Disaster management: Better management of hospital resources and staff is the answer

ter situation simulations, emphasizing hospital response. In addition, web-based knowledge collections should be available to health workers for last minute, quick and easy querying at the time of an event.

Co-operation between hospitals in the vicinity of a disaster must improve, with improved communications, better training and planning, and triage algorithms that can help move hospital staff as opposed to patients. Currently, for a large-scale disaster patients are segregated to specific facilities according to condition or patient-based resource allocation. Planning and preparedness would allow for a better, more efficient exchange of material and human resources when needed.

In all, the most pressing needs are education and training, and more detailed planning that acknowledges the specific disaster medical needs of hospitals and ICU's worldwide.


Contact: Juliette Savin
BioMed Central

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