Safe Hospitals in Emergencies and Disasters

Structural, Non-structural and Functional Indicators

November 2011
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    1st November 2011
  • ISBN 9789290614784
  • Language English
  • Pages 44 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 10.75"

Hospitals are one of the essential institutions that must continue to function when an emergency event occurs. In spite of its importance, health facilities are themselves vulnerable to disasters and can get damaged, risking the lives of patients and health workers.

This book presents structural, non-structural and functional elements that must be considered in order to ensure that the health facility can withstand and remain operational in emergencies. It forms an essential reference for hospital administrators and planners including architects, engineers, safety officers, management, and emergency managers. It enumerates indicators in the form of a checklist that can be easily used in planning for construction, retrofitting, renovation, and assessment of damages.