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Title: Hospital Safety and Disaster Management: A study of preparedness of hospitals in Mumbai
Authors: Jadhao, Yogesh
Keywords: School of Habitat Studies
Mariappan, M.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: This study is more specific towards the hospital preparedness for patient safety in human made disasters in hospitals. Fire is nothing but human error turned hazard turned disaster. Hospital evacuation which should be quarterly exercise which is necessary for patient safety in emergency situation sometimes turns into disaster and became cause of more deaths in disaster situations. Infant child abduction, hostage/barricade, bomb threat and terrorist attack are the new forms of hazards which are necessarily needs to be considered for hospitals in crowded and important cities like Mumbai. It is to be noted that the use of chemical in hospital particularly in laboratory services don’t have long history as the old pharmacy phenomenon and this was removed from hospitals four five decades ago. Hospital Incident Command System HICS was evolved in US and it took it’s time to reach India but only for emergency response, Indian hospitals didn’t understand the preparatory norms of these HICS guidelines or were not interested to follow or implement it. In US, Europe and Latin American countries stringent laws were made to protect hospital facilities from disasters, but in India the initiative were not taken by the supreme authority NDMA. Considering the current approach and practice of hospitals in India gives very strong feeling that the hospitals are not taken disaster properness is one of important aspects of their routine thing. Hence this study will be very useful for the hospitals for their internal safety preparedness, patient safety preparedness and it will enhance the external safety preparedness and response as well. This study is conducted exclusively in two major hospitals of Mumbai.
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