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Hospital Emergency Response Teams aims to provide authoritative training for hospital personnel in the emergency department, as well community-level medical service personnel, assisting them in times of disaster and emergency.
Comprised of six chapters, the book covers various aspects of emergency response. Some of the aspects are the National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation activities for hospitals and health care systems and the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) IV missions. The book also explains the implementation issues, requirements, and timelines in establishing an internal HICS IV program. It presents the assessment of likely mass casualty events and potential hospital impact. The book also features appendices for emergency response team checklists, PPE donning and doffing guide, ambulatory and non-ambulatory decontamination setup, ETA exercises, and ETA drills.
The book is intended to provide understanding of emergency response to first emergency medicine professionals, first responders, security staff, community-level disaster planners, and public health and disaster management researchers.
- Common sense approach shows what really works, not what is theoretically achievable
- Forms, checklists, and guidelines can be used to develop concrete response plans, validate existing operations, or simply expand knowledge base
- The latest from OSHA, Joint Commission and NIMS (National Incident Management System)
- Cross-disciplinary author team ensures material is appropriate for all member of this important collaboration
Emergency medicine professionals and first responders; hospital security staff; community-level disaster planners. Researchers in public health and disaster management.
1. Command and Control
History of Incident Command Systems Development
2. Assessment of Likely Mass Casualty Events and Potential Hospital Impact
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive Threats
3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Local Hazard Assessment and Selection Criteria
Components of Protective Ensembles
Hazards Associated with Utilization of PPE
Related Worldwide Considerations—International Look
4. Emergency Treatment Area
Purpose of the Emergency Treatment Area (ETA)
ETA Decontamination Zone
5. Triage Principles
Appendix A: Checklist for Developing HERT
Appendix B: HERT Level C PPE Donning and Doffing Guide
Appendix C: HERT Ambulatory/Non-Ambulatory/Technical Decontamination: Decontamination Lane Setup
Appendix D: HERT Decontamination Techniques
Appendix E: HERT Emergency Treatment Area Exercise (7-hour exercise)
Appendix F: HERT Emergency Treatment Area (ETA) Drill (short, intense 2.0-hour drill)
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 2010
- 10th December 2009
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Jan Glarum has over 35 years of experience in the fields of EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, Hospital, Public Health, and Emergency Management, including response to federally declared disasters. His experience includes an extensive background in planning, training, education and response at the local, county, regional, state and federal government levels, including Department of Defense initiatives CONUS and OCONUS. In 1999, he became a founding member of Oregon’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and continues his association with the team.
He has co-authored a number of books including Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Hospital Emergency Response Teams, Pandemic Influenza and a Homeland Security Field Guide. Additionally, he has written numerous articles on emergency and disaster planning and response. He serves as a subject matter expert and speaker on emergency management, disaster planning, and has led hospital emergency response team development for hazardous materials events. He has developed a number of Incident Command System courses for hospital personnel to create operationally competent Incident Management Team members.
Emergency Response Consultant, Alcoa, TN, USA
"...an 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