Develop medical emergency plan
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop an overarching plan to deal with future medical emergencies through consultation with the local community and other stakeholders. It requires the ability to ascertain the scope of emergency services and treatments that the health service or centre can provide, determine clinical response options, and to develop and document clear plans, procedures and reporting requirements.
This unit applies to senior roles in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations that provide primary health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities. It is specific to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working as health workers or health practitioners.
No regulatory requirement for certification, occupational or business licensing is linked to this unit at the time of publication. For information about practitioner registration and accredited courses of study, contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).
Emergency and Disaster Response
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Determine scope of emergency service provision.
- Complete a risk assessment to determine organisation’s capacity to provide known and potential client and community emergency care needs.
- Identify potential medical emergencies to be considered and their scope.
- Identify available organisational facilities, equipment, standard treatment protocols, and other resources and assess suitability for emergency treatments.
- Identify boundaries of legal authority for health workers and practitioners and assess organisation’s human resource capacity to provide emergency treatments.
- Source information from emergency service agencies and other health service providers and investigate options for responding to medical emergencies.
- Create medical emergency plan.
- Determine emergency clinical response options from information gathered.
- Determine evacuation or referral requirements for circumstances beyond the organisation’s capacity.
- Consult with community to confirm preferred response options for key types of medical emergencies.
- Confirm response options meet organisation’s legal requirements, boundaries of authority and capacity to provide emergency treatments.
- Confirm resource availability and take action to address any shortfalls.
- Determine and document resource, service and budgetary implications of proposed plan and obtain approval.
- Document agreed medical emergency plan with clear actions, procedures and responsibilities for all parties.
- Document risk assessment and reporting requirements for emergency medical care.
- Include evaluation and feedback mechanisms in the plan.
- Communicate medical emergency plan.
- Identify information needs of different stakeholders.
- Communicate plan, policies, procedures and reporting requirements to organisation’s primary health care team and ensure understanding of roles and responsibilities.
- Distribute the plan to external agencies and health service providers involved in providing emergency care.
- Liaise with external stakeholders to ensure joint understanding of specific roles and responsibilities of all parties.
- Review medical emergency action plan.
- Analyse registers of emergencies to identify types of emergencies managed, associated risks and lessons learned.
- Consult stakeholders about effectiveness of medical emergency plan after implementation and experience with emergencies.
- Amend emergency plan to address feedback, analysis and any other changed requirements.
- Communicate amended plan to all stakeholders.
Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.
Reading skills to:
- interpret varied, unfamiliar and complex organisational information, and from external agencies and other health care providers.
Writing skills to:
- structure and draft a formal action planning document
- produce detailed plans and procedures for emergency response using language and format easily understood by a diverse audience.
Oral communication skills to:
- ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen during community and stakeholder interactions.
Numeracy skills to:
- investigate and report on costs for medical emergency responses.
Technology skills to:
- use a computer and features of software packages to create a planning document.
UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION
No equivalent unit.
For details, refer to the full mapping table in the Draft 2 Validation Guide.
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