Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies
Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation
Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies.
Life-threatening emergencies become a top priority, but those with less critical injuries still need assistance. If there are other hospitals within a reasonable distance, up to an hour away, and the victim can handle a short ambulance ride, take them elsewhere to free up space in closer hospitals for critically injured individuals.
When a regional emergency hits, staff and space are precious commodities. Request resources from other facilities through your healthcare partnerships such as medical staff, equipment and more blood from other hospitals or even specialty clinics in your area. Many times hospitals have backups and extra resources on hand, but in a large scale, regional emergency those back up options may quickly run out. Having a working partnership with other medical professionals and services in your region can help alleviate some stress and get victims the care they need.
Consider connecting and planning with smaller healthcare facilities to take patients into their offices with operating rooms to perform minor procedures or lab tests. Doing this takes pressure off the primary hospital and allows the response to become community wide, without overrunning the primary hospital and minimizing the wait time for other resources to be brought in.
Another option to increasing healthcare partnerships during a regional emergency is to set up triage outside of the hospital and request other area medical professionals to volunteer their time to work triage for non-life threatening injuries. Minor first aid and things like casts and slings, can be handled in a separate triage location, allowing inside staff to focus on patients with severe injuries and in critical condition.
Regional emergencies can quickly become overwhelming for local hospitals accepting a large volume of victims. If you are one of those critical hospitals that would accept victims, start preparing now and partnering with other medical professionals in your community to come up with a plan to meet the needs you may anticipate. If you are a smaller healthcare facility, partner with larger hospitals in your region to find a way to help them meet the need of providing care to any and all victims that may need help during a regional emergency such as an active shooter, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. Healthcare partnerships can make a big difference when responding to regional emergencies.