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  • 11 years ago
Evacuating Patients Under Duress

Evacuating Patients Under Duress

Host: Bruce Bloom, DDS, JD

Guest: John Simkovich, DDS, MHA

Beyond the injuries and other health concerns that arise during and after a disaster, we must also account for the medical needs of patients who are already hospitalized. If the situation requires evacuations of seriously ill patients, how can this be done both safely and effectively? Dr. John Simkovich, director of public health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Public Health Region 7, and a member of the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness, discusses the process of evacuating patients in a disaster from hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities. Dr. Bruce Bloom hosts.