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Resource allocation: an approach for enhancing hospital resiliency.
J Bus Contin Emer Plan. 2011 Jun; 5(2):140-9.JB

Abstract

The objective of the work described in this paper was to develop the Hospital Emergency Support Function (HESF) model, which could be used by hospitals to augment medical surge capacity based on the reallocation of internal hospital personnel, in the wake of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster. A group of subject matter experts, including clinicians with disaster response experience, hospital emergency coordinators and business continuity planners, was assembled to conceptualise the basic framework of the HESF model. The model was validated via feedback from a panel of decision makers at Yale-New Haven Hospital and development of a consensus among the panel, using a modified Delphi method. Hospital personnel and departments were reviewed, evaluated and stratified according to their latent contributions to medical surge capacity. Those pivotal to medical surge capacity were deemed HESFs, whereas those ancillary to medical surge capacity were considered non-critical or ancillary functions. Based on this classification, personnel assigned to non-critical hospital departments were identified as potentially divertible to HESFs, ie available to enhance medical surge capacity during a catastrophic emergency. The activation of the HESF model provides an alternative to utilising external resources for enhancing staffing during a medical surge event. The HESF model is based on the National Response Framework Emergency Support Functions and relies solely on internal hospital personnel to augment medical surge capacity in the event of a medical and public health crisis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Yale-New Haven Health System Center for Healthcare Solutions, New Haven, CT, USA. deborah.smith@ynhh.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21835752

Citation

Smith, Deborah, et al. "Resource Allocation: an Approach for Enhancing Hospital Resiliency." Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, vol. 5, no. 2, 2011, pp. 140-9.
Smith D, Paturas JL, Tomassoni A, et al. Resource allocation: an approach for enhancing hospital resiliency. J Bus Contin Emer Plan. 2011;5(2):140-9.
Smith, D., Paturas, J. L., Tomassoni, A., & Albanese, J. (2011). Resource allocation: an approach for enhancing hospital resiliency. Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 5(2), 140-9.
Smith D, et al. Resource Allocation: an Approach for Enhancing Hospital Resiliency. J Bus Contin Emer Plan. 2011;5(2):140-9. PubMed PMID: 21835752.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Resource allocation: an approach for enhancing hospital resiliency. AU - Smith,Deborah, AU - Paturas,James L, AU - Tomassoni,Anthony, AU - Albanese,Joseph, PY - 2011/8/13/entrez PY - 2011/8/13/pubmed PY - 2011/11/4/medline SP - 140 EP - 9 JF - Journal of business continuity & emergency planning JO - J Bus Contin Emer Plan VL - 5 IS - 2 N2 - The objective of the work described in this paper was to develop the Hospital Emergency Support Function (HESF) model, which could be used by hospitals to augment medical surge capacity based on the reallocation of internal hospital personnel, in the wake of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster. A group of subject matter experts, including clinicians with disaster response experience, hospital emergency coordinators and business continuity planners, was assembled to conceptualise the basic framework of the HESF model. The model was validated via feedback from a panel of decision makers at Yale-New Haven Hospital and development of a consensus among the panel, using a modified Delphi method. Hospital personnel and departments were reviewed, evaluated and stratified according to their latent contributions to medical surge capacity. Those pivotal to medical surge capacity were deemed HESFs, whereas those ancillary to medical surge capacity were considered non-critical or ancillary functions. Based on this classification, personnel assigned to non-critical hospital departments were identified as potentially divertible to HESFs, ie available to enhance medical surge capacity during a catastrophic emergency. The activation of the HESF model provides an alternative to utilising external resources for enhancing staffing during a medical surge event. The HESF model is based on the National Response Framework Emergency Support Functions and relies solely on internal hospital personnel to augment medical surge capacity in the event of a medical and public health crisis. SN - 1749-9216 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21835752/abstract/Resource_allocation:_an_approach_for_enhancing_hospital_resiliency_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -