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My opinions on Hospital Emergency Preparedness are nothing new

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I've receieved reader emails asking if all this talk about hospital preparedness, accountability during crisis, and the after-the-fact accusations is a new outcome from recent legal decisions.

The quick answer is, no.

In fact, I've been talking about these and other hospital emergency preparedness topics in Rule of Outcomes fashion for a long time. Its nice to be ahead of the curve...

In response to those emails, I recalled discussion on the topic of Dr. Anna Pou and the allegations against her and other staff from Memorial Medical Center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In this talk, from Mitigation Journal podcast (originally recorded in 2007) I discussed the issues that are now foremost on the minds of many in healthcare emergency management.

In this re-issue, we'll consider the implication of crisis decision making, triaging of limited medical resources, incident action planning, and standard of response versus sufficiency of response.

This clip will reiterate many of the points in from the recent Tenet Health/Katrina decision. It will also serve as a primer to get you thinking about the possibilities and adverse outcomes in crisis decision making.

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  1. This is not a new issue in hospital facilities. They need to come up with ideal solutions.

  2. Emergency preparedness is a critical issue not just for hospitals, but also for hospice care and other medical facilities and charities. Thanks for taking the time to share.


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