Disaster Management Plan On a Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit

Disaster Management Case Study Hurricane Victoria made landfall as a powerful Category 3 storm at 6:10 am Eastern Standard Time on January 10, 2016 in New York City. The massive storm continued to move upstate, the outer boroughs, and Long Island sustaining winds over 115 mph and reported gusts as high as 130 mph. The storm eventually lost strength and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Governor Cuomo and local officials order the evacuation of people living in certain designated low-lying areas along the coast affecting homeless shelters and health care facilities. In additional, Governor Cuomo ordered the roads closed indefinitely with the exception of ambulances.Many hospitals sustained severe damage and those that are open became overcrowded with special-needs patients and family members. Backup generators are running out of fuel and hospital officials are searching for alternative locations for patients in need of care. There is a need to transport special need populations from incapacitated hospitals to other healthcare facilities. Unfortunately, most hospitals in New York State were not prepared to manage this type of disaster. Subsequent to the disaster, many administrators had to resign from their position.Exercise:You are a newly hired administrator of a 12 bed Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit with a total of 20 nurses with 6 nurses staffed each shift in a 1000 bed hospital. One of your highest priorities is to create an EMERGENCY NEEDS ASSESSMENT for the disaster management plan for the Board of Trustees for the Neurosurgery Intensive Care unit. Create a 3-4 page EMERGENCY NEEDS ASSESSMENT for the disaster management plan for your unit within the facility. American Nurses Association Statement (2015) \”it is every nurse’s responsibility to maintain a state of professional readiness for emergencies.\”

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