Hospitals should be safe from disasters (WPRO)

This manual is a project of the Pilipino Department of Health-Health Emergency Management Staff and National Center for Health Facility Development, with support from the Association of Hospital Administrators and the WHO.

Hospitals should be safe from disasters

Health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation (EURO)

This project, carried out with the collaboration and financial support of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, aims to develop simple integrated procedures to enable hospital administrators to perform a preliminary qualitative/ quantitative) hospital vulnerability assessment, identify possible weak elements in the facility and set priorities for further in-depth investigations and possible mitigation measures.

Health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation

Seismic safety of non-structural elements and contents of hospital buildings (SEARO)

These guidelines, part of the Disaster Risk Management document series prepared under the Government of India-UNDP DRM Programme, address non-structural damage and vulnerability during an earthquake. In hospitals, non-structural elements may account for up to 80–90% of the total facility value.

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Guidelines for hospital emergency preparedness planning (UNDP)

These guideline intends to support hospitals in formulating their own “all hazard” emergency plans in accordance with their manpower and infrastructural resources. It serves as a guide in developing integrated hospital plans consistent with their city or community disaster management plans. Emphasis is laid on strengthening the functioning, coordination and response for an enhanced pre-hospital and hospital care.

Guidelines for hospital emergency preparedness planning

Mass casualty management systems

During emergencies, experience shows that the community is the first to provide assistance. However, many countries have not yet developed mass casualty management plans, and communities are often left alone to develop preparedness and response plans. Building capacity at the community level to develop such plans requires strong involvement by health authorities at all levels as well as support from other sectors. In 2006, WHO held a Global Consultation on Mass Casualty Management which produced guidelines designed to help policy-makers, decision-makers and emergency managers at all levels to overcome the gaps in health system preparedness for managing mass casualty incidents.

Mass Casualty Management Guidelines

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