Disaster Preparedness

Although September 11, 2001 revealed America’s vulnerability to domestic terrorism, the U.S. healthcare system is still deficient when it comes to surge capacity. For hospitals which believe themselves to be over “capacity” daily, managing a sudden, surprise increase in patient volume seems out of the question.

Despite the urgency voiced by federal, state and local agencies, hospitals often do not have the time or resources to undertake comprehensive disaster preparedness planning.

TeleTracking experts can provide a surge capacity blueprint for your institution which will maximize resources, make additional beds available, and address staff and patient logistics, infrastructure, and command and control issues.

Using a collaborative approach, TeleTracking will form a multi-disciplinary employee team, identify a project manager and remain highly involved in the plan's development through implementation.

The final plan will assure that the in-bound flow of patients is direct and open, with triage near the entry point and treatment areas pre-determined and clearly identified. It will also address current patient flow patterns and bed management issues and make recommendations as needed regarding how these processes might be improved.

The plan will provide a means for efficiently tagging and tracking disaster victims by making use of automated patient tracking and other on-line assets. For hospitals which still perform most information processes manually, TeleTracking will recommend technology which can provide real time data for assessing and projecting bed status and convert time lags in the flow process into additional capacity.