When disaster strikes, will you be ready?
Just at that moment, the command center calls and wants to know your staff-to-patient ratio and how many RNs and unlicensed assistive personnel your unit can send to the ED. Do you know your role in a disaster?
Knowing your hospital's disaster plan is key to surviving what could potentially be a very long day, week, or weeks. One of the goals of Healthy People 2020 is preparedness to improve the nation's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. The goal is to empower individuals and ensure awareness.1 To be prepared at all times requires vigilance and familiarity with your institution's disaster plan. As discussed here, this is best accomplished by developing, maintaining, and practicing the plan at work.