Prepare a 1,200 word document analyzing security, government relations, and philanthropic issues related to mass Casualty Incidents. The assignment should cover key issues identified in the week’s readings and incorporate current research on the topic. The assignment should focus on your community or a community of choice if you reside outside of the United States.No less than 4 peer reviewed sources to include the reading below.
Mass-Casualty Incident Management: Non-Clinical Issues
Whether it is during a crisis or normal operations, controlling access to facility is a key part of any security plan. This control can become much more difficult to manage and monitor in a crisis situation if the control mechanisms are not established for certain conditions. To properly plan for crowd control in a crisis, the facility must first establish what population is being controlled; what boundaries of the control are to be exerted; and what goals are necessary to maintain control in any situation.
Security in general and hospital security in particular can require much planning and control than it is required with other types of facilities. Unlike commercial and corporate properties, hospitals become a focal point and gathering area in an emergency. While other facilities must plan for evacuation and escape, hospitals’ preparedness works in the opposite: they must plan for additional work and additional people.
The need to governmental support in Mass Casualty Incident Management at all levels is clear and compelling. The government has the responsibility to efficiently divide available resources, and support the various programs that will benefit the system of disaster mitigation the most. Areas of government financial support include pre-disaster appeals, concurrent funding requests, and post-disaster appeals.
Communication is one the most important factors during all phases phases of a disaster. Regardless of the emergency operation plans, if the commanders cannot communicate to those in the field, communication is of no value. Integral to that communication is the use of standardized language to clearly and unambiguously relay information and instruction to those on the front lines. Communication is also important in the pre-planning and recovery phases of a disaster.
The need for social services in the management of a Mass Casualties is profound. However, the deficiencies in the system are staggering. After a disaster, the local population in particular suffers from the aftermath of the damage to the infrastructure, whether it be a tangible or a virtual infrastructure. It is proposed that the Network Model approach to community Social Services planning is a far more viable and effective method of post-disaster management than the present system.
Creation of a community-oriented disaster plan is a cornerstone of a successful disaster management program. With the support and awareness of the community, the healthcare providers’ task is made more manageable and the stress of the community can be minimized by the knowledge of the situation and potential obstacles.
Reading and Resources
Koenig, K.L. & Schultz, C.H. (2009). Koenig and Schultz’s Disaster Medicine : Comprehensive Principles and Practices. Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16 and 22.
Moynihan, D. P. (2007). From forest fires to Hurricane Katrina: Case studies of incident command systems. IBM Center for Business and Government.
Nutbeam, T & Boylan, M (2013). ABC Series: ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine. BMJ Books. Chapter 35. Available from the Library e-books
Websites and Government Documents
FEMA (2011). A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action
OSHA (2002). Job Hazard Analysis.
Nelson, S. B. (2008). Information management during mass casualty events.
Youngs, A. (n.d.). The role of media in mass casualty events.
Carter, H., Drury, J., Rubin, G. J., Williams, R., & AmlÃ´t, R. (2013). Communication during mass casualty decontamination: Highlighting the gaps. International Journal of Emergency Services, 2(1), 29. doi:10.1108/IJES-06-2012-0026
Elster, E. A., Butler, F. K., & Rasmussen, T. E. (2013). Implications of combat casualty care for mass casualty events. Jama, 310(5), 475-476. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.167481
Nelson, S. B. (2008). Information management during mass casualty events. Respiratory Care, 53(2), 232.
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