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Hospitals need better disaster preparedness

Friday, November 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
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"Frankenstorm  "  Exposed Hospitals' Lack of Disaster Preparedness,

Read Sharon Begley's story in the Insurance Journal

The equipment failures at NYU and nearby Bellevue Hospital, the nation's oldest and one of its busiest, brought to the fore what emergency experts have warned for years. Despite bitter lessons from the recent past, U.S. hospitals are far from ready to protect patients when disaster strikes their facilities. "I've been asking hospitals to look at their own survivability” after a natural or manmade disaster, "and I just can't get it on their radar screens,” said Dr. Art Kellerman, an expert in emergency preparedness in healthcare at the RAND Corp. "If you asked me the one city in America that has its act together, I would have said New York. That tells you how much trouble we're in in Dayton and Detroit and Sacramento.”

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