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The Challenge of Hospital Emergency Preparedness

May 30, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The devastating impact of the tragic schools shootings that our country has been experiencing is having an impact in health care as well. 

Hospitals are increasingly aware that there needs to be plans in place to protect physicians and nurses and other health care workers, as well as patients. 

The majority of hospitals have disaster drills in which they usually break things down into several stages, including preparedness, response, and recovery. But handling an emergency in the hospital setting, especially if someone has a weapon or has potential for inflicting harm, is very tricky. 

Over the years, hospitals have traditionally prepared for scenarios such as a bus crash and high numbers of patients coming to the hospital for care. They have also prepared for chemical attacks and ramifications of those issues in the community. 

Now there needs to be a greater focus on what to do in the event of a violent intruder.