The School of Business Management of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS),Vile Parle,has designed a specialised course to prepare hospitals for emergenices during disasters like 26/11 attacks.
The course has been formulated in collaboration with the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia,Cornell University and Lifesupporters Institute of Health Sciences.
The six-day course will be open to all administrators handling disaster management,hospital administrators,health care facility managers,emergency department physicians and nurses,public health officials,who are responsible for hospital emergency planning or any emergencies. This includes mass casualties that require the major resources of a hospital and will be conducted at the Lifesupporters Institute of Health Sciences,Bandra from March 16 to 21.
The course will deal with topics like disaster plans,drills,inter-agency collaborations during emergencies (hospital,pre-hospital,fire,police,government,military,NGOs),lessons learnt from disasters worldwide,including Mumbai attacks,disaster plans of Mumbai,Maharashtra,and India (the BMC disaster management plan etc.),Exercise: hazard vulnerability analysis of Mumbai,search and rescue,securing the scene and decontamination,pre-hospital care systems,patient assessment and triage,crisis communications,financial implication of a disaster,hospital evacuation,long-term consequences of disasters,return to normal operations,and a final written evaluation exercise among other topics.
Dr Robert Bristow of the Emergency Management Committee at New York Presbyterian Hospital,the largest hospital group in New York City and Dr Kiran Pandit,who has served as faculty at city-wide emergency preparedness drills in Galle,Colombo,Ahmedabad,and Mumbai,are the resource persons for the course.
Dr Paresh Navalkar of the Lifesupporters Institute of Health Sciences explained,This is the first time that such a course is being conducted in the country. Among other topics,the course will invlove studying the hazardous locations in Mumbai. Also,the disaster management plans of the BMC and the government will be explained to the staff so that the plans dont just remain on paper.
Dr Meena Galliara of the social enterprise cell of NMIMS said,The course will help delegates think logically through mitigations,preparedness,response,and analysis of disaster management. With hospitals themselves becoming a target of terrorism,such preparedness becomes even more vital.