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Iran J War Public Health 2022, 14(4): 3-3 Back to browse issues page
Challenges of hospital preparedness in chemical events: A qualitative study
Fatemeh Teymouri1 , Armin Zareiyan * 2, Seyyed Amir Hossein Pishgooie3 , Hasan Bagheri4
1- Ph.D. candidate of Health in Emergencies and Disasters, Nursing Faculty, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Public Health Dept. Health in Disaster Emergencies Dept. Nursing Faculty, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , a.zareian@ajaums.ac.ir
3- PhD in Nursing, Associate Professor, Department of Critical Care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Chemical Injuries Research Center, Systems Biology and Poisonings Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background: A significant number of chemical events happen every year in Iran, which may require admission and management of victims in the hospital.The results of studies have shown that Iranian hospitals are not sufficiently prepared for these events. The purpose of this study was to explain the challenges of hospital preparedness in chemical events in Iran.
Methods: This qualitative research was conducted with the content analysis approach. Ten participants were enrolled using purposive sampling. Data collection was through in-depth and semi-structured interviews and continued until reaching data saturation. The selected interviewees consisted of physicians, nurses, members of the Hospital risk management committee and experts of the Health in Emergencies and Disasters, who had experience in responding and treating chemical casualties. All interviews were recorded, transcribed, imported into the MAXQDA 10 Software, and analyzed using the Graneheim and Lundman method.
Results: The study findings included eleven sub-categories and five categories. Categories relating to challenges of hospital preparedness in the management of chemical casualties included the lack of updated plans and protocols, ineffective training, organizational challenges, lack of legal and financial support and lack of infrastructure and decontamination equipment. The central theme was “Lack of priority of chemical events for policy makers”
Conclusion: The results of this study revealed that hospitals in Iran are facing challenges to acquire and maintain preparedness in response to chemical events. Therefore, national standards for hospital response to chemical events should be agreed upon by policy makers and their implementation should be evaluated in hospital accre
Keywords: chemical event, preparedness, hospital, qualitative research
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Article Type: Qualitative Study | Subject: Veterans or Handicapped Health
Received: 2022/08/6 | Accepted: 2022/10/25 | Published: 2022/11/1
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teymouri F, zareiyan A, Pishgooie S A H, bagheri H. Challenges of hospital preparedness in chemical events: A qualitative study. Iran J War Public Health 2022; 14 (4) :3-3
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