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Identifying Challenges, Creating Solutions   

Volume 12, Issue 19 | May 2015  

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Playbook for disasters - June 2nd Webinar



YNHHS-CEPDR will be conducting a webinar on June 2nd to describe how it works within the Yale New Haven Health System's Delivery Network Hospitals to develop and implement playbooks for disaster response operations. The webinar will discuss how the playbook concept evolved from planning for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients and will highlight how YNHHS-CEPDR:

  • Works with various affiliate hospital departments to identify the triggers and procedures for activation for a potential case presentation
  • Maximizes the space of the playbook to convey the appropriate level of information
  • Adapts the concept to apply to other disaster scenarios
  • Migrates information contained in similar tools (i.e. Synchronization Matrices) into the playbook format
  • Applies the approach to other facilities

YNHHS-CEPDR and Greywall Software will also share how the playbook content and flow was migrated into the Veoci Virtual Emergency Management platform and provide a demonstration of its capability.

The webinar is available at no cost and pre-registration is required. To register click here and to learn more contact us. 


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Management of disease following the earthquake in Nepal nepalquake


Healthcare facilities in areas affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal are facing ongoing challenges in managing diabetes, heart patients and tuberculosis. Many medications, particularly for TB, are only effective if they are administered daily and any lapse in treatment may render them ineffective, or worse, contribute to resistant strains of disease. In many areas of the world this is already a challenge in the day-to-day environment, and in Nepal the challenge is even greater given the level of destruction their infrastructure recently endured.


Reduced access to care, coupled with increases in high blood pressure (reportedly linked to the earthquake) and damaged infrastructure has prompted the WHO to constantly monitor drug availability to ensure medication levels are sufficient for the population. To learn more about the WHO and the issues faced in Nepal, click here.

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Hurricane Season starts June 1st HurrSeas

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May 24, 2015 - May 30, 2015 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Although the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st, 2015, it has already had 1 named tropical storm. Tropical Storm Ana made landfall on the South Carolina coast on Mother's Day of this year with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and brought with it heavy rain, with North Myrtle Beach experiencing about 4" of rain.


Extended Range Forecasts for this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season from Colorado State University indicate a less active season is expected. In fact, the CSU predictions indicate that this could be one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century. This is largely due to an expected moderate El Nino and quite cool waters over the tropical and subtropical Atlantic. Read the full forecast here


Remember, it only takes 1 tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane to cause widespread damage and disruption. Despite the forecast for below-average activity this season, people in areas vulnerable to tropical activity should remain vigilant, update and exercise plans and take appropriate action if a storm is anticipated to impact their area. For more information about tropical cyclone preparedness click here or contact us.



A recent collaboration between ASPR and a regional coalition in southeastern Pennsylvania provided a unique opportunity to measure the costs and benefits of preparing for disasters. This resulted in one of the first economic evaluations applied to preparedness and showed it does pay to be prepared.


Working with the regions Surge Medical Assistance Response Team, or SMART, they were able to evaluate both the cost of the resources they had available and the cost of responding to their local disasters in recent years. This showed the regional response team produced positive returns on investment after roughly six years. It also revealed a number of factors that would contribute to the break-even point for each community as well as a number of innovative ways regional response teams could be funded.  To learn more click here.


Civil Disturbances and Hospitals - Are you ready?civdistb

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In the wake of protests and riots in urban areas such as Baltimore, MD and Ferguson, MO, hospitals are faced with a reminder that emergency plans for civil disturbances may need to be reviewed.


Recent events continue to highlight the impact that civil disturbance events can have on hospital operations. Along with the potential for a large number of casualities, hospitals located in the community where the event is occurring may be faced with staffing issues and concerns, supply chain disruptions, and other security concerns if protests turn violent and riots ensue. Disruptions can quickly escalate to disaster events with emergency departments becoming inundated with injured protestors and/or public safety personnel, especially when conflicting groups are co-mingled in a hospital. Hospitals should be asking themselves "What if this happened in our city?" and discussing the various options and implications that unrest could have on their ability to maintain a safe environment of care for staff, patients and visitors.


Is your facility prepared for a civil disturbance? To learn more about considerations for these types of emergencies or about civil disturbance exercises, contact us.





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