Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The Healthcare Coalition may coordinate with other Coalitions (other Tier 2s) that are established in the region.
Response strategies for the Healthcare Coalition with regard to other Healthcare Coalitions include the following:
Each of these response strategies, and the major actions required to accomplish them, are described below.
A common operating picture of the regional response to a healthcare emergency may be achieved by exchanging incident related information between Healthcare Coalitions. This may include aggregate data that has been collected by the HCRT from its member organizations, as well as information provided by the Jurisdictional Agency(s). Protocols for how this information will be shared between Healthcare Coalitions should be established during preparedness.
The resource pool available for meeting requests for assistance may be expanded if there is good coordination between regional Coalitions. This ideally should be established through preparedness initiatives and addressed using instruments and processes described in Chapter 6.
Mutual aid and cooperative assistance between Healthcare Coalitions may include more than just physical resources. For example, experienced HCRT personnel from one Coalition may assist with the emergency response of another Coalition. This type of assistance may help beyond the actual incident by promoting future relationships and advancing preparedness initiatives. In addition, newer Coalitions may benefit greatly from sharing tools and SOPs from a well-established Coalition.
Regional coordination of healthcare response objectives, strategy, and major tactics can promote consistency in the healthcare response across the region and enhance public cooperation. This may occur by sharing action plans between Tier 2 Coalitions or exchanging other pertinent information, such as patient evaluation and treatment protocols. These actions can help promote and maintain consistency even as incident information and follow-on directives evolve.
The interface between regional Healthcare Coalitions may occur via the liaison function in each HCRT. Qualified individuals from participating healthcare organizations may be assigned to HCRT liaison positions specifically for this purpose. The liaison could work from his/her respective Coalition or home organization, but reports back on all relevant issues, such as requests for assistance. This assures that the coordination is formally “managed” by each Coalition’s HCRT. The appropriate Jurisdictional Agency in each affected region must be kept closely informed of the coordination activities between the Healthcare Coalitions.
This is similar to the Emergency Management Mutual Aid (EMMA) concept, in which Emergency Management professionals are shared between jurisdictions through mutual aid mechanisms. A common form for this may be found at: http://www.scemd.org/Library/mutual_aid/EM_Mutual_Aid_Assistance_request_Form.doc.
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