|Title||Deployable, portable, and temporary hospitals; one state's experiences through the years.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Kearns RD, Skarote MBeth, Peterson J, Stringer L, Alson RL, Cairns BA, Hubble MW, Rich PB, Cairns CB, Holmes JH, Runge J, Siler SM, Winslow J|
|Journal||Am J Disaster Med|
|Date Published||2014 Summer|
|Keywords||Civil Defense, Emergency Medical Services, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Hospitals, Military, Humans, Mass Casualty Incidents, Mobile Health Units, North Carolina|
This article will review the use of temporary hospitals to augment the healthcare system as one solution for dealing with a surge of patients related to war, pandemic disease outbreaks, or natural disaster. The experiences highlighted in this article are those of North Carolina (NC) over the past 150 years, with a special focus on the need following the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks. It will also discuss the development of a temporary hospital system from concept to deployment, highlight recent developments, emphasize the need to learn from past experiences, and offer potential solutions for assuring program sustainability. Historically, when a particular situation called for a temporary hospital, one was created, but it was usually specific for the event and then dismantled. As with the case with many historical events, the details of the 9/11 attacks will fade into memory, and there is a concern that the impetus which created the current temporary hospital program may fade, as well. By developing a broader and more comprehensive approach to disaster responses through all-hazards preparedness, it is reasonable to learn from these past experiences, improve the understanding of current threats, and develop a long-term strategy to sustain these resources for future disaster medical needs.
|Alternate Journal||Am J Disaster Med|
Deployable, portable, and temporary hospitals; one state's experiences through the years.
Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA