Understanding the Impacts of Maritime Disruption Transportation to Hospital-Based Acute Health Care Supplies and Personnel in Coastal and Geographically Isolated Communities

Natural disasters and other hazards can disrupt the maritime transportation system. These disruptions can impact public health, especially in coastal communities, when the transportation of health care supplies and heath care personnel are compromised. In this study, two communities in British Columbia, accessible only through maritime or air transportation, are examined: Greater Victoria, an urban center, and Powell River Regional District, a more remote community. Interviews were conducted with participants knowledgeable of the health care supply chain and emergency management plans in place. Interviews focused on probable impacts to acute health care delivery during a maritime disruption and what could be done to enhance resilience. Key points from interviews included lack of preparedness, lack of on-site storage, interdependence with other supply chains, and lack of information about the existing supply chain. Suggestions to foster system resilience included adding redundancy, improving resource allocation, improving response policies, and increasing collaboration.


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  • Accession Number: 01738933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2020 2:56PM