Nature is collectively composed of humans , animals, plants, waters, stars, oceans and so on. Human and non human dwell in this beautiful nature. Unfortunately, disasters tend to occur once in a while. Disasters could be man-made or natural. When natural disasters occur, great damage occurs and sometimes people lose their lives because they are sudden. .Natural disaster can be in different forms, such as floods, wildfires, tsunamis, mudslides and even volcano eruptions. Before disaster strikes, organisations need to have a plan in place; Most healthcare facilities tend to plan ahead incase of a disaster that they follow in case there is a disaster.
My healthcare facility has a storage area that is fully stocked with emergency supplies that patients and healthcare workers will use incase disaster strikes. There are gallons of water, non perishable food items, gowns, towels, diapers. There is also a plan in place that we go over once a month and refresher courses. There are generators in place that kick in as soon as power is lost. That enables the facility to have power. In an event power lines and computers are destroyed, EHR data will still be preserved as this data is stored away from the original place. My organisation uses google cloud to store data in an event of a disaster and distraction of on site copies.
Healthcare facilities are to be opened 24hrs with or without natural disasters in place. As nurses, we still have a duty to make sure patients are taken care of and they are safe. In an event EHR is not accessible for a week, an approved paper chart form is used to chart on patient care. The organisation can also use paper to sign in patients in order to keep track of who is in the facility and who missed the appointment. Since bills cannot be paid electronically, bill slips should be available for use. Paper charting will also be put in place, because charting on patients does not stop just because the computers are down.
Natural disaster is beyond anyone’s control and as human beings we have to implement a plan to minimize fatality rate. Every healthcare facility has to have an updated disaster management plan. Facilities have to make sure the infrastructures are strong enough to accommodate whatever situation. Facilities should have water sprinklers inplace incase of fire, there should be good communication especially on what to do incase there is a disaster.
Disaster is unpredictable and sudden, it’s crucial to have a back up plan in place, for instance backup equipment such as generators, paper charts, non perishable foods and water, dial up internet.’
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