The National Disaster Medical System is not set up to help evacuate or care for residents of nursing homes during hurricanes, although it has agreements in place to help hospitals with their patients, according to a preliminary report by the Government Accountability Office. Both hospitals and nursing homes had trouble evacuating after Hurricane Katrina, but nursing home residents may have suffered particularly. "Federal officials told us that (the National Disaster Medical System) was not set up nor is it currently configured to provide assistance evacuating nursing homes," the GAO said in its report. The agency is expected to release a longer report this summer that will examine who decides to evacuate hospitals and nursing homes; which issues are considered in such decisions; and what federal support exists. Read the preliminary report.
[ via Modern Healthcare ]