Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 4 - 2020
Criteria for Disaster Preparedness Assessed by Hospital Management in Lebanese Hospitals
Micheline Sarkis Dagher1* and Anders Rüter2
1International Committee of the Red Cross, European Master in Disaster Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon
2Sophiahemmet University and Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Science and Education and Department of Emergency Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden
*Corresponding Author: Micheline Sarkis Dagher, International Committee of the Red Cross, European Master in Disaster Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon.
Received: December 08, 2019; Published: March 30, 2020


The aim was to define if a consensus could be reached on the criteria for a hospital disaster plan based on the WHO model mainly. The Delphi technique in two rounds was used to consult the hospital manager’s opinion by using statements that correspond to the criteria’s to be present in the plan.

Out of the 41 hospitals chosen, 14 hospitals participated in the 2 rounds. Full consensus was reached and the aim was achieved.

The consensus statements were regrouped in four categories.

77% of the statements were positive statements; no negative statements were noted. No differences were noted in term of profile of hospitals and participants.

The variance of positive consensus, especially for the strongly agree level was analysed by dividing statements to two groups.

The statements higher than 70% were related to the organization, food, internal communication, logistic system, restructuring units, management of dead bodies, human resources, documentation and evacuation.

The statements lower than 70% were related to the need to review and exercise the plan, communication tools, logistics, staff and health security, funds, public information, activation and reporting system and the transfer between hospitals.

The result can serve as a baseline for future development in disaster preparedness.

Keywords: Criteria; Statements; Strongly Agree; Consensus


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Citation: Micheline Sarkis Dagher and Anders Rüter. “Criteria for Disaster Preparedness Assessed by Hospital Management in Lebanese Hospitals”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 4.4 (2020): 61-69.

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