Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Strategies for Maintaining Power in Health Care Facilities: A New Monograph Details the Causes of Emergency Power Failures from Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Matthew and Lists Helpful After-Action Reports

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Strategies for Maintaining Power in Health Care Facilities: A New Monograph Details the Causes of Emergency Power Failures from Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Matthew and Lists Helpful After-Action Reports

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In recent decades, several powerful storms have knocked out power to health care facilities. Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Matthew all caused numerous hospitals to pre-emptively evacuate or close due to lack of power. Each disaster also has provided emergency officials and health care organizations with valuable lessons to improve future resiliency efforts. A new monograph outlines lessons learned, steps hospitals should consider to assess emergency power system vulnerabilities and provides best practices for minimizing risk.

The monograph, "Roadmap to Resiliency," is an outcome of the Healthcare Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power. The initiative is a joint project between ASHE and Powered for Patients, and is sponsored by Eaton Corp. and Blue Pillar Inc. The free monograph PDF can be downloaded at www.ashe.org/power, and print copies also are available.

The monograph details the causes of emergency power failures from Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Matthew and lists helpful after-action reports that can provide more information.

Health care facility professionals can use the monograph to contribute to emergency preparedness efforts. For example, the guide states that hospitals should consider conducting an analysis of emergency power supply systems and gives guiding questions that can help. …

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