IOM: Medical Disaster Planning 'Rudimentary at Best'
Years after lessons gleaned from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, and California wildfires, health systems and government agencies throughout the country are ill-prepared to grapple with major medical catastrophes.
That's the conclusion of a 566-page report from the Institute of Medicine, which calls for communities and health providers across the country to develop "crisis standards of care" (CSC) to respond to catastrophes.
It's necessary "to make sure that emergency medical system teams, public health departments, emergency room management, law enforcement and the healthcare community are all operating off of the same plan," Dan Hanfling, MD, vice-chairman of the report committee, an emergency physician at Inova Health System in Falls Church, VA, explained in an interview.
"What we have seen in the aggregate is a patchwork of capabilities, and we think that there's room for improvement across the board." Hanfling adds that providers and the populations they serve should all think of these terrible events as "predictable surprises, because we know they're going to happen," and to think ahead of how they should be managed, and of some of the ethical and legal questions they may pose as to the allocation of scarce resources like medical equipment and supplies.
- Top Reason for Nurse Turnover: Managers
- CEO Exchange: Pressure is On to Partner, Drive Quality
- Interventional Radiology No Longer a Sub-Specialty
- Behind the CVS Health Rebranding Strategy
- CMS Pitches Medicare Appeals Deal to Hospitals
- Mobile Health Screenings Come Under Scrutiny
- How MA plans to re-enroll 450,000 residents in health insurance
- House OKs Cassidy's 'keep your plan' bill
- Medicare is pricier in unhealthy states, study says
- Washington, Wall Street Gauge HIX Performance as Open Enrollment Nears