- Identify your risks and establish a recovery location for back-up systems, records, and supplies.
- Know the contact information for your patients’ families, vendors, etc.
- Have access to multiple and reliable methods of communicating with your staff and patients.
- Enlist the help of backup power generators!
Hospitals and medical centers are the life support system in times of both crisis and general healthcare. Over the past few years, a large part of the country has experienced severe weather-related disasters, including damage from hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If a power outage occurs, monitors, oxygen pumps, and other valuable equipment can stop working and threaten the lives and well-being of patients. Power outages cannot be predicted and can sometimes last as long as two weeks; but with some planning, your medical center can be prepared when a disaster strikes. Most power outages seem to occur during the spring and summer months, and with us approaching this time again, we are here to let you know there are a number of steps you can take to minimize the effects of an outage to your medical center. We’ve developed a list that will help you create an efficient disaster recovery plan and drastically reduce the negative effects to your company: