A medical emergency can happen in an instant. Whether it is a car accident or food allergy, the risk posed is immediate to your life or long-term health. Do you or your loved ones have a plan in place on how to react during the golden hour of a medical emergency?
Health is a delicate possession worth protecting at all costs. Yet when it comes to an emergency situation, the standard plan is to dial 911, perform basic first aid and pray for the best. A true plan of action includes determining the caliber of the nearest hospital and how to best access emergency care. This should not be done in the heat of the moment. Even after the initial management of an event, once a person is stabilized, strategies must be addressed for necessary further care, whether that entails a conversation with a primary provider, specialist or possible air ambulance transport to a center of excellence or home. These critical decisions are more effectively managed when considered in advance.
How can an emergency readiness plan be executed? One can prepare for the “what-ifs” of health care, but even the healthiest individual can still fall ill. After all, you cannot predict the precise day and time a tragedy will strike. Individuals and organizations must integrate health contingency planning into their routine security preparedness analyses. A contingency plan is a blueprint for how to deal with unusual events.
When it comes to securing your health, the requirement of preparedness becomes evident. Although a thorough contingency plan is the best solution, the skill sets required for planning, preparedness, and response are not commonly instilled in a non-medical person. This is where the practice of health security can help fill in the gaps.
In other security fields, such concerns have led to the development of a new industry of firms, as well as many other “niches” addressing one or more of the traditional security and preparedness disciplines. This has not happened to any great extent in health services. It is high time that health services become part of the full paradigm of security and preparedness.
Health security gives individuals and companies access to premium health services whenever an emergency may strike. With a personalized, extensive cost-risk-impact analysis built for each patient, health security planning and protection receives as much attention as any other form of security protection.
This does not mean that every health security modality must be fully developed for every situation, no more than comprehensive physical security measures are required in every environment. It is critical, however, that medical preparedness has at least as great an importance as traditional security preparedness, and a basic “all-hazards” security survey, including medical issues, is applied to all situations.
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