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December 7, 2015
ER and Critical Care Staff Have Concerns About Staffing, Blood Supply, Available Beds, Patient Anxiety and Mental Health
BOSTON, MA – Two thirds of ER and critical care staff in the United States don’t feel their hospitals are prepared to handle the victims of the next terrorist attack or other mass casualty event, according to new data compiled by InCrowd, a provider of real-time market intelligence to life sciences and healthcare firms. The 5-minute mobile microsurvey taken in the wake of recent terrorist attacks suggests that teams worry about key elements of operational readiness, despite mandated practice and extensive training for mass casualty events.
InCrowd asked US ER and critical care physicians and ER and critical care nurses from its Crowd of 1.8 million global clinicians about the operational readiness of their respective hospitals, rating them on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 and 2 being “strongly agree” and “agree” respectively. The microsurvey took less than 5 minutes to complete and also rated and ranked other key aspects of disaster response.
“We are unfortunately gaining more experience with preparedness, or lack thereof, given the recent mass casualties in the US and abroad. While preparation is of utmost importance, it is clearly hard to prepare for horrific events like those of recent days,” said Diane Hayes, PhD, president and co-founder of InCrowd. “Learning about perceived weaknesses from our ER and critical care clinicians will hopefully help us improve our infrastructure for quick and efficient care in times of crisis.”
The microsurvey included 102 respondents — 52 ER physicians and 50 ER nurses — fielded on November 24, 2015 in under 2 hours using InCrowd’s real-time platform.
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