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Contingency plans help manage the aftermath of disasters that impact facility operations

Hospital Safety Insider, December 15, 2016

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 Contingency plans help manage the aftermath of disasters that impact facility operations


Even a short interruption in electrical power or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) can put patients at risk, disrupt normal routines, and cause extensive physical damage. That’s why it’s important to have integrated hospital contingency plans specifically addressing power and HVAC interruptions.

Losing power or HVAC can have an immediate impact on hospital operations, the physical environment of care, and the hospital’s ability to meet community needs. The effects are even more severe if the outage lasts days or longer, eroding stakeholder confidence and impacting hospital finances by reducing revenue, distracting caregivers from their primary duties, and limiting use of expensive equipment.

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