It frustrates me what Dr. Anna Pou had to go through with the lawsuits of the Memorial Medical Center incident. As Healthcare professionals, being sued for making the rightful decision for the patient and the hospital is unjust. Healthcare professionals like Dr. Pou, have taken the Hippocratic oath, and one of the promises made within that oath is “first, do no harm”. Hospital’s should not be so quick to make such an important decision of pressing charges to their faculty; more trust should be placed in them. In addition, she made it clear her intentions were just to ‘‘help’’ patients ‘‘through their pain,’’ on national television. While her actions might not be seen as the best decision, she made one and did her best to make the rightful one under such poor circumstances that were out of her control.
One way forecasters do this is use weather radars to view thunderstorms. This radar is called a Doppler radar. These radars show changes and the direction in which the thunderstorm is going. Storm spotters watch tornadoes, from the ground, as they form. They report what they see to the National Weather Service (Aboff & Sotirovski, 2012, p. 11). It also helps if someone has a NOAA Weather Radio, it will alert for people to watch for a tornado. People can access a local T.V., radio, or internet for more information. Beforehand, people can create safe rooms or wind shelters to provide an area for them and their family to go for high levels of protection. The rooms below the ground provide the most protection, but a safe room on the first-floor can provide the necessary protection. Families should practice tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do during a tornado. They should also find out the community’s warning system. A warning system can include a special sirens that the community has put together to warn everyone that the natural disaster is on its way (Ready.gov, 2012). People should also store enough food and water for at least 3 days (Wicker, 2015). Then, people should remain in their safe rooms or wind shelters until the tornado is confirmed to be over (Ready.gov, 2012). When the tornado is confirmed to be over, people should help look for
Now being a senior, I understand what a tornado is and what they do. At Smithville High School we have come close to having tornadoes and kids had been pulled out of school as their parents wanted to be with them to make sure they were safe with their family, but they have never touched or harmed anyone. They seem very scary to be apart of and I know a few of my family members have come in contact with them. Even though people know what tornadoes are, I don’t believe everyone knows how to handle them and how their safety is a huge issue as tornadoes have developed over the years. Tornadoes are dangerous creatures of the sky. They split houses and families apart. There is nothing we can do about them, but we can be ready for
Though the community only has a small effect on the overall picture, they are the most vulnerable to all disasters and threats. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the community to prepare one another and assess the potential risks and hazards within their community in addition to what steps are needed to address the issues. It is this preemptive response and planning, especially in locations with historically reoccurring hazards that reduce the disaster effects and overall cost. This community-based effort conducted by community groups has the, “potential to make a significant and long-lasting contributions to reducing local vulnerability and strengthening adaptive capacities” (Allen, 2006, p. 97). One example of a community-organized group is Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT. CERTs are composed of individuals who are trained by local response agencies to have the capabilities, resources and knowledge to be first responders in their communities (Flint & Brennan, 2006). While community groups provide the means to prepare and respond to a disaster, nongovernmental and non-profit organizations are also a vital asset to the whole
Preparation is key to the health crisis because it allows “a strong response, organized, and scientifically based” (KLTV). Action plans must meet early enough and properly in order to produce the best results. Politicians in Texas must be consistent in their actions and coordinate all available resources. It is essential to invest in public health resources in order to prepare preventive measures to minimize the impact of health crises, as they generally always the poorest suffer most. The health crisis is not something small and must be treated with the utmost care of the people of
Although storms like Hurricane Katrina occur once in every one hundred years, being prepared and storing water, food, medicines, and other supplies keep families ready for any disaster. Natural disasters can leave communities without power for days and even for weeks. Being prepared in the event of severe weather and disasters like Hurricane Katrina, can reduce fear and anxiety that accompanies disasters. A crucial element of self-sufficient living is survival. Our government does not have all the resources to be totally prepared to take care of the vast numbers of people in a disaster. Anyone facing a natural disaster, know that being prepared can be the difference between life and death when it comes to having water. Subsequently, being
