from advance for nurses: jan 20, 2005
by vern enge
is your facility prepared to provide 72 hours of solo emergency care in the wake of a natural disaster or terrorist attack?
this is your life on a daily basis, more or less: you eat, walk the dog, bathe, dress, go to work, come home, try to accomplish a few routine household tasks, and then get a little shut-eye just in time to do it all over again the next day. it's a modus operandi you typically cycle through three times in the course of 3 days without much fanfare or excitement.
but what if disaster struck? what if you suddenly are faced with a full-fledged catastrophe that, in addition to your routine nursing workload, means you are about to be confronted with an onslaught of patients, for which your facility may be the only healthcare oasis available in your area for the next 72 hours?
also see: aftermath of disaster