Emergency preparedness for the home healthcare nurse

Home Healthc Nurse. 2006 Jan;24(1):20-7. doi: 10.1097/00004045-200601000-00006.

Abstract

Recent events are quickly becoming the hard teacher: giving tests of preparedness first, then allowing for lessons afterward. However, each emergency teaches valuable lessons about assessment and preparation, and each lesson learned can be integrated into assessment of and preparation for the next event. This article outlines key steps that home care nurses can take to ensure patient safety during emergencies or disasters.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Community Networks
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Disasters
  • Emergencies / nursing*
  • Emergency Medical Service Communication Systems / organization & administration
  • First Aid
  • Food Supply
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety Management / organization & administration
  • Terrorism / prevention & control
  • Water Supply