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Hospital Emergency Response Teams

Triage for Optimal Disaster Response

A hospital can continue to function during a disaster or terrorist attack if a Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) protects the facility by the establishing and staffing of an Emergency Treatment Area. For the first time, here is an entire text dedicated to developing a free-standing operational team capable of protecting the healthcare center and its employees. This unit, if properly designed, is mobile enough to operate at a remote site, offering services to less prepared facilities. Not only does the hospital gain operational capacity by creating such a team, it also goes a long way toward meeting JCAHO’s accreditation requirements.

This book covers information that in an emergency is crucial to emergency medical service personnel and hospital staff in the emergency department, nursing, clinician, and other technical or support positions. It is also required reading for community public safety personnel and those charged with community-level planning, allowing them to better understand hospital capabilities and needs in times of disaster.

Emergency medicine professionals and first responders; hospital security staff; community-level disaster planners. Researchers in public health and disaster management.

Paperback, 256 Pages

Published: December 2009

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-701-6


  • " excellent starting point for someone about to embark on the process of building a decontamination program in his or her facility."--Anjanette Hebert, Director of Security and Safety, Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA


  • Chapter 1: Command and Control

    Chapter 2: Assessment of Likely Mass Casualty Events and Potential Hospital Impact


    Chapter 3: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Chapter 4: Emergency Treatment Area

    Chapter 5: Triage Principles

    Chapter 6: Decontamination

    Chapter 7: Special Circumstances


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