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Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

Ambulance in front of Barzilai medical centre in southern Israel
Israeli Ministry of Health


Israel has developed emergency preparedness programmes to ensure continuous operation of medical facilities before, during, and after a crisis. Hospitals have secured non-structural hospital elements, such as medical equipment, furniture and beds, with special joints and screws to reduce their risk of falling or moving during emergencies. To ensure staff safety, general hospitals have installed decontamination facilities for toxic, chemical and radiological events.

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