RTC and COVID-19: Disaster Medicine

RTC and COVID-19: Disaster Medicine

Disaster Medicine is the collaborative application of various health disciplines to the prevention, preparedness, response to and recovery from health problems arising from a disaster, such as COVID-19. This is achieved in cooperation with all agencies and other disciplines.

Managing a pandemic within a declared State of Disaster requires the application of all principles and concepts of disaster medicine. This is a specialist discipline building on knowledge, experience and international lessons learned of medical experiences in events that requires extra ordinary resources. It must however not be confused with the much broader Disaster Management.

The Disaster Medicine specialist is, in the same way as the Infectious Disease specialist, the key advisor to the Commander, commanding the outbreak.

C – Command

Establish effective medical command and control structure, within the Incident Command System.

S – Safety

Continuously ensure guidance for safety and protection of all role-players.

C – Communication

Guide communicating within and between the medical command structures and other structures.

A – Assessment

Provide continuous comprehensive assessment of the situation.

T – Triage

Guide coordinated patient flow to optimise utilisation of facilities within the outbreak.

T – Treatment

Analyse capabilities, calculate surge capacity, coordinate structured decanting of facilities and establish additional facilities into a coordinated response, including guiding the planning of temporary facilities.

T – Transport

Synchronising the triage (screening and testing) process with the treatment capabilities, surge capacity and synchronised decanting.

Right to Care is providing Disaster Medicine expertise at this time, by providing advisors at strategic and operational levels, giving technical advice through guiding documents and providing action plans on how to prepare health care facilities for the pandemic.

COVID-19 Disaster Medicine Guidelines

Technical advice

For bed occupancy monitoring information, click here

For temporary screening information, click here

For hospital surge capacity guidelines, click here

For technical advice on additional hospital facilities, click here

For the Emergency Intensive Care Units Plan, click here

For the COVID-19 Emergency Hospital Facilities, click here

For quarantine measures, click here

For the quarantine facility flow-chart, click here

Action plans

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan 1, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan 2, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan 3, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan – Bed Statistics 4, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan – Safety 5, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan Plan 6, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan Plan 7, click here

For the Disaster Medicine: Hospital Preparation Action Plan Plan 8, click here