ever get to us, the people who will actually care for the victims.
Posted by girlvet at 11:17 PM