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Describe ways to demonstrate the core competencies described by James et al.

Core competencies are described as the central knowledge, skills, abilities, and traits that may be applicable in public health. This would be to ensure that quality services are being provided by health workers. Emergencies keep arising from time to time in the provision of health facilities. Hence, ways to demonstrate the core competencies need to be addressed as described in the article. According to James et al. (2010), health professionals have the responsibility to protect and safeguard both the interests and security of their patients through responding well in case of disasters. In my opinion, the following ways of addressing these core competencies should be adopted.

Proper communications need to be developed and sustained. This would ensure an immediate response in the case of public health emergencies or even disasters. Although these disasters occur at no specific time, precaution measures need to be adopted to assist in mitigating the risks. Assessments of public health should be conducted with as much scrutiny as possible. Efficient decision-making process also needs to be taken into consideration. This can be done by ensuring the continuation of education programs to enable health professionals to meet and solve the challenges they face when disasters occur. Through the acquisition of proper skills, it would, therefore, enable them to conduct the decision-making process effectively and in the most efficient way. Proper safety and security measures should be greatly emphasized before handling situations when emergencies happen. I think this would be upheld if the health professionals act responsibly and through properly managed teamwork.

Describe hazard specific competencies for a hospital emergency manager.

A hospital emergency manager is critical to ensuring that disasters are well handled if they arise. From my perspective, I find it fit if the managers adopt certain specific competencies in handling the situations. The manager should set up training programs, for instance, mass casualty drills which would make the health workers to always be alert in case of disasters. Proper planning and coordination should be emphasized in managing the types of victims being brought to hospitals. This can be through identifying the victims with fewer injuries and comparing them with those ones with more, making it easier to attend to all of them. The hospital emergency manager should adopt proper communication facilities which would be upheld through directing the patients to the most appropriate facilities according to their situation hence facilitating patient clinical support.

Reference,

James, J. J., Benjamin, G. C., Burkle, F. M., Gebbie, K. M., &Kelen, G. D. (2010). Disaster medicine and public health preparedness: A discipline for all health professionals. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness, 4(2), 102-107.

Post Two:

I can describe the rise of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness as a proactive way to aspire for the health of a community. Having drawn some of its components from other fields, the DMPHP discipline needed to distinguish itself by many steps, one of which is the developing applicable core competencies. Below we will look at how health professional can apply the core competencies. As well as competencies that the emergency manager needs to tackle to minimize the risks facing his/her facility.

Describe ways to demonstrate the core competencies described by James et al.

There are many ways to demonstrate the core competencies mentioned by James et al. For instance, to show competency in preparation, we must effectively execute the planning efforts in an all-hazards context. We can do that by using the facility Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment and Continuity of Operations Plan and other sources that will be helpful in giving us the bigger picture regarding what to include in our preparatory efforts. By developing and regularly updating a well-thought communication plan we can communicate better in times of calamities, and we detect imminent threats and respond more efficiently. All health professionals need to show a sufficient amount of knowledge in the Incident Command System, it will contribute to the safety and security of the health care facility. Lastly, learning how to triage patients in times of disaster is an important criterion that needs to be thought of to be competent according to the standards of DMPHP.

Describe hazard specific competencies for a hospital emergency manager.

The proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the first defense line against any hazard. It is imperative for any emergency manager to build a safe environment against any hazards, and infectious diseases are among the most hazardous events that can happen to a health care facility. Another competency the emergency manager has to show is supervising the development and utilizing of a decontamination plan. It is another way to combat a possible threat to the hospital’s health and safety status.

Reference:
James, J. J., Benjamin, G. C., Burkle, F. M., Gebbie, K. M., &Kelen, G. D. (2010). Disaster medicine and public health preparedness: A discipline for all health professionals. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness, 4(2), 102-107.

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