Hospital Emergency Management Program: Challenges and Ways Forward
1Emergency Department, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine, Arab Emirates
Introducing Emergency Management "Culture" to hospitals has never been easy. Although hospitals are frequently affected by "emergencies" or "disasters", the literature is very clear that the hospitals' preparedness in not optimal. Hospital Emergency Management Program can dramatically improve the response to disasters and ensure better understanding of all Disaster Cycle phases. The lecture will give an overview of Emergency Management for hospitals, steps should be taken to introduce the "program", advantages, and challenges faced in working in hospitals. The lecture will highlight several case scenarios where the program implementation was efficiently used, compared to other hospitals lacking such structure. Several practical recommendations will be highlighted.