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Water safety and disaster management procedures reported by Louisiana health care food service directors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15991682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eighty health care food service directors in Louisiana were surveyed regarding their knowledge of policies and procedures their facilities have for water management in natural disasters and emergencies. Questionnaires were mailed to hospital and long-term-care food service directors in Louisiana. Responses indicated that hurricanes were the most common natural disaster affecting the facilities, frequently resulting in loss of electrical-power and natural-gas services. Food service directors had some knowledge of the content of emergency/disaster plans in their facilities, but were unfamiliar with procedures for obtaining water from alternative sources. The majority of health care facilities did not test water quality as part of normal operating procedures. To facilitate production of safe, quality food from alternative potable-water sources when needed, health care food service directors should review the emergency/disaster plans of their facilities for potable-water procedures.
Bonnie L Gerald
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-04     Completed Date:  2005-11-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston 71272, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disaster Planning*
Food Service, Hospital*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Long-Term Care
Personnel, Hospital
Safety Management*
Water Supply*

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