Envisioning Recovery is a framework for practice in the health care sector in preparedness for disasters, which can cause massive destruction and have a negative effect on the health of the citizens of a country including a high number of deaths (Butts & Rich, 2018). Envisioning recovery helps healthcare facilities to address future disasters. Since disasters affect a country’s healthcare system as some disasters can also affect the physical facilities of health care organizations (Butts ; Rich, 2018). These physical components are important in the administering of healthcare services to patients and without them, it is very difficult to administer these services (Butts ; Rich, 2018).
An example of a negative effect of a disaster is power disruption in a healthcare facility where patients would not be able to access diagnostics services as most diagnosis equipment require power for them to function (Villarruel, Bishop, Simpson, Jemmott, ; Fawcett, 2001). These disruptions may bring negative effects on the positive gains in the healthcare sector. Most healthcare facilities are unable to provide their services to the public and so are the healthcare workers who are unable to perform their duties sufficiently (Villarruel et al., 2001). Since the government is the major funder of health for most public healthcare facilities, these funds may be directed to mitigate the disaster leaving most healthcare facilities without sustainable funding to perform their duties (Villarruel et al., 2001).
Due to this negative effects in the healthcare system, strategies to improve how healthcare system overcome disasters have been put in place to enable better and continuous provision of healthcare services to the public (Butts ; Rich, 2018). This can include guidance to public healthcare officials on how to address post-disaster effects through procedural policies and decisions in overcoming any challenges that may be associated with most disasters. Envisioning recovery will enhance a more sustainable and resilient healthcare sector (Butts ; Rich, 2018). Assessments are also conducted to determine what disasters might affect healthcare facilities and a plan to address the issues is implemented to prepare the healthcare organization for any disaster (Butts ; Rich, 2018).
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