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The big eight issues to disaster recovery

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September 1, 2010

When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key areas you need to focus on, said Joseph L. Cappiello, MA, BSN, chair of Cappiello & Associates in Elmhurst, IL. Cappiello spoke to an audience about this topic at the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in Las Vegas May 6–7.

The following eight functions are crucial to your business recovery:

1. Facility

2. Utilities

3. Clinical functions

4. Staff management

5. Information technology (IT) systems

6. Financial systems

7. Security

8. Community response 

There are some key issues you must address as you look at each of those eight functions in light of any emergency or disaster, Cappiello said.

1. Structural recovery of your facility:

  • Ensure the structural integrity of your facility with the appropriate professionals and agencies. “Get people who are qualified and certified to come in and give you good advice and direction,” Cappiello said. For instance, if you have a switch gear that needs repair, be sure it is wired correctly, the work is done according to code, and the equipment will be in service for years. “Find the right people to do the work,” he said.
  • Have adequate staff necessary to maintain your facility. Remember, your buildings may have been damaged and compromised. In fact, you may need to hire additional staff to ensure basics such as security and cleanliness, Cappiello said.
  • Have adequate environmental control systems in place. Ensure air and water quality, pest control, and other essentials.
  • Get approval from your licensing authority to operate. You may need state or federal approval before you can begin operations.
  • Decontaminate your buildings of any mold or fungus as appropriate.
  • Ensure safe access to your buildings for staff, patients, and supply deliveries. You need an entry that’s safe and not cluttered.

 

When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key areas you need to focus on, said Joseph L. Cappiello, MA, BSN, chair of Cappiello & Associates in Elmhurst, IL. Cappiello spoke to an audience about this topic at the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in Las Vegas May 6–7.



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