Today we're taking a look at a new CDC report analyzing hospital preparedness for natural disasters, which found that hospitals have dramatically improved their preparedness efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
The report, which assessed preparedness in 2008, found that nearly all hospitals had detailed response plans for chemical releases, natural disasters, epidemics and biological incidents. Half of hospitals staged epidemic drills, and half planned had plans for alternate care areas with beds, staffing and equipment. In addition, half of hospitals had plans for advance registration of incoming health care professionals.
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