Emergency Operations Plan

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Emergency Operations Plan
Know how to respond and prepare for Disasters

In the event of a disaster, Sutter East Bay Hospitals will utilize Emergency Operation Plans.  An announcement will be made overhead calling a triage code.  Medical Staff within our facilities will be identified and asked to report to the the Labor Pool. Physicians who are out of the hospital and responding to our call for assistance should report to the same campus specific locations. Please remember to bring your identification badge.

Sutter East Bay Hospitals have implemented facility specific, comprehensive, all hazards Emergency Operations Plans in order to assure the most appropriate hospital response to the medical needs of the community in the event of an emergency/disaster situation or a mass casualty incident.  This all-hazards plan complies with elements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and incorporates the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and addresses the six critical areas mandated by Joint Commission standards.

A complete Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) is conducted annually to identify potential emergencies (natural and man-made) that could increase the need for the organization’s services, or its ability to provide those services. A multidisciplinary committee, including physicians, annually updates the HVA.

Medical staff can communicate potential emergency needs to the Emergency Preparedness Committee and/or the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

During a disaster, demand for care may exceed the ability to deliver healthcare. Disaster privileges may be granted to Volunteer Licensed Independent Practitioners after presenting documentation and completing a verification process by the Medical Staff Office.  A temporary badge will be presented and they will be paired with credentialed facility Medical Staff members.

There is a cache of emergency supplies on site.  In the event that the medical center requires additional resources, such as food, water, supplies, etc. there are Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in place to assure that the medical center receives priority in obtaining these resources.

In a healthcare surge focus may shift from patient-based care to population-based outcomes as determined by the California Department of Public Health. Appropriate standards of care may also vary based on the availability of resources, patient needs and environmental factors.  Medical Care is coordinated and guidance is provided by the Medical Staff Specialist in the Hospital Command Center and implemented by the Medical Care Branch Director (HICS identified positions).

When you hear a triage code # overhead or receive a call from the hospital letting you know that our Emergency Operations plan has been activated:

  • Go to the Medical Staff Office for Eden and Delta Providers; or the Labor Pool for Alta Bates Summit.
  • Bring your ID badge

We have an up-to-date Emergency Operations Plan in place and practice using it at least twice per year.

A committee consisting of physicians and persons from a variety of disciplines annually updates the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.

Medical Staff Office personnel verify credentials and coordinate approval of disaster privileges for volunteer licensed independent practitioners who present proper documentation.  Disaster privileges will be exercised under the supervision of the Chair of the applicable department.  The volunteer practitioners will work with credentialed Medical Staff members.

When shifting to population-based care, medical care is:

  • Coordinated by the Medical Staff Specialists in the Hospital Command Center
  • Implemented by the Medical Care Branch Director

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