Hicks, J., and Click, R. (2015). A Meta-Analysis of Hospital Evacuations: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Planning. Journal of Healthcare and Risk Management. 34(3):26-36.
The authors of this study reviewed literature related to hospital evacuations over the past 30 years. The objectives of this study were: 1) to explain why hospital evacuation planning and preparation is important, and 2) to present the results of a thorough review of the literature. The authors share that the success or failure of hospital evacuations generally fall into one or more of the following eight categories: Predisaster Assessment, Logistics, Communications, Community Relationships, Manual Records and Tracking, Resource Management, Special Patient Populations, and Postevacuation Return.