Hospitals, Clinics Prepare to Provide Care During Storm

Aug 23, 2018

Credit Ready Marine Corps

How do sick and injured people get help during a storm? It’s a matter of life and death for some patients riding out the storm in hospitals, long-term care facilities or at home.

Maintaining the healthcare system during an emergency is the job of Chris Crabtree. He’s the Director of Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management.

It’s a statewide organization that works with every level of Hawaii’s healthcare system including hospitals, dialysis clinics, assisted living facilities, blood banks, and pharmacies. Chris spoke with The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty earlier this morning to explain how he goes about preparing medical providers to maintain the chain of care during a disaster.