|Title:||Disaster Response Kit|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0483/14|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 8 January 2014|
|File number(s):||04 04631|
|Description:||Details the components and responsibilities of the Disaster Response Kits used by Hospital Response Teams in WA|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 9 January 2014|
|Authorised by:||Prof Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 15-Dec-2013|
|Print version:||View print version|
Disaster Response Kit
The Department of Health has an obligation under the Emergency Management Act 2005 and WESTPLAN Health to ensure an efficient health response can be activated to meet health requirements in a mass casualty incident. Designated health care facilities are required to provide Hospital Response Teams (HRT) if requested to treat mass casualties at an incident site. A Disaster Response Kit (DRK) provides a HRT with the ability to safely treat those casualties.
The aim of this directive is to provide direction on the distribution and maintenance of the DRK.
The contents of the DRK cannot be altered without approval from Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU).
A single DRK is designed to support a HRT of up to six people. The number of people that can be treated by a single kit is dependent on the injury types and severity.
It is the health care facilities responsibility to ensure the bags are maintained in a state of readiness at all times.
The contents of the bags should be checked at least on a monthly basis by the staff of the health facility.
Replacement of the contents of the bags, following mission or expiry of stock, is a health facility responsibility.
DPMU will replace:
Monitoring and review
The Senior Policy Officer - Operations, DPMU, is responsible for the monitoring and review of this document on an annual basis.
Prof Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 16 January 2014 at 2:08pm