Hi, I have 2 of my classmate posts. I need you to respond to each one separately. , one source at least for each one of them.
What are some of the biggest challenges in developing and implementing a preparedness exercise in a hospital setting?
What differences/similarities exist between hospital and municipal preparedness exercises
The preparedness exercise is designed to prepare response teams to respond to an unreal emergency. The activity allows members to boost their plans, improve the design and identify areas of improvements. The exercise is a great method to weigh the program, test and validate recently adopted procedures and enhance coordination among the involved teams. A full-scale exercise is prepared to be as real as possible. It uses appropriate equipment and personnel that would be contacted to assist during an actual event. The practice is prepared by first assessing the needs and existing capabilities of an institute (Sharma, 2017). A preparedness plan is presented to the people before the exercise is conducted. The preparedness exercise has been practiced successfully in many organizations, but it has proven to be challenging in hospitals. Hospitals face many challenges that often prevent the success of a preparedness exercise. These issues include:
Whole Day Operations
Hospitals have unpredictable demands for emergency services. This creates fluctuation of utilization on hourly and even weekly
Hospitals have minimal facilities to deal with emergencies. Most hospitals operate under full capacity. Therefore, any temporary surge in routine will lead to crowding or ambulance diversions. This will lead to reduced qualities of services in hospitals. Besides, a drill will shift the sufficient care
The funds geared towards
A hospital is a facility that incurs
Similarities and differences between Hospital and Municipal Preparedness Exercises
The significant similarities between a
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This is the second post
- Challenges in Developing and Implementing a Preparedness Exercise in a Hospital Setting
Intuitively, the biggest challenge at the implementation stage is the schedule. Finding the appropriate time to conduct the drill and preparedness exercise may be difficult since hospitals are always busy addressing the patient’s needs. Considering the sensitive nature of their operations, they are operational day and night thus find the appropriate time to undertake preparedness exercise can be a challenge.
- Preparedness Exercise for Municipal and Hospital
Preparedness exercises for hospital and municipal are almost similar, but there is some distinction when it is carefully analyzed. Preparedness exercises for hospital and municipal displayed a similarity in terms of their goals. Both preparedness exercises have the same goals or functionality since they are explicitly conducted for risk reduction in case of an emergency. Another similarity is exhibited since they both have the objective of enabling the affected entity to survive a crisis and recover quickly independently. However, there is a difference in the preparedness exercise for hospital and municipal notably in terms of the nature of their emergency preparedness. The hospital preparedness exercises are typically related healthcare such as the outbreak of diseases or food contaminations or incidents which might occur internally inside the hospital for example fire incidents. But the municipal preparedness exercises are general, and it encompasses emergencies which affect the general population such as terror attacks or floods (Reilly & Markenson, 2010). The other difference exhibited in the hospital, and municipal preparedness exercise is regarding the intensity and complexity of the emergency they are addressing. Hospital preparedness activity typical address incidents or significant incidents which have a direct impact on the healthcare while municipal preparedness exercise address disasters and catastrophe which have adverse effects on a considerable number of people.
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Reilly, M., & Markenson, D. S. (2010). Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice