Review article: Evacuating hospitals in Australia: What lessons can we learn from the world literature?
Amanda Rojek, Mark Little
EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013
The creation of hospitals safe from disaster is an area of increasing public policy. The vulnerability of hospitals to damage and destruction during an event has profound implications for the health of a community. Although hospital evacuations do occur in Australia, their prevalence is unknown and what leads to a successful evacuation is poorly understood. This article reviewed the worldwide hospital evacuation literature to determine the prevalence of hospital evacuations and common precipitants for evacuation. Factors leading to safe evacuation and areas of ongoing challenge were identified. The findings highlight the need for more structured and detailed reporting of hospital responses t..View full abstract