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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2022, vol. 28, issue3
Subject Area: Public Health
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2022283.4575
Published online: 27 September 2022

Original article
J of IMAB. 2022 Jul-Sep;28(3):4575-4577
Mariya Georgieva1ORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Rostislav Kostadinov1ORCID logo, Mariya Semerdjieva2ORCID logo,
1) Department of Epidemiology and Disaster Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
2) Department of Health Care Management, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Introduction: During a disaster, an increase in the number of casualties requiring hospital admission is recorded. This challenge the hospitals' management - there is a need for beds, rooms, consumables, drugs, and medical teams to support the increased number of patients arriving.
Purpose: This study aims to analyze the awareness of hospital medical professionals about the required procedures described in the hospital contingency plan for increased bed availability in case of disaster.
Materials and methods: 295 hospital medical professionals in the Plovdiv region, Bulgaria, participated in an anonymous survey that contained 55 questions.
Results: Most of the respondents are not familiar with the approved procedures to optimize the availability of emergency beds after the disaster that impacts the hospital disaster resilience. Conclusions: Optimization of activities related to operational hospital disaster resilience must include training of medical specialists in immediate bed availability procedures.

Keywords: hospital disaster resilience, medical personnel, immediate bed availability,

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Please cite this article as: Georgieva M, Kostadinov R, Semerdjieva M. Immediate bed availability in case of a disaster. J of IMAB. 2022 Jul-Sep;28(3):4575-4577. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2022283.4575

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Mariya Georgieva, Department of Epidemiology and Disaster Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Plovdiv; 15A, Vasil Aprilov Blvd., Plovdiv 4002, Bulgaria; E-mail: mari.georgieva@mu-plovdiv.bg

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Received: 09 February 2022
Published online: 27 September 2022

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