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close this bookHealth Services Organization in the Event of Disaster (PAHO)
close this folderChapter 6: Implementing the plan in hospitals
View the documentGeneral objectives of the plan
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View the documentFamily information center
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View the documentCapacity and general means of attaining the objectives
View the documentIdentification of hospital staff
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View the documentAmbulance fleet
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View the documentMorgue
View the documentWorkday
View the documentWomen's volunteer corps
View the documentGeneral coordination instructions
View the documentActivities of other divisions, departments, or units
View the documentCoordinator's instructions to all units and departments
View the documentFinal considerations
View the documentTermination of the disaster plan

General coordination instructions

The lines of command and authority of the hospital's general organization will be maintained. The plan will initially be put into effect for a period of 24 hours. If the emergency continues it should remain in effect for a longer period. This being the case, the head of the administrative unit should develop plans for maintaining a 72-hour supply of drugs, surgical material, food, and other items currently used in nursing.

The staff will be advised that the plan is in effect by means of an announcement transmitted through the public address system or other available means.

The telephone switchboard will have an updated list of all hospital personnel, with addresses and telephones.

Valuables and other personal effects should be placed in stamped and sealed envelopes and forwarded to the main cashier in the financial section. The nurse assigned to "emergency unit valuables" will be in charge of collecting such objects.