Document Type : Original Article


Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


INTRODUCTION: The occurrence of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and storms often
has devastating effects on human societies and causes heavy casualties on their inhabitants. By
destroying the buildings and infrastructure of society, these events impose a wide range of economic
and social burdens on societies and countries. Research in the management of incidental accidents
improves the ability to respond correctly in the event of accidents. Therefore, this study was conducted
to evaluate the readiness of hospitals in unexpected events in 2017.
METHODS: This cross‑sectional study was conducted in 2017 on 10 selected hospitals affiliated to
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Data collection with the standard checklist included 137 yes/
no questions in 10 areas of emergency, admission, transmission, traffic, communication, security,
human resources, management, education, and support. At the end of the study, the data were
encoded and entered into the SPSS 22 software and were examined.
RESULTS: The results of this study showed that the readiness of hospitals in each of the areas studied
was as follows: emergency (79% = good), admission (72.5% = good), transmission (70.4% = good),
traffic (58% = moderate), communication (79.6% = Good), security (59.7% = average), human
resources (83.6% = very good), management (58% = moderate), education (81% = very good),
support (73% = good), and command and management (81.8% = very good).
CONCLUSION: Since hospital conditions are completely changed during a crisis, hospital adaptation
to new conditions should be based on the projected plans. As a result, everyone should be prepared
to take responsibility according to their responsibilities.


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