4 Important Steps to Prepare for the 4th of July

Trauma Centers, hospitals, and first responders are gearing up for a busy week. With the 4th of July falling midweek, it makes it harder to predict when the increase in patients will occur. In 2016, 250 people went to the emergency room with fireworks injuries each day in the 30-day period surrounding July 4th. All but three U.S. states allow some sort of personal fireworks, which results in an average of 9,000 injuries each year. Be sure your organization can adequately treat the high number of burn victims that are likely to come through the door.
 
Here are some simple tips to help your healthcare organization continue to treat patients, even when their numbers drastically increase.
 
Build Relationships
  • What’s your regional blood supply?
  • Are there major events scheduled in your region? Where and when?
Staffing and Stuff
  • Check past years’ patterns of ED arrivals and staff accordingly. Make sure you have another crew on standby in case of a surge.
  • Stock more supplies for treating burns and lacerations.
  • Place plastic surgeons and burn specialists on call.
Pediatric Procedures & Capabilities
 
Since children under the age of 15 accounts for 32% of all fireworks injuries, paying particular attention to the pediatrics procedures will prove to be helpful. Check with your regional healthcare coalition on pediatric bed availability.
 
MCI Plans
 
The event celebrating our nation’s independence is a tempting time for those who harbor hostility towards us. Be ready to launch the facility security plan that’s required in the event of a potential terror event in your region. Along with that, be prepared to initiate and maintain Incident Command, including public information, in a joint response with local and regional authorities. Homeland Security has up-to-date information on threats.
 
Every day is a learning experience when working with healthcare and emergency preparedness. After the holiday weekend, be sure to take time to de-brief your staff and make adjustments to your plans for the next holiday weekend. Need help with your emergency plans? Email us today.
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Topics: Preparedness

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