The June 12 nightclub shooting in Orlando raises many disaster preparedness issues for medical centers. How do hospitals prepare for the unexpected? Do all team members understand ahead of time their respective roles and responsibilities during a crisis? Do organizational administrators have proper communication channels in place with first responders to ensure that timely, accurate information is delivered from the outset of a large-scale emergency?
U-M Professor of Surgery Kevin C. Chung, M.D., just this month published an article that delves into disaster preparedness and these very issues. His paper, in the June issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, follows an incident in Taiwan that made international headlines last year — a concert-event fire that injured nearly 500, many severely. While the nature of the crisis is different, the broader themes apply: advance planning, coupled with practice, saves lives. Chung’s insights have crisis-management implications for hospitals everywhere.
Chung is the Charles B. G. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery in the Medical School and chief of hand surgery for the U-M Health System.
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