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Botsford Hospital Disaster Preparedness Improves

Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 27, 2009)---Botsford Hospital officials agree with a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that “U.S. hospitals are significantly better prepared for disasters and public health emergencies now than they were in 2001, but much work remains to be done.” 
 
The Hospital Preparedness report, which is summarized at www.hhs.gov/aspr/opeo/hpp/index.html, represents a five year study from 2002 to 2007 of indicators for measuring hospitals’ ability to surge to accommodate additional patients during disasters. 
 
Sanford Vieder, D.O., Botsford Hospital Director of Emergency Medicine and chair of the hospital’s Disaster Planning Committee, said “We’ve made progress in four key areas: communications, coordination among agencies in the community, training and our ability to treat patients who have been exposed to an incident involving toxic chemicals.” 
 
Dr. Vieder noted that funds directed to Botsford through Region 2 North of the Michigan’s Regional BioDefense Network were used in part to provide a decontamination system for patients arriving at the hospital following exposure to toxic chemical or biological agents. “This provides the most effective way to quickly decontaminate patients to allow treatment for other medical conditions as well as decontaminating first responders and hospital staff who have put themselves at risk for the sake of their patients,” he said. 
 
“We have long-term, collaborative relationships with police and fire departments in the communities we serve. A significant improvement has come with the across-the-board use of an incident management system as the basis for disaster plans in all the agencies that would work together in the event of a disaster,” Dr. Vieder said. “A sustained effort is needed along with adequate funding from state and federal governments.” 

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