The first phase is the pre-disaster phase. In this period communities plan and prepare for disastrous events. Participants include government officials, psychologists, community leaders, municipal planners and individuals who would be impacted by a disaster. Many disasters vary in the amount of warning communities receive to prepare before the disaster occurs. As an example, a hurricane usually arrives within days
The school nurse uses guidelines and protocols from the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Act of Nursing. These websites are able to give examples of situations that might appear in a school nurses job and ways to handle them in an emergent situation. In addition to the CDE, and Colorado Act of Nursing, the school nurse also has guidelines and protocols to follow in the school district. While I was at this clinical rotation, I was able to sit in a meeting with the staff about guidelines and protocols in an emergent situation, such as a tornado. The main focus for this topic, was to get the children to safety and for the nurse to be able to distinguish between the student with high medical attention, vs low medical attention. As a nurse, this is an extremely important aspect in out career field. It was interesting to see how the student nurse was able to distinguish which children need help first and which were stable enough to wait until help has arrived. Every nurse has guidelines and protocols to go by, but the most important one is to provide the best/most appropriate care to the patient at the time of
Nies, M. A., & McEwen, M. (2015). . In Community/public health nursing (6th ed.). St. Lous, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
In the United States alone, more than one million people present with symptoms of hemorrhagic shock each year. Hemorrhagic shock, more commonly referred to as hypovolemic shock due to the common occurrence of hypovolemia occurring due to hemorrhage is a very serious medical condition (Hypovolemic Shock). It is one of the most clinically common forms of shock and has been studied more frequently in the lab and in a clinical setting (Carnizaro & Shires 1963). This type of shock occurs when cardiac output is too low due to loss of blood due to traumatic injury to the skin such as an open wound or internal bleeding. Other causes can include plasma loss, vasodilation and excessive vomiting and diarrhea (Hypovolemic Shock). Some women
“They still do not know if he is truly glad God woke him when he did, for the wind had turned and that fire come back” (Ingold 150). This quote creates a fire that continues to spread without notice waiting to take someone’s life as it goes. Wildfires spread across the country burning millions of acres. Additionally, wildfires damage homes and businesses leaving behind high repair costs. An individual can have an impact on the fight against wildfires. Some ways to impact the fight is to become a firefighter or ranger. Even though wildfires in America leave detrimental effects, wildfires greatly benefit America through the creation of emergency plans, the increase in firefighters, and methods of protection and prevention.
A tornado measured EF-4 characterized as the second most-powerful type of tornado struck areas of Moore in Oklahoma where it killed 51 people, wounded more than 120 people, caused widespread fires, and reduced many homes to rubble on May 20, 2013 (Williams, 2013). This disaster required the declaration of a major disaster by the US President (Williams, 2013). If I have been selected to lead the long-term recovery process for Moore, recovery projects could be prioritized following some criteria. Restoring life continuity, lifelines, debris management, economic recovery, housing reconstruction and household recovery, and finally the environmental recovery are the criteria in order of importance that should be based the long-term recovery. Many
The National Response Framework is a guide to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. It is built on scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System to align key roles and responsibilities across the nation. The NRF describes how local, states, the federal government and private-sector and nongovernmental partners apply these principles for an effective emergency response. The NRF also describes special circumstances where the federal government plays a larger role, including incidents where federal interests are involved and catastrophic incidents where a state would require significant support. The NRF allows first responders,
Although the early nurses who responded to emergencies during historic events may have been something other than the fully educated, licensed, certified, professional nurses as we know them today, their described role is consistent with a modern understanding of nursing: attention to the injured or ill individual; assuring provision of water, food, clean dressings, and bedding; providing relief from pain; and offering a human touch that says "I care." This article reviews the beginning of emergency nursing as a specialty, and the 21st century expectations about nursing during catastrophic events. Included are brief discussions of various nursing roles related to emergency
Although there has been extensive research on psychological interventions after severe natural disaster, few of them investigated the best time of carrying out psychological interventions. Previous study may pay more attention to all victims, rather than children. Children are special, they have different psychological characteristics of adults. They are sensitive to the change of the natural environment and they are pretty vulnerable. Psychological interventions are essential to them after a severe natural