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    Hospital Evacuation Plan
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    Hospital Evacuation Plan

    Evacuation is the process of moving patients from an at-risk location to a safer holding area or alternate location within the hospital or skilled nursing facility, another medical building, or a non-medical facility converted for patient care.

    The Hospital Evacuation Plan is a planning document that augments the hospital’s existing Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and incorporates the fundamental principles of all-hazards emergency management. This comprehensive plan provides a concept of operations for evacuation functions and incident management, staff roles and responsibilities, and provides overall guidance to enable evacuation regardless of the hazard or incident type.


    The hospital forms a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary planning team that can be actively engaged with the DQE Project Manager for the duration of the project. The annex development process leverages a self-directed, proprietary planning template that is supported by DQE through remote and/or on-site consultation and utilizes a proprietary planning tool that helps create an efficient process that focuses on:

    • Preventing or minimizing the loss of life and injuries
    • Ensuring patient, visitor and personnel safety
    • Maintaining optimal patient care and life support functions during the evacuation process
    • Integrating the hospital’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts with those of its community and supporting entitie


    The Hospital Evacuation Plan addresses:

    • Mitigation measures, preparedness activities, response actions, and recovery strategies
    • Hospital capabilities to establish response efforts when the environment can no longer support patient care, treatment, and services
    • Strategies for managing the following during a hospital evacuation: communication, resources and assets, safety and security, staff responsibilities, utility management, and patient clinical and support activities
    • Patient movement requirements and strategies to include transportation planning, inter-agency coordination, and patient tracking
    • HICS adaptation to support hospital evacuation processes
    • Procedures for:
      • Plan activation and incident management
      • Patient movement and coordination of flow
      • Patient tracking and accountability
      • Evacuation logistics
      • Pharmaceutical management
      • Discharge planning and receiving facility guidelines
      • Communications
      • Safety considerations and personal protective equipment
      • Facility shutdown, recovery, resumption of clinical operations, and repatriation considerations
    • Support including Job Action Sheets, documentation forms, and reporting documents