HAP Blog

December 14, 2021

Lessons in Situational Awareness

When I think of situational awareness, I think of learning to drive and the instructor’s reminder to scan the rear view mirrors every five to eight seconds. When you lose sight of the road—to answer a text or reach for your E-ZPass—you’re losing awareness of your environment and your ability to react quickly. Situational awareness is the bedrock principle of emergency preparedness that never goes out of style.

December 10, 2021

Supporting our Hospitals through Crisis

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania is under siege by another surge in hospitalizations. For perspective, close to an additional 1,050 patients now require hospitalization for COVID since Thanksgiving and nearly 190 of them are in intensive care units. This is a 30 percent increase in hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks alone.

November 15, 2021

Don’t Let Staff Shortages Undermine Your Emergency Preparedness

Hospitals all over the nation are juggling dozens of challenges at once, with inpatient units near capacity and emergency departments often overcrowded. We’re maintaining everyday operations while trying to stay ahead of a novel virus. Then, there are the staffing shortages.

November 01, 2021

3 Lessons COVID-19 Taught Us about Supply Chain Risks

We know what supply chain disruptions mean for health care facilities. Early during 2020, our supply chain headaches complicated our efforts to combat a novel virus, as everyday items like masks, gloves, and gowns became precious resources, and we struggled to source ventilators and other essential medical equipment needed for patient care.

October 15, 2021

What to Expect During an Unpredictable Flu Season

While we’ve always been able to count on our flu strategies, here comes the curveball. COVID-19 has changed the landscape for infectious disease planning, mitigation, and response. Interest in public health is at an all-time high as people seek out information to make health decisions from reliable and not-so-reliable sources. This winter, hospitals could face a potential flu epidemic on top of their COVID-19 caseloads.