Computer disaster simulation can help hospitals

Emergency Management Alert, June 9, 2009

A study by the American Medical Association's Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal suggests that computer simulation can improve U.S. hospital disaster preparations, reports Modern Healthcare.

The study included a computer simulation of the release of poisonous vapor in Manhattan's public transportation centers and concluded that implementing a disaster plan within 30 minutes, instead of two hours, would diminish mortality and waiting times, according to Modern Healthcare. The study also suggests that hospitals must use a "total healthcare facility approach" and not rely too heavily on the emergency department.

Public data also allowed authors of the study to simulate scenarios for Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

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