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|Advanced Warning Event
||A disaster that decision teams and staff are tracking, as they consider
whether it may warrant evacuating their facility.
||Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
||Advanced Life Support (ambulance)
||Basic Life Support (ambulance)
||A hospital that has evacuated all patients and staff and is no longer
providing inpatient, outpatient, or emergency services. Inspection and relicensure
will be required prior to reopening.
||Assets, including physical systems, other support systems, and staff, that
are essential to operate a hospital and provide a standard level of care to
||Department of Defense
||Emergency Management Assistance Compact
||Moving most or all patients and staff out of a hospital and transporting
them to other facilities where medical care will be provided.
||The numercial order in which hospitalized patients are evacuated.
||The length of time to move all hospitalized patients out of a hospital and
safely transport them to receiving care sites.
||A disaster that causes enough damage to a hospital or the surrounding
community so that decision teams consider evacuating the hospital.
||Federal Emergency Management Agency
||Hospital Incident Command System
||Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems
||A disaster that has the potential to cause enough damage to a hospital or
the surrounding community that decision teams consider pre-event
||Incident Command System
||Intensive Care Unit
||National Disaster Medical System
||Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
||National Incident Management System
||National Infrastructure Protection Plan
||A disaster that occurs without any warning.
||Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
||The decision whether, faced with an impending event, to 1) preemptively
evacuate a hospital or 2) shelter-in-place.
||The decision whether or not, in the aftermath of an event, to evacuate a
||An evacuation carried out prior to an impending event, when the hospital
structure and surrounding environment are not yet significantly
compromised; a pre-event evacuation is ordered when the anticipated effects
of an impending disaster would either place patients and staff at
risk or make an evacuation extremely dangerous or impossible at a later
||An evacuation carried out after an event.
||The decision not to evacuate a threatened hospital, either prior to a
disaster or in its aftermath.