Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Patient evaluation and care in emergencies or disasters is provided primarily at community-based hospitals, integrated healthcare systems, clinics, community health centers, private physician offices, and other point-of-service medical facilities. These assets, therefore, must be centrally involved in the development of MSCC strategies. To maximize overall MSCC, efforts must extend beyond optimizing internal HCO operations and focus on integrating individual HCOs with each other and with non-medical organizations. Such integration ensures that decisions affecting all aspects of the community response are made with direct input from medical practitioners, thus establishing medical care, along its continuum, as an essential component of incident management. This chapter examines management processes that effectively integrate HCOs into the larger response community. It is not intended to describe a comprehensive internal management system for individual HCOs.
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