Hospitals play an essential role in planning for and responding to the needs of New Yorkers during a citywide public health emergency. Hospital administrators can find information, tools and resources to improve hospital mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery during emergencies.
The ability of a hospital to take in more patients during a public health emergency is critical. This set of tools provides step-by-step instructions for assessing and documenting surge staffing, facility and supply needs. The toolkit also includes implementation strategies, timelines and forms that can be adapted to the size and services of any hospital.
To get modifiable tools and templates, email email@example.com.
The following resources can help hospitals be prepared to meet the needs of children during a disaster.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers information on a variety of topics to help hospitals improve their pediatric preparedness.
Nursing Staff Training
Health Department research demonstrated a need for baseline training on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents among hospital nursing staff. We partnered with Columbia University to develop an awareness-level orientation/training approach comprising six curriculum modules, including five based on CBRNE events. This approach includes a 30-minute, self-paced online refresher training to support the initial train-the-training sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about this orientation/training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burn, Trauma and Mass Casualty Events
The Integrated Explosive Event and Mass Casualty Event Response Plan Template (PDF) provides a framework for a hospital disaster response system that improves coordination and integration of the ED, ICU, Radiology, and Trauma Surgery when presented with an influx of patients. It coordinates the ICS response and outlines the critical actions each unit should undertake.
The following documents provide recommendations and protocols to help hospitals prepare for chemical emergencies. They should be considered for discussion and development purposes only.
You can get tools and guidance documents designed to help health care systems prepare to safely and successfully identify, isolate, assess, transport and treat patients who have a suspected or confirmed special pathogen.
In the below video, watch how the Health Department and its partners hold drills to practice their response for the worst scenarios.