PREPAREDNESS OF MILITARY HOSPITALS FOR OUTBREAK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES DURING DISASTER RESPONSE.
Byline: Muhammad Ejaz
Objective: To assess the existing preparedness level of a tertiary care hospital with reference to international protocol for outbreak of infectious diseases during disaster.
Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted at Military Hospital Rawalpindi from October 2014 to July 2015.
Material and Methods: Mixed method approach was used to collect data i.e. by checklist, situation analysis approach, interviews of key informants and self designed survey questionnaire. A sample size of thirty doctors, thirty AFNS officers and sixty paramedics.
Convenient sampling technique. Descriptive statistics employed via Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22.
Results: Hospital management was sensitized, most of the quality standards were being initiated and structures for infection control and prevention improved. There was need for better coordination between and within departments and service providers to make system harmonized and synergistic for all efforts to ensure control and prevent infectious diseases in the hospital for enhancing preparedness of MH for management of Infectious disease outbreak in any disaster.
Conclusion: Specific plans should be prepared and updated for effective response against outbreak of infectious diseases in emergency.
Keywords: Infectious Diseases, Hospital preparedness, International Protocol.
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|Publication:||Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal|
|Date:||Apr 30, 2016|
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