Emergency Management When an emergency happens, it is best to be prepared and understand where to go and how to arrive there. Most people will go to his or her local hospital to seek assistance, whereas some may be brought to the facility by an emergency vehicle. In any case emergency management needs to know what he or she needs to do to protect their community and themselves. Emergency management (EM) entails An emergency is the unplanned events that cause harm and death and can happen within an organization or even the environment.
Emergencies are fires, whether it be man-made or by nature, floods, tornados, hurricanes, winter storms, earthquake, chemical, or an explosion. Emergency management is in place for the prevention and preparation of emergencies influenced by humans or a natural disaster. Management is in place to make sure that the planning, training and drills are performed and all staff is aware of his or her duties in time of disasters. This management team is in place not to scare people, but to help protect the staff, community and environment (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
To make sure that an organization is prepared, the organization must have a plan. A great way to make sure that organization has a plan is to have a planning team. This team encourages people to get involved, enhances awareness and provides a structure. The team should include a planning section chief, resources unit leader, situation unit leader, documentation unit leader and a demobilization unit leader. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was put in place to provide a template for organization cooperation and promotes interoperability and coordination.
The core concepts are preparedness, communications and information management, resource management, command and management and ongoing management and maintenance (Emergency Medical Services Authority). Experience with emergency management The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) has a training program for hospitals. The Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) programs purpose is to train staff members for a disaster. The eight hour course provides guidance to staff and others that support the hospital. The staff learns the use of HERT, the organization and operation of Hospital Incident Command
System (HICS) and how to respond to a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). The team learns to differentiate the effects of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) incident. In addition the staff learns the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent contamination and the facility’s Emergency Treatment Area (ETA) to support a MCI. In completion of the course, the staff members receive a certificate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (Center of Domestic Preparedness (HERT)).
Fundaments of Healthcare Emergency Management (FUND) or what is now known as Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management (FRAME) is a course a person can take at the CDP. The course is a thirty-two hour course that teaches the responders to apply the planning, implementing and managing of an emergency response plan. Through scenario-driven exercises provide personal for the development, implementation, maintenance and administration of emergency management.
Personal will learn how healthcare facilities and their systems integrate into a community emergency response plan, how to requirement planning, how to complete a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA), describe ethical issues, financial planning and crafting a Single Overriding Communication Objective (SOCO) (Center of Domestic Preparedness (FRAME)). In conclusion, healthcare personal are in the place to help the community as well as the patients in his or her facility.