An all-hazards approach for quantifying loss of function for critical healthcare infrastructure

C. Jacques, J. Mitrani-Reiser, T. D. Kirsch

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Abstract

This paper presents a standardized methodology to analyze the impact of disasters on the functionality of healthcare systems post-disaster. The methodology to collect loss-of-function data was developed in 2010 and tested after the Bío-Bío, Baja California, and Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The survey tool collects field data on the performance of critical building systems and infrastructure, assesses the impact of system and infrastructure failure on the ability of hospitals to keep functioning, and provides data that can enhance existing and future tools to assess the performance of healthcare facilities. These survey tools can be used by other reconnaissance teams to collect data from both the healthcare and engineering perspectives, as well as an event tree which links the two perspectives together. This multi-disciplinary approach, involving engineers, epidemiologists, and health and emergency managers, is necessary to properly analyze how structural and non-structural damage disrupts essential services provided by hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2013
Subtitle of host publicationBridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Proceedings of the 2013 Structures Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2032-2043
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780784412848
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventStructures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: May 2 2013May 4 2013

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Proceedings of the 2013 Structures Congress

Other

OtherStructures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period5/2/135/4/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Jacques, C., Mitrani-Reiser, J., & Kirsch, T. D. (2013). An all-hazards approach for quantifying loss of function for critical healthcare infrastructure. In Structures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Proceedings of the 2013 Structures Congress (pp. 2032-2043). (Structures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Proceedings of the 2013 Structures Congress). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784412848.178